A woman found a baby on her way to work and brought it to the office. When her boss found out, he got angry and threw her out, only to realize what a remarkable thing she had done.
“Calm, calm, calm, baby. Everything will be fine. Calm, calm, calm,” Clara soothed the baby in a stroller she found on her way to work. She couldn’t believe someone would just abandon their child in the middle of a cold Minnesota street.
Clara was on her way to work but she couldn’t ignore the stroller and decided to take the baby with her. Unfortunately the poor baby was probably hungry or scared because she hadn’t stopped crying and Clara was worried that someone might hear her, even in the break room.
Clara was a janitor at the headquarters of a construction company, and normally these people weren’t afraid of noise. That was part of her job. But her boss was strict about keeping the noise level outside and away from the administrative offices.
Clara took the baby inside and considered her next step, which was to call the police. She had just finished talking to the nice dispatcher when her boss, Mr. Gilmore, entered the break room in a rage.
The caretaker was shocked to see Mr Gilmore standing in the middle of the room, seemingly waiting for them.
His eyes were big and his cheeks were the red Clara had never seen before. He was strict but usually aloof with everyone in the office. Now he was angry. Really angry.
“Clara! What the hell are you doing? You brought your kid to the office! Are you insane? That’s grounds for termination!” roared Mr. Gilmore, startling her completely.
“Mr. Gilmore, this is not…”
“I don’t care! Get out! I’m in the middle of an important meeting and I don’t need noise in the office! For goodness sake! People need to learn to separate their personal lives from the office! Get out! And you should better get another job because after the meeting I will be speaking to HR about your breaking our rules!” the boss yelled even more and stormed out of the break room.
Clara felt tears coming to her eyes, but she took a deep breath and shook off the emotions. If this was the kind of company that would fire employees for such a stupid thing and wouldn’t listen to an explanation, then she didn’t want to work there. Many offices in the area were looking for employees. She would apply elsewhere.
Finding out why the baby was abandoned was far more important, so Clara packed her things and went outside, wrapping her sweater around the baby. She couldn’t leave right away because the police came to talk about the child, so they waited for her near the entrance.
Luckily the officers were pretty nice. They took the baby and would look for the parents or find out what happened.
When they asked why she was waiting outside in the cold, she had to explain that her boss had kicked her out of the office and basically fired her for taking the baby inside.
“Well, that’s it. I’ll have to find another job later,” Clara said, shrugging.
The cop, Officer Salazar, frowned, but Clara thanked him, said goodbye, and walked away. She thought about the baby and what would happen to him, but that was out of her hands.
The next day, Clara went to the site office after receiving a phone message about a meeting with Human Resources. They obviously wanted to fire her personally, and she thought that was so petty. But at least they had to pay her severance pay, and she could collect unemployment benefits while she looked for a new job. So she went early in the morning and waited for the meeting.
“Clara, please sit down,” he requested and Clara frowned at his annoyed expression, but she came forward to meet him. “First of all I want to apologize for my outburst yesterday. I was wrong. I was pretty upset by the meeting and I have some sensory issues. I shouldn’t have screamed.”
“It’s all right, Mr. Gilmore,” Clara said tentatively. Never in her life would she have expected an apology from her boss.
“When I went home yesterday, an officer was waiting for me outside and told me the whole story,” her boss continued, and Clara’s jaw dropped.
Mr Gilmore went on to apologize when he realized Clara had simply been taking care of an abandoned baby. He went on to share how his grandson once got lost and they only found him with the help of a kind stranger who missed his bus to stay with the child.
“I don’t know what would have become of my dear boy had it not been for a complete stranger staying with him. You can keep your job and get a raise, plus the money in this account as compensation,” Mr Gilmore concluded, surprising Clara even more. “I don’t know what would have become of my dear boy had it not been for a complete stranger staying with him. You can keep your job and get a raise, plus the money in this account as compensation,” Herr concluded Gilmore, surprising Clara even more.
“It’s not necessary,” Clara tried to refuse, shaking her head.” Clara tried to refuse, shaking her head.
“I insist. Please, then I’ll feel much better,” the boss told her. His sincere eyes made her accept the money and anything else he offered. “I insist. Please, I’ll feel a lot better then,” the boss told her. His sincere eyes made her accept the money and anything else he offered.
A few days later, Clara learned that the baby’s mother had been found. Apparently someone had taken the stroller with the baby when the mother was distracted and left it in the middle of the street where Clara had found it. She really had saved this family from a terrible loss. A few days later, Clara learned that the baby’s mother had been found. Apparently someone had taken the stroller with the baby when the mother was distracted and left it in the middle of the street where Clara had found it. She really had saved this family from a terrible loss.
Meanwhile, the amount in the account Mr Gilmore had given her was enough to change Clara’s life and after working for him for a few more months, she opened a cleaning service and became her own boss. She never wanted to be at the mercy of others again.
What can we learn from this story?
Employers need to understand and listen to their employees or they risk losing them. Although Mr Gilmore apologized and compensated Clara, she never wanted to be his employee again and left the company.
Heroic deeds happen every day in real life. Clara was a hero that day for not ignoring the abandoned stroller, and there are people like her all over the world.
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