The receptionist before that girl, quit unexpectedly without giving any notice. She left early and never came back.
She has no choice but to help him.
He is her boss.
When they get to the floor in the parking garage where his corvette (yes - he is a walking stereotype) is parked - he asks her to put the gerbil cage on the floor of his car.
And pushes him away with both her hands.
She is very tiny and he is much larger, but it catches him by surprise.
She shouts “MERRY CHRISTMAS” in his face - a statement that to this day that still makes her blush.
She runs back to the elevators in her heels.
She doesn’t have another job.
She takes the letter into his father and says she won’t be back.
She looks down and notices her blouse is ripped.
He sees she’s been crying.
He asks if she has another job.
She shakes her head and says she can’t work there anymore.
He knows what his son did.
This is the third receptionist they have lost because his son can’t keep his hands to himself.
He’s at the graduation party of one of her friends children.
They are both guests.
He is there with his third wife.
He says “Hi. Don’t I know you?”
He most likely does not remember what he did to her that Christmas Eve.
He probably felt he was just “Making a pass.” And she had “over-reacted.”
If questioned - he would be hard pressed to remember why she quit.
It changed how she acted with her future bosses.
How she dressed.
Where she went.
And she’s not alone.
One night, the male manager offered to help her lock up.
The alarm system was in the back.
After the alarm was set, you needed to walk through the store - out the door and lock it.
“Hey - Mary - look at this!” He said to her.
She turned around.
He had his pants down around his ankles and was showing her his erection.
She never told anyone what happened.
She never collected her last paycheck.
Yes I do.
Why? Because it was just another Friday night for him.
He will be confirmed.
But maybe something greater will come from this.
Maybe men will think about what they do to women.
Maybe they will consider that they are: older, her boss, drunk, a stranger, a customer, a family friend.
Maybe they should talk to her like someone they respected and valued.