The year was 1982.
I was working my first job in the lab. One of the older techs and I were working a shift that day; she told me that she was going to open a sweet shop/bakery/candy store and that her son Bruce was going to run it.
It was going to be one of these upscale places where you walk in and there’s candy everywhere, goodies everywhere — would make Wonka’s Chocolate Factory look like a kid selling sweets door to door for a class trip.
She described the store — sounded like quite an operation — and then I asked her if she was going to quit the lab and work there instead.
No, she said — the store was going to be for her son Bruce.
Bruce had an MBA from a top college and could not find a job.
Before that, he had a series of retail jobs, working in various departments.
I said to her, “What’s wrong? He’s intelligent and has fantastic education?”
She told me that no matter where he went he came up dry.
That store took off and had a good following — I don’t know what happened to Bruce after I quit that lab 5 years later.
Then there’s Frank. Brilliant man, CPA like nobody’s business. Fan of opera, church going — and no job.
It was about 10 years ago he lost his job; I am not sure what happened (I knew him from a group I belonged to) but he found nothing after that, last I heard — and that was a year or 2 ago.
Frank is about 62 now, I think. It was so bad that he wasn’t able to renew his membership in the group and the dues were only $20. (He was a long standing member and they could have let him have membership for free but hey, that’s how it rolls. I was kind of pissed when they didn’t waive membership dues for him) I was no longer a member of the group when that happened to Frank; if I was, I’d have paid dues for him. And made them swear their utmost not to tell him a benefactor paid for his dues.
Years ago NOBODY had an MBA. I don’t know why Bruce was not able to find anything and I don’t know why Frank was at a loss — okay, he could be a little…adamant but I am sure he didn’t do that in an interview. We are all a pain in the ass in our own way but this is a guy who was denied a job for wow, who knows what reason?
Franks and Bruces (and Lennys) are becoming more common. At this point, I don’t care if Frank is Attilla the Hun or the Boston Strangler — it is pretty pathetic and sad and disgusting and a poor commentary about what they “do” with the good people with fine educations and great experience: Their reward for all of the aforementioned is what, no job?.