We all know a guy like this

It really sucks dealing with a person who takes no personal responsibility for their own actions and who blames everyone else for the consequences of their actions. We all have known a person like that at some time in our lives. It is always someone else’s fault and sometimes they will go to great lengths to hold someone else responsible for their actions.

While we have been away from home fighting a battle in the High Court both our children have been flatting together for the very first time in their lives. I got a phone call from our daughter the other night who told me that our son while at work had banged into young man who got away with murder when they both went to school with him.

This young man was a teacher’s son and many complaints were made about his behaviour by a number of students including both our son and daughter. To their frustration, he was never held accountable for his actions which included sexual harassment of our daughter and bullying of our son both at school and over the internet. Both our children were forced to bite their tongues at school as they knew that their concerns would be ignored as even when we provided hard evidence to the Principal nothing was done.

Our son had often said to me that he would love to have a chance to say his piece to this young man if he ever bumped into him again but that seemed unlikely as it happened when we lived in East Auckland and we now live in the Rodney area.

As fate would have it our six foot five son found himself facing this guy from his past yesterday who (assuming that our son would act as he had at school) cheerfully greeted him and proceeded to complain to him about how he had been fired from his last two jobs. Our son politely listened as this guy rabbited on and on about how his boss had told him that he had an attitude problem. “I don’t have an attitude problem,” he said indignantly to our son expecting him to agree with him. I don’t think this young man had ever had anyone make him take responsibility for himself. He clearly still was labouring under the illusion that it was everyone’s else’s fault.

Now our son may be physically large but he is a gentle giant without a mean bone in his body. He is one of the kindest people I know so what happened next was out of character for him. What he said to the young man had been five years in the making. He informed this young man that not only did he have an attitude problem but that he was an arsehole. He then told him all the things that were wrong with him and finished with a promise of physical violence if he ever came near him or his sister again. He then turned on his heel and left the guy standing there in shock with his mouth wide open.

When he got home his sister gave him a hug and they celebrated the occasion with icecream.

Our court case finishes on Thursday next week. I hope that when we get a judgement it will be ice cream worthy.


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