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Honesty rears its head again!

So, today, at work, my aunt tells me that my cousin, who just got a job working at the company too, hired his friend to help him do his job. Now, this is under the table pay that we're talking about, which is also illegal. So I ask her 'well, what happens if someone finds out?' and she's like 'how would someone find out?' I say 'well, I could tell them to get back at him for stealing my game.'

Here's the back story. My cousin is an ex-con. He was a junkie. While he was a junkie, he stole my copy of Mortal Kombat II and sold it for drug money. This was back when I was like 11, so it's been over a decade. This time does not negate what he did, or the fact that I'm not okay with it, nor will I ever be. But I'm at a good place with my cousin, kind of. I mean, I don't hate him. I don't wish him ill. I don't trust him. But we're family, and I wouldn't cost him his job. It would just mean bad things, very bad things. I brought the past up mostly as a quip.

She didn't take it well. She started screaming at me about how 'tired she was about hearing about that. He was an addict. You should get over it.' and all this other crap. In the back of my mind I'm amused. I really am. I mean, my aunt took it way out of context and it's just lunacy. After all, I was wronged. Unjustly. Why should I get over being betrayed?

Then, she keeps on talking about the job thing, and mentions that he hired the guy to help him take the stuff to the dump. The dump is not on site. It's still wrong to have someone doing work for the company that isn't on the company payroll, but as long as it isn't on site and therefore he can't get in trouble, well, I won't tell on him. I apologize. And she screams at me 'YOU SHOULD BE SORRY!' before she storms off.

Apparently, while she's at lunch she calls my dad and starts telling him how I need to get over it and all the stuff she told me, basically. And she adds that I should stop talking shit about my mom at work.

My mom hears this, and she gets on my case about how I talk about her at work. I maintain that I only say things that are true. That she's a drunk bitch and I don't like her. Hell, my aunt agrees with me half the time when I'm talking about my mom at work.

Meanwhile, me and my dad are just laughing our collective asses off at the way that everything has been blown out of proportion.

So, I ask this of you, my lovely friends list: was I wrong? I didn't bring it up out of malice (truly), and she exploded. I was taken advantage of, at like 11 years old, for no reason, and that isn't okay with me. She thinks I should get over it, but why? I think she's just pissed because it's the elephant in the room, but I'm not afraid to talk about it. And if she wouldn't have made such a scene it would have gone unnoticed. Now people know about it. Including one of the loud mouths at work.

But who will get blamed if it does end up costing my cousin his job?

That's right.


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May. 31st, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think you were wrong - clearly your cousin is wrong and your aunt shouldn't condone it. You just spoke the truth!
May. 31st, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Indeed. But what can you do? People HATE the truth.
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