A man owned his own plumbing company and had hired his brother three years ago. Over the years, his brother had expressed his great enjoyment of the job, but a decision that the brother recently made caused the man to promptly put a stop to the arrangement.
During the pandemic, the man’s brother was struggling significantly, having lost his job due to isolation mandates. In an attempt to help his sibling, the man offered him a job at his plumbing business, and the brother happily accepted.
A Love for Plumbing
To the man’s surprise, his brother took a particular shine to plumbing. “He is now looking to become a master plumber and start his own business”, he explained.
The Surprise Proposal
The man had recently got married, and his brother served as the best man. However, during his speech, the brother would make a decision that would spoil the two brothers’ relationship. “He decided that during his speech he would give us all a big surprise and propose to his long-time girlfriend”, the man recounted.
Shifting the Limelight
“My wife and I were appalled”, the man explained. “We both feel like he stole the shine from our day. Everyone else in our families was so excited and kept taking pictures with her, looking at the ring, etc.”
Firing His Bro
The man’s reaction to his brother’s proposal would have profound consequences for both his family and his business. The very next day, he chose to terminate his brother’s employment.
He Couldn’t Understand
The brother’s reaction to this turn of events was full of confusion and dismay. “He still doesn’t understand why I did it”, the man scoffed. “He claims I’m being selfish and irrational, and our parents agree.”
His Parents’ Reactions
The man explained his parents’ perspective on the matter: “They’re saying that business should be separate from our personal lives”. However, he struggled to comprehend this perspective and felt that forgiving his brother for his actions wasn’t that simple.
The man had made his decision and promptly fired his brother against his family’s wishes. However, he made it clear that he did provide his brother with severance pay because whilst he couldn’t imagine working with the man anymore, he was still his brother and was not trying to ruin his life.
Justifying His Actions
The owner found himself wrestling with the decision. Whilst he felt that it was completely justified, he had also begun to ponder as to whether he was overthinking the situation. Regardless, it was a tough call: “I just can’t overlook what he did and how he ruined our big day”, he explained.
The man headed online to explain his somewhat guilty conscience, asking internet dwellers for their thoughts on his actions. The man was happy to find that most readers sympathized with him. “OMG… how many times does it have to be pointed out to people that you don’t propose at another person’s wedding?”, asked one reader rhetorically. “It’s lame, tacky, and disrespectful.”
A Competing Brother
One commenter pointed out that regardless of the wedding proposal, the man firing his brother was the right call. “He has made it known that he plans to start his own business… a competing business, so that’s even more grounds for letting him go”, they stated.
Another commenter added an element of dark humor to the thread. “I would tell him that he can have the job back after he pays for half of the reception since he turned it into a combination wedding reception and engagement party”, they laughed.
Everyone Messed Up
However, not everyone defended the man’s actions. “Never mix “family” and business”, reminded one person. “I learned that years ago and this is your lesson. You handled it badly because your brother did not commit a fireable offense. You’re justifying a business decision based on something that happened outside of business.”
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