Boss Springs a Cherry of a Trap

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March 30, 2006

It's finally beginning to feel like springtime here in the North East, which is like our bright yang after months of dark yin. I often wonder if people living elsewhere in warmer areas miss out on the uncontrollable exuberance that fills the atmosphere around us on the very first day that it's warm enough to go outside without wearing a winter jacket. It's spring and love is in the air at least partly because no one has to dress like the Michelin man anymore.

In Japan, there is a springtime tradition of visiting various public parks to enjoy the newly blooming cherry blossoms on the trees. According to the online Mainichi Daily News, some corporations actually treat their employees to festivities in the aforementioned cherry-blossomed festooned parks. One such seemingly fortunate retail company worker recounts an amusing tale to the Shukan Post of how a boss' kind gesture was in fact a ruse to uncover a policy breech.

"One day, the boss suddenly upped and offered to take us all out flower viewing. We'd all taken a toast when the boss said, 'Now I'll show you the real reason for why I brought you all here today,' and pointed off toward a secluded corner of the park."

When I took a close look, I realized the boss was pointing at one of my co-workers, who was having his own private hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) with one of the girls from the office.

The boss turned back to us and said, 'That pair have broken company rules and I wanted you lot to be here to witness it all.'

The boss was really pleased with himself and got stuck right into the booze. He eventually went over and caught the young lovers 'red-handed.' The girl was eventually transferred off to the boondocks and the relationship was over."

Love may be in the air but bosses are bastards year-round (unless you work for the Rabbit).

Posted by Will Peters at March 30, 2006 9:51 PM

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