Post # 1
So. For the recap. Some of you probably read part one of this story..and now sadly there is a part two!
My Fiance owns a mechanics garage in the town that we live in. Back in December (a week before Christmas) we found that one of the employee’s there had emptied the cash box (to the tune of over $1000). We found the employee, he admited to it and said that he used the money to buy crack cocaine…
Well. Out of the much to goodness of my fiances heart, the employee and Fiance came up to these terms. You can come back to work, you must pay the shop back and I will be paying you back less than $2 an hour. Fiance agree’d to this because the employee vowed that he had been saved and would never do such a thing again (we are very religious people) and my Fiance believed him, and did not want to put said employee in jail since he believed him and said employee has a very young child.
Fast forward to now, As of last friday he was only $80 away from paying off his debt! Employee (“John”) had been doing great! Friday we left town early and left some money in the cash box (thank GOD we partially emptied it before leaving) and a “blank” business check to be used for work (I.E tires, parts deliveries etc) so we both show up to the shop today and what do you know.
Cash to th tune of $300-gone and check- gone.
We go to “Johns” house again and wouldnt you know it, he admited to doing it again. Said he was sorry and was ready to “blow his brains” out as punishment.
Now Fiance and I dont know what to do as we are generally concerned that he will do it 🙁
Post # 2
You need to report his threats of suicide and the thefts to the police.
Post # 3
Djacks88: I suggest your Fiance attend a Nar-Anon support group for friends and family or at least get some of their literature. You simply cannot leave money or access to money available to a drug user.
Your Fiance will have to find other ways to make cash available to the business when he is out of town if he is going to keep this man in his employ.
Post # 4
Djacks88: This man is an addict. Addicts can be very manipulative when they are using. He know that you are religious people and he used that to his advantage saying he had been “saved” He needs help, but unfortunately neither you, nor your fiance or anybody else can force him to get help if he isn’t ready to do so. The best thing you can do is stop enabling him. Report the theft and the suicide threats to the police. It may be a wake up call that helps him make the decision to get treatment, or at the very least if his suicide threats are credible (and not just another form of manipulation) he can be evaluated and held until he is no longer a threat to himself.
Post # 5
Djacks88: Yikes! I’m so sorry! I think you can handle this one of two ways. You can turn him in, or you can believe him again and I completely see the merit of both choices. If you turn him in, thats that. He made his bed and he has to lie in it. If you choose to believe that he’s sorry you can keep the agreement you had before, but you’d need to add a couple things. He is not to be left alone EVER. No access to cash, or accounts, and maybe submit to drug testing? I understand being saved, and that it’s a real thing and people turn their lives around. But I also know people who had been saved, but still needed legal intervention before they could live life differently.
Post # 6
Djacks88: times like these are frustrating.
You tried to do the right thing and give him a chance. He did not live up to it. You an your husband have been nothing but understanding.
As far as his apologies go: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Time to report it and leave it in the laws hands. You already tried to avoid that to no avail. This grown man is not your responsibility.
Post # 7
I don’t know much about mechanics, but how is it that this man can access the cash box? Can’t you have it so that he can’t?
Post # 8
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Djacks88: Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me! Time to cut ties with this guy! I’m glad you at least got most of the original $1,000 back.
Post # 9
Report him to the police and cut him loose. Addicts are extremely good at manipulating people, they need to be. He’s played you once already, time for him to face the consequences. As far as the child issue, do you really think that a crack addict is going to be a good father? Really? You tried to help him, he made his choices. If he was that concerned for his family, he’d have looked for help long before this. You cannot force an addict into getting help. They have to get there on their own.