ALL YE HUMAN resource managers and CEOs, think twice before firing your employees. Hell hath no fury like a sacked employee. Just ask Christopher Dorner and his former employers, the LAPD. I’m not condoning violence and I would certainly never do what Dorner did but you have to wonder if he wasn’t pushed into doing what he did.
I’ve heard and read about so many cases of unfair or wrongful dismal which caused anguish and prompted similar violent revenge attacks. While you sympathise with the victims of such tragedies, you also reserve thoughts for the perpetrators. Losing a job is bad in itself. Losing it unfairly is worse. I’m sure you all know or have heard of someone who lost their job only to be replaced by the boss’s mistress, nephew or close friend. It hurts but more than that, it may spur a whole range of aggressive reactions.
Some people have committed suicide because they didn’t know what else to do. When you have a job, you know you can pay the bills and take care of your family. Lose it and
things change just like that. If you’re lucky, you’ll find another job and hopefully not be fired again. But that is not the case every time.
According to press reports, Dorner was fired back in 2009 and apparently, his race had something to do with it. How wrong is that? His friends and family maintain he was a good man and they’re baffled by his violent actions. In a way, I’m glad Dorner died because if he had emerged from that stand-off alive, he would just have gone on to serve life or most likely, get the death penalty for the lives he took, which would never have happened had he not been fired in the first place.
You see where I’m going with this? Back to vengeance, V is for Vendetta indeed. When people are treated in a manner they deem unjust, they are bound to seek revenge and it never ends well. Wrongfully convicted people have gone on to kill the prosecutors or judges who presided over their cases.
Some terrorists have confessed that they only took up arms to avenge a parent, sibling or friend’s death. We may be quick to pass judgment and point out how twisted they are, wondering why they took the law in their own hands but in a world where justice is usually either delayed or not served at all, perhaps we shouldn’t be so judgmental.
It’s hard to know what our own reactions would be under similar circumstances. Speaking of grudges, haven’t you kept one at one time or another? I know I have. Like the one I’m nursing over that guy who broke my heart many years ago. My revenge plot which is yet to be effected involves flaunting my very handsome, accomplished and rich husband, everything my useless ex wasn’t. I just need to find that husband.
As for my current supervisor who gave me the lowest performance score of my short career, I plan to work so hard and excel at whatever I do so that ten or twenty years from now when his kids are looking for jobs and I’m a powerful CEO, I’ll exact my revenge. I’m not sure yet whether I should give them false hopes and then at the last minute tell them they didn’t qualify for the post, or hire them but pay them peanuts with no plans to ever give them a promotion. If you think that’s mean and unfair, you
probably haven’t been reading your Bible. The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children...
To be continued…