A small business owner was feeling down after a string of bad luck with several employees of his. That was until he had an idea to take revenge on one of them. Here’s what he had to say.
He was a shoemaker
The man started by explaining that he was a shoemaker who owned his own small business. He had to employ other skilled shoemakers to make his business run efficiently. Unfortunately, since he was a kind and generous person, many employees took advantage of him.
He had a revolving door of employees
“During a particularly difficult period,” he said, “I had one after another start a job, then after a few days or weeks ask to borrow money, then quickly do a disappearing act or simply go back to the job they came from with a bonus from my pocket.” There were many who did this because of how in demand their skills were. It was easy to jump from job to job without staying.
It happened again
The man tried not to let anyone else take advantage of him again, but his heart wouldn’t let him. A new employee asked to borrow some money—300 dollars, to be precise—and he agreed. He’d also given the employee a custom suit he’d commissioned for him from a tailor, plus a pair of shoes he made himself. This was all in preparation for their grand opening, and he desperately needed the employee’s help. Sadly, it was the last time he saw that employee.
He didn’t want to tarnish that day
It was bad timing, too, considering the man had just proposed to his girlfriend. It was supposed to be a happy day, and now it was at risk of being tarnished forever. That was, until he came up with an idea.
He and his friend hatched a plan
He soon began cooking up the perfect plan for revenge. “With a willing friend,” the man explained, “we created a new fake job posting on the same website that I found him at and tailored it to his background, ethnicity, and aspirations. The job offer was way too enticing to resist, with plenty of benefits.”
The ex-employee applied
A couple of weeks later, the ex-employee found the job posting and applied. The plan was in motion. The next step was to orchestrate a fake job interview.
His friend did the interview
“We arranged a meeting at an outdoor café with my friend being the interviewer,” said the man. “I managed to observe the interview from directly above, by positioning myself on a skywalk nearby.” His friend pretended to work with the U.N. As a prerequisite for the interview, the ex-employee had to present his passport.
They held his passport hostage
Under the guise of making a copy, his “U.N.” friend left with the applicant’s passport. That’s when the man sprung his trap, passing the applicant a plastic bag. “Inside was a peculiar outfit consisting of a colorful My Little Pony vest, boxer shorts, and child flip-flops,” he said. “I set all this up just to retrieve the suit, waistcoat, and shoes (a pair I made).”
He got photographic evidence
The applicant changed into his replacement outfit, and the man retrieved his property. Even though he knew he wouldn’t get his money back, having the clothes back was enough for him. That and some photographic evidence of the ex-employee sulking away in defeat.
People on the Internet responded
Commenters were pleased with the happy ending to the story. One reply said, “I bow down to your brilliance! Well done.” Another commenter added, “That’s utter perfection.”
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