You’re Going to Hell – Part 2

“Your Going to Hell! – Part 2”
(Sometimes Life Gives You Some Justice!)

There was a follow-up story to my first article in this series involving yet another charitable organization that the Goodstone Tire & Chemical Company forced their employees to support.  This charity drive came the month following the first.  In those days the contribution the company wanted you to make was $15.  I will have to admit that I didn’t have any particular objection to this charity, but refused to donate because of the excruciating pressure they always placed on me to donate to the first one.

I had been in this job for several years, always refusing to donate to either.  One day my manager, who I refer to affectionately as “RM”, called me down to his office with a tone in his voice that was much calmer than usual when he was dealing with me.

“Clay”  he said.  “I was just wanting to ask you if you had changed your hard hearted attitude towards giving to this charity.” (referring to the second one).

“No, RM.  I still don’t want to contribute.”

“Well, Clay, I am volunteering you to be this year’s solicitor.”  He said this with a smirk on his face as he handed me a list of the 68 people that were a part of the department.

“I won’t be your solicitor for anything.”  As I said this I could see him bracing himself for another battle.  “But I’ll tell you what I ‘ll do to help you out.  I’ll go around to everyone and collect what they wish to contribute, but I won’t solicit for this organization.”

RM almost fell out of his chair.  He was surprised, and I think a little disappointed that I was being so cooperative.  So I took the list of department names and strolled out of his office.  The next day I engaged in my “collection” activity.  I walked into everyone’s lab or office and gave them my spiel, which went something like this:

“John, you don’t want to contribute anything to this “2nd Charity” drive do you?”  Now before John could even muster a smidgeling of a response I would say “I didn’t think so!”  Then I would quickly leave his lab and write a big ZERO by his name.

In the entire department there  was only one person who stopped me and said.  “Now Clay that is not the proper question.  The question should be how much money does the company want me to contribute.”  I told him the company wanted him to contribute $15, so he said that is what he would contribute.  This particular guy was a junior manager, a consummate organizational politician who  would later become vice president of the entire research division.  The ironic thing about his contribution was that he was Jewish and the “2nd Charity” was a Christian organization who had tons of people in Israel trying to convert Jews to Christianity.

The next day I went back to RM and told him I was finished with the collection process, and that I had talked to everyone except the two people who happened to be on vacation that week.  I then handed him this list of 68 names, all with a big ZERO by their name.  Except, of course, for the one junior manager who had contributed the $15.  As he scanned down the list and saw all those goose eggs, he began to fume.  I could see his face getting red and I swear he had blood vessels beginning to pop out of the top of his head.  I could easily see this since he had been “hair-challenged” for many years.   (You will hear the story of “The Toad” in a future story, who would also have problems with blood vessels popping out the top of his head!)

“You’re going to Hell!” He yelled at me.  I told him that he had already informed me of this the previous month when we had the “1st charity” drive.  “That’s the difference between me and you,” he snorted.  “When the company asks me to jump, I always ask how high.  You are never going to get a raise or promotion.”  The next day he roped some other sucker to go around and “solicit” for the charity.  Most in the department ended up contributing.  Oh well, I tried!

The last part of his rant  was pretty close to the truth as I never received a promotion and only received minimal wage increases.  However, there is a rather funny follow-up to this story.  About a month later the company had a huge division reorganization and he was shoved aside into a “special project” group as a temporary holding cell until he could be forced to retire.   The day after the announcement he passed by me in the hallway.  I looked him in the eyes and grinned.  Somehow I just knew he understood why.

Sometimes life gives you some justice, even if YOU ARE GOING TO HELL!


About clayandali
Trained as a research chemist, but have been involved with Entrepreneurship for over 30 years. I have been involved in photography for 41 years. Ali is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH. She loves both portrait and landscape work.

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