Young people forget that we old people had a career before we retired…..
Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10 or 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker; really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded, and a real credit to the company. He obviously demonstrated their “Older Person Friendly” policies.
One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. “Charley,” he began, “I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”
“Yes, I know, boss. I am working on it.” Charley replied
Well, good. You’re a team player. That’s what I like to hear.”
“Yes sir. I understand your concern, and I’ll try harder.”
Puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “It’s odd though, your coming in late. I know you’re retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up so late and so often?”
The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly and said with a sheepish grin, “They usually saluted and said, ‘Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?’.”
From one old salt to another, be kind to pensioners, if you are lucky you will become one