There is a man in our town who owns an appliance shop. I've bought several appliances from him over the years. He has serviced some for me as well. His wife and grown kids work with him in his store. He has a reputation for being a honest family man. That reputation has proven accurate in my dealings with him. I believe that he is a decent man. In 13 years of living in the same town and doing business with him, I would say his reputation is well earned.
Saturday one of his employees found his body. He had committed suicide.
My first thought was that his business was in some sort of financial difficulty. The economy is in bad shape and a businessman in a small town service industry could be seriously hurt by such things. Apparently that's not the case, the store was doing fine.
Something else had happened. A female employee recently filed a sexual harassment lawsuit. A lawsuit like that can be devastating to a small businessman for several reasons. First defending against it costs lots of money. Second, his entire business is built on good service and his reputation. You can drive out of town and buy a freezer from the big box store for $150 less. When you buy local you’re getting more than the freezer or stove, you’re getting the reputation of the man selling it to you. How many women are going to want to buy a dishwasher from a pervert? In a small town, news like that gets around.
I know something about the situation that most folks in town don't. I know the women who made the accusations. I have been in her home, in fact I helped them unpack the moving van. I know her and her now ex-husband and kids fairly well. I watched their marriage blow apart. I've heard her lies before too. She's learned that lying about sexual issues gets her the results she wants. Her mom and step dad lived with her. Mom wanted to divorce the step dad and take his pension. In Wyoming, you can't do that. Step dad was going to fight, guess who got accused of sexual assault on the boys?
That trick worked so well in that divorce that it was rolled out again when she decided to dump her husband. According to her ex she's accused other men of rape. Need some extra cash, blame a man for some sort of sexual misconduct. It's paid off before, what’s the harm in one more roll of the dice?
I think this old, fat and otherwise well used and unattractive example of a sperm receptacle would have accepted a small payoff to go away. I don't know, but say $10,000 in hundreds and fifties might have done the trick and no one would have been wiser. Honest, innocent men don't pay bribes. What do you do when you can't afford the fight, or the damage to your reputation and your family stands to lose a lifetime of work and savings?
You go into your warehouse on a day your wife, kids are off, and you pull the trigger.
A man will give his life to serve those he loves. Sometimes he does this a little bit at a time, trading 8hrs or more a day of his life in some hated role that provides a check, a roof and a future for his family. If needed the man, will trade all of his remaining days in an instant to secure his families future. It will cost his life, his honor and his reputation, but it will save them. It will be worth it.
A women will lie, cheat, blackmail, steal to satisfy her whims. For some no lie is too black; no slander too evil no manipulation to grotesque, so long as she gets what she wants. "Not all women are like her", you may object. You are wrong; they all do these things it is only in the matter of degree and sinister intent that varies.