David Banks was at one point in his career one of the most distinguished engineers in North America. But as he got older the technology and times changed. He had relied on his past performance to carry him through until retirement. During his early forties (which was at the peak of his success) he was living life in the fast lane with cocaine, escorts, and barrels and barrels of alchohol. Only a few years earlier he was thin and attractive but now he was heavy and looking more and more slovenly as he let his appearance slide. In his mid forties he was arrested for solicitation and that ended his marriage. His wife took the house and the kids, but David Banks was not overly concerned as he was still making well over 200,000 dollars a year as chief engineer at a reputable firm. Now that his wife and kids had left him he had become lonely and sunk further into drinking and depression. At the age of 50 he had erectile dysfunction and couldn't even visit the massage parlors any more. But he still had his job which defined his identity.
He watched as young bucks came through the ranks with their sophisticated computer programs and resented all of them. He was still on top and he would do everything in his power to sabotage the youngsters to keep them at the bottom. By the age of 52 he was nearly broke as he had developed a horrible gambling problem. His former wife tried to get him help with his addiction but he refused, he claimed that nobody loved him anymore. His life spiraled further out of control when he started to miss work and show up late reeking of alchohol.
Then one day he got hauled into the office of human resources. The two owners of the firm were there. They were brothers. The eldest brother spoke, "David. You have been here for almost thirty years. You are a brilliant engineer. But we have noticed lately that you have been on the slide."
David became defensive and stood up out of his chair and said, "What are you talking about. You're just trying to get rid of me so you can hire one of the young bucks at half my pay. Don't worry, I know what's going on."
The eldest brother continued, "That's not why you're here. You're here because of your drinking problem. You need help and we want to help."
David Banks grew loud and barked, "Here we go. So what if I like to have a few drinks. That doesn't make me an alcoholic. Are you guys experts."
"We want you to see a doctor and then check into rehab for a couple of months and when you come back your job will be waiting for you."
"I don't have a drinking problem. So just leave me alone."
"All right David, if you want to play it that way and refuse to get help, consider this your warning and the next time you come to work under the influence of alchohol you will be terminated."
The lady from human resources tried to make him sign a piece of paper that documented the meeting, but he refused and left the room.
Two days later he came in half drunk but nobody said anything.
Later that evening he received a phone call from the owner telling him to come by the office because they needed to have a chat. David Banks agreed and left home for the office.
When he arrived he rapped on the owner's door and a muffled voice said, "Come in."
David entered and sat down. There were just the two men.
The owner started the conversation, "Well David. We warned you and you did not listen. Now you leave me no choice," David started to shake and his lip trembled. "I am going to have to let you go. There is no flexibility on this issue. We offered you help and you refused. You are in denial. You need."
David then exploded in anger and knocked everything off the owner's desk with one swoop of his arm.
"Stop it David or I am going to have to call the police. So please leave and we will mail you your belongings from your office. You will receive 6 months severance pay. Good bye David."
David then went right up into the face of the owner and lowered his voice, "You're not going to get away with this just so you can make your multi million dollar profits off my back and now at my expense. I'm not the first one you've done this to. But I will be the last. You watch yourself because now I am out there with all the time in the world to stalk you and hunt you. So you better be careful when you leave your house or work because that's when you may get it. I have a bullet with your name on it."
He then pulled out a gun from his pocket, grinned at the owner and left the office.
The owner sat in his chair for a while feeling extremely uncomfortable. He wondered what he should do. He thought about calling the police but decided against it. He didn't know if David Banks was serious. He had been threated before when he dismissed employees but this one felt different. He got up from his chair, shut off the lights and walked over to the window. All was quiet. He exited through the back door scanning his surroundings and when he was sure he was safe he dashed for his car, hopped in and drove away.
He hadn't driven more than two blocks when he noticed David Banks car was stopped and signaling at a turning lane. The light was green but his car wasn't moving. The owner sped up and drove by quickly looking in his rear view mirror to see if David was following him. The road curved and quickly the car was out of his rear view mirror. He decided to circle back around. Again, David's car was still parked at the light. The owner drove up beside it slowly. There was David sitting in the front seat of the car...
With his brains blown out.