Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Senor Payroll." William E. Barrett.

One-minute review: A group of shrewd Mexicans get around the organization’s rules. The Mexican stokers were great workers, but they could not go from payroll to payroll every two weeks. So they asked for advances during the mid weeks. The company decided that that had to stop. Too much paperwork. Advances would be allowed only for emergencies. There followed many an emergency—wives, children frightfully sick.

Next, the company said they would pay them only if they were quitting. Now the stokers quit and came back the next day to be rehired. Then the company said they would only be rehired after thirty days, so the stokers were rehired using fictitious names.

This time the company quit putting up notices. The Mexicans had won the duel.

Comment: Delightful story in the telling. RayS.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961.

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