I Have Food Poisoning!!!

When I was a trainer at Circuit City, we conducted or workshops in hotels. The food was particularly awful at one hotel. I picked out a slice of pie and gave it a taste. I asked the cook what type of pie it was. She asked what it tasted like. I said “glue”. “Then it’s apple. The cherry pie teases like dirt”.


I had a boss who told me three secrets to a happy life are ‘sleep well, eat well and love well. That’s kind of easy when you’re a multi-millionaire like he was. He would eat at fine restaurants every day FOR LUNCH!


Meanwhile, I was either brown-bagging it or digging through my desk, pants pockets or car to find enough money to eat well at McDonald’s.


I had another boss who told me I needed to get my bachelors degree in business. I told him that I couldn’t afford to go to college. His response? “You can’t afford not to go”. I wanted to throat punch him right there but I couldn’t because it was at our company Christmas party.


Instead, I just stuck my hand out and asked for the money. He didn’t know how to respond so I said, “It’s really quite simple, really. You think I can’t afford not to attend college and I can’t pay for it, so I must conclude that you’re going to pay for my degree”.


He finally said that my employer would pay for it. Great. So I secured $10,000 in student loans. I didn’t need more because I was given credit for my previous college experience. So, I cruised through the first year and turned in my receipts, along with my grades (4.0) and guess what? I was told there wasn’t enough money to reimburse me. What???


What a nightmare. The good and bad parts are that when I became disabled, my loans were forgiven. But, that meant I had to claim the ten grand as income, so I ended up sending the IRS a check. I was angry all over again.

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3 thoughts on “I Have Food Poisoning!!!

  1. One of the more annoying species on God’s Earth. Those who are financially secure who like to pontificate to struggling folk either on how to get rich, or how money does not matter, or how bad-tempered some (ie poor) folk can be.

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