We own a family farm about twenty minutes from the small town in which we live. Last year, we were extremely busy and we were having trouble getting sufficient staff. One of our employees carpooled with a man who ended up losing his licence for drunk driving. So she now had no lift to work. Since we were desperate, dh agreed to pick her up on his way to work. He arrived at 6:25am to pick her up and she was standing there with her two school aged children. So, apart from the fact that this was a surprise to him, he was driving, as he always does, his ute. Which of course, only has the three seats. The conversation went something like:
Dh: Opens door. "Are you coming?"
SS: "What about my kids?"
Dh: "We have to go."
SS: "They have to go to daycare."
Dh: "There's no room in the ute. And I don't have time. I have to be at work at 6:45."
SS: "They have to go to Daycare."
Dh: "I'll tell your boss you couldn't make it."
So, while I sympathise that she was a single parent without a car, she had worked there for over a month, knew that dh drove a ute, agreed to the pick up time and failed to mention the children at all. She missed that days work but arranged to carpool with someone else for the next few weeks. Once the busiest part of the season was over, she was the first person let go. She complained bitterly about this, alleging that everyone favoured Otheremployee because he was a man. No, it was because she was very high maintenance, this was only the worst example of this, not the only one.
She also wasn't the best worker, nor very bright. She decided to revenge herself upon her coworker Otheremployee. She rang my BIL and told him that Otheremployee had quit and wouldn't be into work the next day. What she hoped to achieve, I'm not sure, since Otheremployee had not quit and had every intention of turning up to work. As it happened, BIL got a phone call from Otheremployee about five minutes later and they both had a laugh about the SS. BIL had not actually believed SS.
Presumably, she's waiting at home for BIL to ring and offer her Otheremployees job... She'll be waiting awhile.