Friday, July 18, 1997

How could he just walk away? How ruthless can business people be?

I'm 18-years old.

On February 9th, 2009 my father shot himself with a sawn-off shotgun in my parents' bedroom, while I was at school. He is dead. I turned 18-years old on February 21st - what a happy birthday. My dad's funeral was held Valentine's Day of 2009.

So the bank foreclosed on our house and we were forced to move back to Winnipeg from Toronto to live with my grandparents. We are still fighting the insurance company to pay us something, but that has yet to happen.

Louis (can't spell last name) who owns the trucking companies TransX, QuickX, DeckX, and vineyards in France and Italy. He makes a good few million dollars a year.
Then there is a man named Brian. he is basically Louis' second hand man in the companies Louis owns. He makes a pretty good living, as well.

My dad worked for both of them for over 30 years. Louis was just starting his businesses when my dad began working with him and for him. Brian wasn't anything more than a mechanic on the floor then. My mother and I both went to see Louis in Winnipeg for some possible help, and Brian just so happened to have been there. All they said was, "Sorry for your loss," before walking away.

For 30 years my dad worked beside these men, and they don't give a damn about my father's death. We never even received a card of sympathy. Nothing. My mom and I have no house and they don't give a damn.

How can anyone be as ruthless as those men? I cried in our local mall for not having the money to donate to a children starvation prevention group. How can anyone be so self enriching to give anything to a grieving family, especially after 30 years?

Answer on How could he just walk away? How ruthless can business people be?

First of all, you can't assume that "Louis" & "Brian" have a lot of money at their disposal. At face value, sure, they run a company. However, running a company (even a multi-millior dollar company) ddes not guarantee that their company is free of debt. Many companies have millions of dollars in debt, and they don't have money readily available for humanitarian causes, even the most worthy ones.

Also, Louis & Brian probably have had hundreds of employees work for them in the past 30 years. This means that they've dealt with hundreds of personal tragedies dealing with their employees, not to mention the thousands of soliciations for donations to other humantarian causes over the years. (If it is suspected that you have money, people will flock to your door.) As such, it is unfortunate but logical for them to simply refuse all humanitarian cases, not wishing to justify why they gave to one cause instead of 50 others.

My father-in-law recently got laid off from the job he'd had for 37 years, with no remorse from his bosses whatsoever. He's too old to get hired anywhere else. His unemployment benefits just expired, so he'll likely be on welfare until he turns 65.

That's just to say that I've seen the heartless side of business as well in this example and others, but all you can do is forget them and go on with life. Sure, it's not right, but they're nothing you or I can do to change their decision, so there's no point in dwelling on it too long.

I'm sorry for your loss, by the way.