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post #1 of 7 Old 01-06-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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My best buddy of 35 years got a job in Michigan after 2 years of looking. He got a job working on bowling machines that I trained him on in the early 80's. He landed a great job 5 weeks ago in the "mechanic area" He worked there for only 3 weeks before falling and breaking his wrist last Sunday (6 days ago) He needs an operation on 1/24/2012. He will be getting workman's compensation for at least 3 months+ I am unemployed and can step right in tomorrow and save the bowling center. Is this the right thing to do as I feel slightly guilty? The center needs a replacement as they are busy. I have not mentioned any of this to my friend yet. Should I go for the job........or respect my friend and stay unemployed?

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I think you should be commended on expressing your genuine concern for your best friend and the situation. I think first of all, are they looking for someone immediately to fill the position? Or are they willing to adjust for your buddy on a limited basis until he can safely come back. If they can't then they will most likely hire someone else that is qualified. If i know my best friend as well as myself i would understand and appreciate it because under those unforeseen circumstances that is what best friends do. i would broach him out of respect so it does not seam as being "sneaky" to others as a concern.

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I think you should be commended on expressing your genuine concern for your best friend and the situation. I think first of all, are they looking for someone immediately to fill the position? Or are they willing to adjust for your buddy on a limited basis until he can safely come back. If they can't then they will most likely hire someone else that is qualified. If i know my best friend as well as myself i would understand and appreciate it because under those unforeseen circumstances that is what best friends do. i would broach him out of respect so it does not seam as being "sneaky" to others as a concern.
I do appreciate your opinion here buddy. I do respect my friend and do NOT want to risk losing our 35 year old friendship. All other opinions are appreciated here both positive and negative ........... Thank You

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I would talk to your friend and get his feelings on it.
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Certainly you can fill in until your friend can return to work... you would be holding his job for him.... A 35 year friendship is not worth a part time job....
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Certainly you can fill in until your friend can return to work... you would be holding his job for him.... A 35 year friendship is not worth a part time job....
Yup, that is the way to do it.
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Filling in

I have to agree with the others and agree this could be a win-win situation. Your friend won't be able to work for a while, you are looking for some income for now also. If your friend can't work I'm assuming the bowling alley will be at a minimum looking for someone for the 3 months he can't work, plus there's the possibility they might just look for a permanent replacement for him. If you can fill in for now, could be the best options at this time.

I would definitely talk to him before doing anything but just lay it out as you see it and get his opinion on the situation.

You don't want to lose a 35 year friendship, but without action, he also may be out of work if he can't work for now. If he wasn't injured on the job, they may not 'have' to keep his job open for when he returns. You can help insure that happens for him by filling in for him for the time being.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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