Daily English 548 - Working for an Impossible Boss
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Mr. Mann: Why are all these people milling around doing no work? Laura! You’re in charge when I’m out of the office and you’re incompetent!
Laura: Mr. Mann, we need to talk in private. Let’s go into your office.
Mr. Mann: What is this about?
Laura: Mr. Mann, I’ve tried to do my job the best I can, but I won’t tolerate your verbal abuse any longer.
Mr. Mann: Verbal abuse?! I’m just telling it like it is. It’s my…it’s my…management style. This is business. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Laura: If I thought this was about my performance, I would certainly take any constructive criticism, but this is really about your inappropriate behavior.
Mr. Mann: What inappropriate behavior? You’re questioning my behavior?
Laura: Yes, I’ve held my tongue long enough. Every day, you come back to the office tipsy from a three-martini lunch, and you go off on me in front of the other employees. That undermines my authority and puts me in an impossible position.
Mr. Mann: I’m your boss and you have no right to question the way I run this house…I mean, department.
Laura: With all due respect, this is no way to run a department.
Mr. Mann: And how dare you suggest that I’m drunk? You don’t know who you’re dealing with.
Laura: Oh, yes I do. You’re my ex-boss. I’ve had enough. I quit!
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