I hope I didn't get you all excited about the drama that was to unfold today. Turns out things didn't go quite as planned, but that's a good thing.
My manager was all set to fire someone and she was working herself up in a tizzy about it. She was really concerned that he would refuse to leave or he would get upset. When it comes right down to it, they just don't get along. She's the manager and he's not so, like a bad relationship, you can continue to suffer or you can end it and move on. I think this was what she felt she was supposed to do but she really didn't want to do it.
Honestly, he's our best employee, and it's a shame he's leaving but I really think it's time for him to move on. He put in his two weeks' notice this morning.
I'd have been beyond frustrated if I was him, too. One person was almost 40 minutes late and the other person was over an hour late, which is really bad because they live together and everyone knows they were out drinking last night.
I say, get your priorities straight. If you want to get shitfaced all the time, then find a job where you work at 3 in the afternoon, not one where you occasionally have to be in at 6 or 7 in the morning. It's totally disrespectful to your co-workers to walk in whenever you feel like it.
Because of these guys sauntering in hungover, our punctual employee was really pissed off. He's always there on time, if not early; he does everything that the morning shifts are supposed to cover before the first hour is up (panning muffins and other pastries, grinding the coffee of the day, etc…); all the customers know him and he has people's drinks ready before they even finish paying.
I'm sad he's leaving (it will be nearly impossible to fill his shoes) but I really feel this is the best situation for him. It's one of those things where you've been doing something for so long that you get used to it, even if you're miserable. I think he'll look back on this in a year and feel like it was one of the best decisions he's ever made.