At one point in my mid twenties I was working at a grocery store that would be considered upscale, but a family business. Within a small family business things can become very disorganized and disjointed quickly. This particular place of employment possessed all of these qualities.
You could see that the owner, who had inherited the store and wealth from her father was absolutely clueless about every aspect of running a store. She relied on others who were just as stunned as her. I guess you could call her an okay person. She always talked about loyalty but for whatever reason tried to systematically get rid of everyone loyal around her. The people that she surrounded herself with were opportunists who would gauge her and steal from her at every opportunity possible.
Managers were always late and leaving early, taking three hour lunch breaks or working half days or just not coming in at all but still getting paid for it. Because of this lack of discipline, slowly the employees began to pick up on this disfunction. At first the employees would test the waters by coming in a little bit late. Then they would start to leave early. Why? Because their managers were doing it. One may ask the elementary question: how would this type of behavior lead to further dysfunction?
Let me explain. In any store there are always slackers who keep their jobs through an honest employee who does more than their share, therefore picking up the slack. The new word for this is teamwork, but I call it B.S.
From this point the hard working honest employees start to become bitter about the work situation. When this happens all of hell can break loose. And this is exactly what happened at my place of work.
One day at this place of work the manager was called to the washroom by a female employee because there was a dirty picture of a pornstar starlet taped to the bathroom mirror. The manager had a good chuckle and tore it down, dismissing it as a prank. But when the next day he found another he knew that there was a subversive employee in the building.
One by one the manager and human resources questioned the employees and got nowhere. None of the employees had the slightest clue as to who it could be. A couple days past and that's when a disturbing picture of one of the female employees appeared up in the washroom. It was taken off a porn site. It was a still shot of the girl getting railed by two male strippers in Las Vegas. The girl quit the next day. All was calm for the next couple of days until a picture of the manager appeared in the lunchroom. It was a photo of him sitting with two escorts in a hot tub at a massage parlor.
The manager had a connection within the police service and asked the officer if there was anything he could do to stop the photo attacks. The business had a no camera policy business because the managers did not want the owner to see the shananagins they were up to. Then one day after another dirty pictures appeared under someone's windshield wiper.
A day later one of the employees was called up to the managers office to help put in an order. The employee entered the office and the manager said, "I need some help with this order."
"Sure," said the employee.
The manager leaned back in his chair and asked, "So what do you think about these dirty pictures floating around the store?"
"Not much. Why, what do you think?"
"I am worried about my wife finding out about my escort visits. That tub picture only me and you saw in the washroom."
"Don't worry. I won't say anything. It's none of my business."
"Thanks for keeping a lid on it."
The employee then said to the manager, "Do you have any sex videos of your wife floating around?"
"No. We never made any. Why do you ask?"
"Do you want some?" The employee grinned.