My husband is a security guard that advertises itself as a place for veterans of all eras. They pride themselves in working for the vets. If you aren't a vet, you don't go anywhere in this company and they tell everyone that up front. My husband's a vet and has had many compliments by the higher ups for his assistance when it came to following the poor scheduling practices they abide by (such as calling the morning of and telling you that you work by the way on that day).
In any case, suffice it to say that he's never had any issues (save this one) and has never had a single complaint against him. He is liked by everyone he works with without exception. His higher ups (that he doesn't personally report to- boss's boss, ect) .. are dicks, I guess.
So at his work, there is an opening in to the 'back' parking lot which is where they keep the security vehicles and their personal vehicles. The general public doesn't get to it, it's secluded and off to itself. The opening for this lot goes between two slender trees with a bit of an incline that's kind of steep and made of cedar chips, dirt and some rocks. Now, their golf cart doesn't have working lights on it and it has been raining..
The rain has come down so hard and so fast that the ten minutes he's spent back there the little dirt road that leads to he opening from the rest of the property is soaked and soft. Well, what happens when the car inches out? It sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiides into the tree. There is an estimated $800 worth of damage. We, like so many out there, are paycheck to paycheck. I'm only weeks from enlisting and working hard to get the weight down that I need to.
That said, weeks ago, there was a meeting between husby's boss and his boss to break the news that he would have to pay for this act of God out of pocket since they don't want their insurance rates going up by claiming it on their insurance. Ooohkay.
Also, as more punishment, they would be changing his work hours and location to one further away and over night during his childrens' last week of visitation (which they knew about) causing him to have to sleep half the day to recoup. His schedule still hasn't returned to normal leaving us still feeling punished.
All that said, we hadn't heard from anyone. We had asked during that little meeting if we could use our own insurance to help pay for it. We were told yes but that the bigger boss would get back to us. We heard nothing. At all.
Until this morning.
There was a change in leadership in a dirty kind of way but that's another story all in itself so suffice it to say, the spineless Yes-sir dude got promoted to the boss position. He's the guy that calls this morning, asking for his payroll information to start this deduction.
Husby kind of halts the call there and asks if they have already fixed the car because no one called him. We had our own places we wanted to take it to since we'd have to be paying for it and claim it on our insurance.
Now we can do neither. The guy throws out this gem "Well I was under the understanding that you got to keep your job because you agreed to pay for it."
To which re responded "I was under the understanding that someone was going to get in touch with me so I could take care of it."
Now, RHU, he never, EVER signed any paperwork leaving him solely responsible for the working vehicles while on duty before taking control of them. He has never had a complaint or a problem directly against him with these people and he's been commended to top it all off for coming into work when they needed him on extremely short notice on multiple occasions- taking him away from home and our plans.
This was quite literally an Act of God. This would have happened to anyone. There was no horsing around going on. He had both hands on the wheel. If that all wasn't enough, they had switched the work vehicles on him that week, giving him one that was lighter than the previous.
What do we do?