Forced Labor

by Evil HR Lady on October 20, 2007

This has nothing to do with HR (well, maybe the aspect of getting some lazy jerk to actually do work), but it amused me, so I’m sharing.

The couple was stunned when they walked in the door to find the place ransacked, with many of their possessions scattered all over the place. And as Adrian went through the residence examining the damage in each room he was even more surprised to see the intruder brazenly stroll through the back door and run straight into him – wearing one of his own hats.

The startled burglar tried to run, but McKinnon pulled out a gun and aimed it at him. But he didn’t call the police right away. Instead, this victim was devising a plan to make the robber pay for his crime on the spot. So he ordered the stranger to clean up the house. “We made this man clean up all the mess he made, piles of stuff, he had thrown out of my drawers and cabinets onto the floor,” Tiffany recalls.

When cops were finally summoned, the suspect complained bitterly about the work he’d had to do, but they were less than impressed with his gripes. Neither were the McKinnons. “This man had the nerve to raise sand about us making him clean up the mess he made in my house,” Tiffany emotes. “The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead.”

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KarthikKaraikudy October 20, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Had a great laugh. Of course, they had the presence of mind to take the job out of him before handing over to the police. Great presence of mind. Also the guy had the composure not to shoot him.
I had read some stories in Indian mythology on these lines(Taking work out of a robber who came to steal). So these things happen!!!.

Karthik
Bangalore, India.

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tabitharuth October 20, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Ha! Serves him right.

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Wally Bock October 20, 2007 at 10:01 pm

I expect to hear more of this story. The bad guy will go to jail and soon enough we’ll hear that he’s filed suit against the homeowners for forced labor or perhaps even robbery (the taking of money or value by force or fear). Emotional distress will raise the stakes as the poor burglar engages that fellow in DC who tried to get a million bucks for a lost pair of pants. Big name attorneys will begin to show up, forming a pick-up “Dream Team.” Then, as the sun sinks in the west, a judge will award the burglar the couple’s house as damages and order that they must clean it for him.

Gosh I’m cynical sometimes.

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Evil HR Lady October 21, 2007 at 2:40 am

Wally, you are no longer my friend. An you’ve probably been reading overlawyered.com, haven’t you?

Bad, bad Wally! Except that you’re probably right. Hopefully the jury will have the same attitude as the policeman.

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Ms Bart October 21, 2007 at 4:25 pm

I love the story! Of course, I’m now envisioning college students in cheap housing in borderline neighborhoods who don’t like to clean trying to take advantage of robbers.

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Class factotum October 21, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Hurray for the Second Amendment! Burglars might not be scared of jail, but I’ll bet they don’t like doing windows. I hope this catches on.

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