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paladin
02-11-2008, 10:34 AM
Tom retired in his early 50's and started a second career. However, even
though he loved his new job, he just couldn't seem to get to work on
time. Every day, he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late.

But he was a good worker and really sharp, so his boss was in a quandary
about how to deal with it. Finally, one day, his boss called him into
the office for a talk.

"Tom, I must tell you, I truly like your work ethic, you do a bang-up
job, but being late for work nearly every day is quite annoying to me as
well as your fellow workers."

Tom replied, "Yes, sir, I know. I'm sorry, but I am working on It."

"That's what I like to hear," his boss said. "However, the fact that
you consistently come to work late does puzzle me, because I understand
that you retired from the United States Marine Corp, and they have some
pretty rigid rules about tardiness. Isn't that correct?"

"Yes. I did retire from the Marine Corp, and I'm mighty proud of having
served" said Tom.

"Well, what did they say when you came in late?" asked his boss.


"They said, 'Good morning, General'."