I once fired a secretary before she ever worked a day. She was supposed to start at 7am. She called at 11am and said her mom’s house was hit by a falling tree. I asked when it happened she said around 2am. I asked her, “So since 2am you just decided to call now at 11am?” She said she be in by 1pm. I said don’t bother. If she had called me somewhere around 7am or before, she would have kept her job.
David Waisglass and Gordon Coulthart