He Gave His Brother-in-Law a Job in His Auto Shop, but When He Fired Him for Drunkenly Totaling a Client’s Car, His Wife Begged Him to Reconsider

A man recently wrote to an online forum to share a difficult situation he had with his family. He gave his brother-in-law a job in his auto shop but fired him when he drunkenly crashed a car, but now his family is upset with him.

Family setup

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The man wrote, “I have been married to my wife, Pam, 36, for 15 years. We have a 14-year-old son, and Pam has a younger brother, Dwight, 28, who is having some financial difficulties.”

Another favor

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“Around six months ago, Dwight reached out to me for help finding a new job,” he added. “He said he quit the previous job I found for him, claiming an ‘abusive work environment,’ and he said he needed a new job urgently since his wife was about to give birth.”

Auto shop

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The man owned an auto shop and a few other businesses. He thought Dwight was interested in cars, and Pam thought it was a great idea to help him out.

No commitment

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As the months went by, it became clear that Dwight was not interested in the job. Instead of committing to learning the trade, he spent most of his days sitting around and watching anime on his phone.

Poor worker

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Dwight rarely showed up on time. He often finished early for the day too, but even during the few hours he did work, he wasn’t very productive. He was a real problem.

New role

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The auto shop served a high-class clientele. They ran a pickup and delivery service for their clients. The man put Dwight in charge of deliveries, but he messed that up, too.

Last straw

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One day, Dwight called the man to tell him his partner had a hospital appointment and that he couldn’t deliver a car. He informed the man he’d drop it off first thing in the morning.

Shock call

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At 4:00 a.m. that morning, Dwight called the man. He explained that he had crashed the car while drunk, about 150 miles away from where he was meant to drop it off.

Footing the bill

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Dwight had totaled the car and damaged roadside barriers. All in all, it cost the man $70,000 to replace the car, on top of the reputational damage to his business.

Cut loose

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The man fired Dwight. He felt that he had no choice. However, his decision caused a schism within his family.

Pam’s U-turn

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A week later, even Pam had changed her tune. She begged the man to reconsider his decision. To make matters worse, his in-laws started to apply pressure, and it descended into a heated argument.

Was he right?

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The man’s extended family took Dwight’s side, but he felt he was right to let him go. He wrote to an internet forum to ask for a second opinion.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Do not listen to your family; they have shown they do not have your best interests in mind.”

While another replied, “It would be idiotic and irresponsible to keep an employee who shows he’s unable to perform even the simplest of tasks, much less actually show up on time.”

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