Working with no contract is foolish


In our changing times in America, we hear today of people being cheated by flimflam artists, being short-changed while doing business.

Years ago, a person’s word was as good as gold. A bargain was finalized by a handshake. A criminal today might look upon a business deal as a “fool and his money are soon parted.”

I personally remember a couple of episodes in my business deals. When my work was finished, as the saying goes, “I had been had!”

I once mentioned a job I was cheated on at the end to my grandfather. He went on to tell me a story that would help me in life.

The story starts out as a young lad needing work. There was no work locally where he lived, so he left home. He had travelled across the land hoping to find a job.

Finally, he came across a business proprietor and explained he needed work badly. The proprietor said he would hire the lad and would house and feed him plus pay.

He was to be paid once a month. After a month passed, on payday, the older gentleman explained to the young lad that he was very proud of him, but, sorry to say, he had not made enough money to pay the lad, but he would reward him with a feather for doing such a good job. The lad wrote home to his father that he was doing a good job and had received a feather for all his efforts, but no money.

As time passed – days, months, years – he always received a feather for a job well done, but still no money. Finally, one day, the proprietor said he was retiring, and the young man’s job was finished. The young man was shocked and surprised that he now had no job.

He wrote a letter to his father explaining the situation and wanted to come home, but had no money for travel. He asked his father to send some money. The father received the shaken son’s letter and replied in a letter. The letter read:

“Dear son, your boss paid you in feathers for your many years of work. I suggest you glue the feathers to your arms and fly home as soon as possible. Love, Dad.”

The moral of the story is: “Don’t let a person fill your ears with hot air. Get a contract.”

Paul Lawson