Ethan is at the point where he is considering leaving locksmithing behind. This sucks. He loves being a locksmith, and he loves his job, he just can't stand working with someone who is supremely lazy, lies constantly, chatters incessantly about how wonderful he is, and steals from his company. The lockshop is getting a really bad reputation, and Ethan can't stand being a part of it. I am trying to convince him to collect information that shows without a doubt that his boss is stealing, which is the only way to get rid of him. It is getting worse and worse--now, Ethan gets to work, his boss plays on the computer with his ebay business and email and looking at videos, etc, and some work comes in and he tells Ethan to do it, so Ethan goes and does it, and comes back hours later to find his boss in the exact same spot playing on the computer. Or, his boss the other day cut a bunch of keys, took them down and discovered that he had cut them all backwards, so he came back and told Ethan to recut them while he played on the computer. Or, Ethan is helping to train some guy who is looking to get a job elsewhere and the job he wants prefers someone with a tiny bit of locksmith knowledge, so Ethan has been teaching him how to pin a lock, simple things like that, but his boss keeps butting in and telling the guy how much he knows and that pinning a lock is so simple and he is wonderful and basically annoying everyone to the point that the guy leaves all frustrated a few minutes later. He is just so full of himself, and it is beyond irritating when someone who is the worst of the worst thinks they are the best of the best and are CONSTANTLY telling you all about it. And, he is wierd. He lives an alternative lifestyle, to each their own, but is always talking about his home situation and how great it is and basically wierding Ethan out. And then the other day he made the mistake of bringing up ME and questioning MY sexuality (I met this guy once about 2 years ago, but he doesn't remember me or know what I look like--up until the other day he thought I was black), I think he is trying to somehow bring Ethan into his lifestyle and tell him how cool it is, which would require me to enjoy 3-somes and sleeping with women, etc. So I am really glad Ethan didn't hit him. He just told him not to go there, and that was that.
Ethan's concern is that someone at work has two separate counts of sexual harrassment against them, and they have not been fired, just moved around the company, and another guy was seen taking a huge cart load of computers and other Harborview equipment and loading it into his car, and HE wasn't fired, even though it was the director of engineering that saw him. They couldn't prove that he had stolen anything, since public safety didn't see him loading anything, they just saw a car full of things, so they didn't even investigate and the guy still has his job.
So, the guy in the machinist shop would love to have Ethan, and has told him this many times. Ethan works most of his overtime with the head of that shop, and the guy really appreciates Ethan being a hard worker. Like last night, they had to dismantle a huge metal sculpture because some kid climbed up it and fell and was seriously injured. Ethan helped them out, and his boss came to for extra money. It ended up that his boss sucks with the metal cutting thing, and kept getting it stuck, so they had him using it to cut apart the pieces after everyone else removed the bigger pieces from the sculpture, since that was easier. After the guy in charge went somewhere else to work on another part of the project, Ethan's boss sat down and started directing Ethan on what to do and how to do it. There were 2 cutters, and people pointed that out to him, but he said no, lets just use one, and sat on his fat ass telling Ethan what to do. Can I mention that this guy was just supposed to be there as labor and was at that point not in any position of authority? But felt the need to sit on his lazy ass telling Ethan how great he was and not doing any work. And, when they finished the main part at 9pm, went to hang out in the lockshop, even though they were supposed to work until10pm (that was the deal), because there were other small projects that needed help. Lazy, lazy , lazy.
It's just with the history of people NOT getting fired for being bad at what they do, the only way to get rid of this guy is to get him caught with stealing. Ethan is going to start saving incriminating things, like the purchase sheet that shows hundreds of keys the guy had the hospital buy, but they don't use those types of keys ANYWHERE at the hospital--they are for his boss's ebay business, as is the $2500 key machine that he ordered to cut those keys. There is no one who oversees these guys at all--no one who knows what things the hospital uses or does not use, so no one but Ethan can see that he is stealing. I am hoping that we somehow get enough stuff together to make an airtight case and they fire this guy and Ethan can be in the shop and recruit over Karl or Eric from Argens and run this thing right. THe shop can be run so that orders are done quickly, things are fixed ontime and people don't get all irritated at not having their locks fixed/changed, etc.
Worst case scenario has Ethan leaving locksmithing and training in the machinist shop there. Maybe he can get a job up at UW. They don't have a real locksmith at the hospital there, just a carpenter with a little training. Ethan went up therer a week ago t0 teach the guy how to do some simple things. That would be a great place to go, or the UW campus locksmiths, too. He says he does not regret leaving Argens, because the benefits/retirement, etc are all so much better here, but something is going to have to change.