This is Scott, and today he wants to talk about karma. Karma is a mysterious thing; we’ve all heard about it, but we rarely get proof that it exists. But on one unique day of his life, Scott experienced it, and he wants to share this story with you.
Scott comes from a family that isn’t particularly wealthy. His mom is single, and these are three of her kids. She’s always worked day and night to keep them dressed and fed, and her children tried their best to help her. What could they really do, though? Cleaning and cooking while she was out earning a living was really not a big deal. So Scott was relieved when he grew up a bit. Literally the next day, he started looking for a part-time job which he would be able to combine with school. Finally, he would be able to add at least something to the family budget.
His magic adventures in the world of work started, of course, in a fast food restaurant (where else?) Scott still remembers the day when he became a proud employee of “Dodo’s Pizza”. In his brand new visor hat and horrible oversized uniform jeans, he looked like a real chump, but he was proud of himself nevertheless. He remembered when he was a few years younger how much of an idiot he had been, always mocking guys like that in fast food restaurants thinking that they were pathetic. Even better, he was a hero of telephone pranks – he would call up various fast food restaurants and drive them mad. Now he was on the other side and was slightly ashamed of himself. Well, let bygones be bygones, and thank God I’ve grown up, he thought to himself.
He slowly started learning how to earn his weekly pay. First has was given the task of mopping the floors and cleaning the toilets. Then he gradually started giving a helping hand in the kitchen. Then one day, Scott reached the ultimate position – the cash register and the phone to take the pizza orders. If they had appointed him a CEO of the whole company he still couldn’t have been prouder of himself than that. It seems silly, but this work carries a certain responsibility with it, and he was sure he could deliver. He made the first bill two days before THE KARMA DAY and he needed time to get some practice.
But unfortunately, he didn’t get it. That day one girl from Scott’s shift got sick and had to go home, and the manager didn’t manage to find a substitute. In accordance with Murphy’s law, that day was extremely busy – it seemed like the whole city had suddenly decided they wanted a pizza or two. The kitchen guys were all super-busy and didn’t want a newbie by their side, so he was sent to take the orders and the money. With all these people waiting in a line he got super-nervous, and he was also scared of making a mistake. So he was working pretty slowly. The fact that the phone was constantly ringing didn’t help either.
Feeling absolutely desperate, he answered another call and heard the words: “Is your refrigerator running?” Scott was confused, and just said “Yes, why?” “Well then you gotta go and catch it!” A roar of laughter and they hung up. Gosh, couldn’t this have happened on another day? Okay Universe, I have learned the lesson, he thought. Can I get on with some work now? He realized now that it’s not nice to prank people when they’re working, especially on their busy day. And here goes karma moment #1. He sweated through another hour when he got another call from the same kid, who said to him: “Hello, sorry for bothering you, could you tell me where the nearest Pizza Hunt is?” Laughter again and he hung up. Scott was now feeling really mad. He remembered the number from the identifier. He noticed that the kid called a couple of times again later on, but he didn’t answer.
He was soooo tired by the end of the day but he was still feeling furious, so he took the time to call that number back. A man answered. “Excuse me, do you have a son?” The main confirmed that he did. Scott explained the whole situation to him expecting that he would laugh at him or just end the call. He just asked Scott where I was, asked him not to leave for another half an hour, and hung up. Scott still had work to do, but he felt a bit worried – who knows what he wanted to do to him, a simple cashier boy. But okay, he would wait.
Half an hour later, there was a hell of a scene – Scott and his team. A big angry man brought up a naughty looking teenager right by his ear in front of him and roared: “APOLOGIZE!” He gulped nervously and asked “Who, me?” “No, that imbecile of my son! Apologize for distracting decent people from working!” The boy squeaked something and Scott even felt a bit sorry for him. But he has to say that in a way, he enjoyed this karma #2 moment.
His dad turned out to be a really cool guy. He ordered five pizzas and left him a 35-dollar tip as an apology, which Scott was super-glad to bring home to his mom. Next time you want to make someone’s life inconvenient, think twice, because KARMA EXISTS.
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