Hey, You’re Fired, Old Man,’ Manager Tells Janitor, Not Knowing He’ll Be Her Boss the Next Day – Story of the Day

Nia looked at the faces turn serious and grinned proudly at her own idea. The staff, however, were utterly shaken by such a drastic decision. They couldn’t work knowing that any small mistake, conscious or unaware, would cost them the money that paid most of their bills.

The men and women looked at each other in shock, wondering if they should try to reason with Nia. Let success get to your head, and it will bring you down on your knees. Even though the woman had changed a lot in the past week, every employee in the store was happy for Nia. They all knew how hard she had worked for it for the last three years. They all knew how passionate she was about this industry. And they were happy that someone who started as an intern on the floor had risen to such heights.

However, Nia’s newfound boldness was doing more damage than good for the store and the people who worked there. Since day one on the new post, she had been changing things, setting unrealistically high expectations from people she knew were hardworking, and reacting to the smallest mistakes with excessive anger and impatience.Except today, when the most unexpected person from the group spoke up.

“Nia, child, I’ve got something to say,” Victor raised his shaky hand and smiled. Nia reluctantly turned to him. She was in no mood to take feedback or suggestions from the 68-year-old janitor of the store. “Firstly, let me tell you that we’re all very happy to help you with your vision for the store, Nia,” Victor said, bringing a smile to the lady’s face. “But I think this new challenge will make us work in fear. None of us wants to lose our incentive, and maybe we could find a way to let go of the small mistakes—”

Nia had tuned out from Victor’s suggestions and couldn’t stop imagining what the others on the team were thinking as they nodded in agreement with the old man. “I can’t let Victor talk to me like he’s on my level. I don’t want to send that message to the others here,” Nia thought.

“Victor, that’s enough!” she blurted, much to everyone’s shock. “How about we fix our own mistakes before throwing suggestions around, huh, Victor? Do you think I haven’t been noticing how late you arrive to work every day? Or how long your lunch breaks are? You may have been allowed all that in the past, but not anymore. From now on, as per my rules, you need to—”

“Nia, there’s a reason why I’ve been coming later than the others…”Nia couldn’t believe that the old man had interrupted her again. Looking at the other employees stare at her, anticipating her reaction, she decided to put her foot down and set an example once and for all. “I don’t care about the reason! And you weren’t given permission to interrupt me, were you?”

Victor froze in disbelief, as he had never been on the receiving end of Nia’s anger or insults before. “Let this be an example, folks,” Nia said. “Anyone who makes excuses on my watch will be fired. Just like Victor here is about to be!” she declared.

Victor’s face went pale, and he was prepared to beg for his job back. “That’s right. Hey! You’re fired, old man! Thank you for all those years. But I don’t see you fit to work here anymore. Leave, please!” Nia sounded almost jubilant as she laid the old man off.

Realizing that nothing could change Nia’s mind, Victor quietly walked out of the store as the staff watched him go, shocked and with tears in their eyes. That may have been the end of Victor’s job as a janitor at the store. Still, something unimaginably bigger was about to come his way the following day.Nia was a hardworking woman, but her most recent promotion at the store changed her into an aggressive, impatient boss. She got away with it until she chose to insult and fire the old janitor.

It had only been a week since Nia’s big promotion, and she still couldn’t believe it. She was now the general manager of one of the outlets of a fashion retail giant.

Years before she got the promotion, Nia had filled up a binder with ideas on how she would improve the store if she ever got the chance. This morning, the binder sat proudly on her desk as Nia addressed the staff shortly before the shutters went up. “Alright, guys. Is everyone clear on the new protocols we’re going to follow?” she asked. The staff replied in nods, kind smiles, and a few gentle yeses.