BG: DS is a licensed cosmetologist. He is currently working for the family of his 'best friend', managing a high end day spa that they own. The family is very wealthy and very, very entitled, and they cheat and rip off their staff (including DS) in a way that would make a Federal wage and hour investigator salivate. The 'best friend' is a nasty, spoiled girl. DS sticks with them because they know just when they've pushed him far enough and then he gets a big love bomb...'Oh, we love you, you're like part of hte family, blah blah blah'.
So. DS convinced the family to start offering Brazilian blowouts at the spa. This is an expensive service; in the market there, it takes about 3 hours to perform and the usual charge is $300-$350. The products to do the service are also very expensive. The other day, Best Friend shows up with one of her friends, and has DS do Brazilian blowouts for both of them - 6 hours of his time plus two 'doses' of the expensive product. It is customary for the family to get services done at the spa and not pay for them, but this does not extend to friends. When DS tried to charge the non-family member for the service, he was told by Best Friend that there was no charge, and SHE is one of the OWNERS so just shut up and do what she says (she pulls this OWNER card a lot).
Well, the rest of the family/owners find out what happened, and they are furious at the cost in time and product comped to the friend. There's a big meeting, and it's announced that someone is going to have $300 taken out of their paycheck. I am so proud of DS - he told them exactly what happened, and asked if they planned to take it out of his check; if so, please let him know so he could resign right now. At this point the family decided to take it out of Best Friend's check; she's now furious with DS for not covering for her or something.
An accumulation of stuff like this is finally starting to get to him in a way that my griping never could, so he's finally starting to see the truth of the relationships both personal and professional, and to pull away.