Finding $20 got me fired from a great job

A few years ago, I got my first job after finishing technical school. I was fresh out of college and I still had a lot to learn. I took a job working for a heating and cooling company. I had to drive 25 minutes to work each morning, but at least it was all on the interstate. I lived in a very small town, and the single heating and cooling company only had family employees. I didn’t mind having to drive to the city for work, especially because I had a new car. The car was a gift from my mom and dad, when I graduated and passed my HVAC certification test. I had a hard time getting along with the crew, because they worked together for a very long time. In the first two months, I barely left the shop. I was stuck performing all of the grunt work, like filling up chemical containers, stocking trucks, and sweeping the floors. After that, I started going out to assist other heating and cooling technicians with their installation jobs. It was boring, but at least I got out of the shop a few days each week. During a furnace installation, I found a $20 bill in the parking lot. I scooped it up quickly and put it in my pocket. I thought it was my lucky day. Later that afternoon, the boss called me to the office. I thought I was going to get a pat on the back for a job well done, but he gave me the boot instead. The other technician dropped the $20 bill in the parking lot on purpose, and I was deemed a thief for picking it up.


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