Courtney, a 24-year-old barista, had been working at a coffee shop for nearly a year. Throughout that time, she formed a friendship with her coworkers, Sarah (21f) and Tom (19m), and they often hung out outside of work.
A Roach-Ridden Workplace
Here’s where things get buggy. The coffee shop had a cockroach infestation that seemed to be getting worse by the day.
It Was Disgusting
Courtney, Sarah, and Tom couldn’t help but talk about how disgusting it was to have those creepy crawlers roaming around.
They Don’t Want to Lose Their Jobs
Courtney even mentioned the idea of calling the health department, but both Sarah and Tom expressed concerns about losing their jobs if the place got shut down.
Wanting to be considerate, Courtney decided to hold off on taking any action – for a while, at least.
Fast forward two months, and all three of them managed to find better job opportunities.
The Standard Two Weeks’ Notice
Sarah and Tom gave their notices well in advance, while Courtney, excited about her new gig with a significant pay raise, decided to stick to the standard two weeks’ notice.
It Had Become Unbearable
Working at the coffee shop had become unbearable, especially with the notoriously terrible owner on top of the roach situation. Courtney believed two weeks would suffice.
A Shocking Departure
After submitting her notice, Courtney received a call from her boss, who instructed her to return her key and not come back.
When she dropped off the key, she noticed Sarah and Tom appeared somewhat annoyed, but she attributed it to them having a rough day.
However, soon after, both Sarah and Tom stopped responding to her texts altogether.
Courtney’s Decision to Act
But let’s talk about those pesky pests. Courtney couldn’t get the image of those cockroaches out of her mind.
The Owner Refused to Hire an Exterminator
The fact that the owner refused to hire an exterminator and continued serving food disgusted her.
Contacting the Health Department
Waiting until after Sarah and Tom had left their jobs, Courtney made a decision.
She called the health department and sent them all the photos she had taken – the roaches crawling in the kitchen, infesting the drink station, and even invading the ice maker. Gross, right?
A few days later, Courtney woke up to a scathing text from Tom.
While it’s too long to type out the whole thing, the main points can be summarized as follows: he accused her of needing therapy, criticized her “sad” behavior, claimed that her call to the health department jeopardized people’s livelihoods (even though she never mentioned it to anyone), and called her a liar incapable of telling the truth or taking responsibility for her actions.
Tom’s Personal Attack
To add insult to injury, he went on to make personal attacks about her marriage, revealing private details that she had only shared with Sarah.
Wishing Karma Upon Her
He concluded the text by wishing karma upon her and attempting to make her feel guilty for treating supposedly “nice” people the way she did.
Confusion and Self-Doubt
Courtney was left dumbfounded. She couldn’t comprehend where all this anger was coming from. Prior to this incident, the three of them had never experienced any disagreements or fights.
Moreover, Courtney couldn’t understand why Tom was so furious about her calling the health department when both he and Sarah had already left the job.
She Was Looking for Perspective
With all the hurtful things Tom said in his text, many of them deeply personal, Courtney couldn’t help but question if she had done something wrong by reporting the coffee shop to the health department.
Prioritizing Well-Being and Integrity in the Face of Adversity
There’s a clear moral to this story – always prioritize the well-being and safety of others, even if it means facing backlash or losing friends.
It is important to take action when confronted with an issue that poses a risk to others, such as health and safety concerns.
Surround Yourself With People Who Share Your Values
True friends and genuine relationships will support your decision to do what is right, while those who react negatively may reveal their true character.
Stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity, and surround yourself with people who share your values and integrity.
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