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ABOUT A BANKER NICKNAMED T-MAN| UNTIL RETIREMENT

The Interview

Dennis Walker an unemployed school graduate  went for a interview at the worlds largest bank. The bank had 10 floors and 16 offices.The ground floor  were for the  Bank Tellers , The interview was held at a famous luxury hotel, this hotel was the home of famous and rich people. The interview at a boardroom in the hotel was held by the Bank Manager and panel. He was called in and after a couple of minutes was ask to wait outside, he will be called back later.

Dennis took a smoke break cause his hand was shaking as if he lost his parents. He was walking up and down and looked up in the sky, asking the Lord to help him on this. He light a cigarette after cigarette, tripping like a race horse waiting for the gates to open. Dennis prayed and prayed and sometimes he could hear a voice saying I am with you on this my son. Dennis you must remember comes from a very poor family background.

They lived in a three bedroom house, with his parents ,two elder brothers and  three sisters. His brothers  married and moved to other cities because of the worked in the mines and his sisters also got married by miners. He just finished school and had to help his parents who supported him with their monthly pension they got from the government. He was a hard worker he had to sell green grocers  with a supermarket cart every day after school. He had the sweetest voice and could sing songs of  Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The O’jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. Al of a sudden he heard someone calling  him to come back in for the verdict.

The Outcome

Now they had made their discussion. He as given the good news and congratulated. Dennis was told that he has to start first thing on Monday morning and be early. He must be well presented and also be on time. He was also told what his salary is and be introduce to the staff members of the Bank.

He was given the rules and regulations of the bank and was told of the benefits of the company and what the company was offering him. But the only things he could hear is that they accepted him and what his salary was. Know he was in a world far, far away from  all the noises of the streets he use to grow up in. The children that screams while play, the boys that shouts at each other while playing soccer.

The guys that stands on the corners and in front of the local shops  teasing him while he was selling green grocers, to make ends meet. While they were smoking wheat, using  and selling drugs. They were always hanging around with the most beautiful girls and were party animals. He on the other hand had his own crew, they were hard working  dreamers had they on fun while working hard to finish school.

He was sitting there in front of the panel day dreaming until a voice distrubted him asking him if he understood everything they said and he just answered yes.

 The Celebration

Dennis was so excited and he called his friends for a celebration. They went to the nearest pub and he could not finish telling his friends about this job at this famous large bank. he also told everyone even the bar tender about this. Later as he went home very drunk he was singing how good God is to him.The next day he called his parents and told them about his new job and he promised to buy them a big house and buy himself a car.

His parent said it is time to celebrate they called, all they friends and neighbors and the started bragging about they son and his future. He as so excited cause all of his mothers friends and neighbors were his customers and he also use to clean their gardens of which some of them still owes him some money. They were his recurring customers, paying him when they collected the government pension money.

That weekend as a weekend the neighbors wont forget. Dennis spend a lot of money he saved from his business.  He wanted to open a Green Grocer Shop, but luck turned to him good job, good salary. Dennis had good manners that is why his business was prospering. Good manners, nice voice and a good soccer player. He was thinking who is going to take over his business

In Church

Come Sunday he went to church and his parents told the pastor about this great news, it as also announce in church and they asked the pastor to bless him. Hymns was singed by the church choir for him. This Sunday was a joyful and blessed Sunday for him. Everybody was singing their hearts out even forgetting to look at the clock. The Pastor blessed him and it was time to go home.

His parents invited family members to come over and enjoy lunch with them. After Lunch they had a quite afternoon while his parents had their afternoon nap. He was cleaning his shoes and ironing his clothes for work

Monday morning Dennis was up very early dressed in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and black shine shoes. He looked like a new sixpence of he goes to work. The Bank Manager introduced him to the staff in the bank and says: “Please welcome your new T-man” and he starred at his boss very confused and ask himself T-man? But as he realize that  the salary they offered him was too much for a tea man. He thinks for himself and decide rather to be a tea man with this salary their offered him.

The Promise

And that same day his boss was moved to the last floor of the building to his new office. And every day Dennis made tea for his bank staff and those in the other offices and he became the best tea maker in the bank. Some of the staff even gave him money as a tip and they even nicknamed him T- man, That is where he got his nickname from. This very hardworking man could when finish serving tea, helped the admin staff with filing documents

This man was a man of his word, he bought his parents a big beautiful house as promised and himself the car of his dreams a luxury Mercedes Benz and nor his friends or his parents and family did know what job he was doing. Years went by and T-Man was proud of what he as doing, it became a second nature to him.

Tea was not getting tired of working because he as a dreamers and dreamers don’t complain. He could sing while working and everyone would listen to this guy with the voice of an angel. Some advised him to register with talent shows,but that he always said as not his dreams

His favorite song was “Extraordinary people, who will never notice when it rains. They don’t carry an umbrella, We are just extraordinary people in love. Anyone can be extraordinary when they fall in love.”

But he never had a girl friend although there were a lot of them interested in him.

After 30 Years

After 30 years working in the bank as a tea boy. He was called to go and make tea for his boss on the top floor cause the boss tea lady got sick and was admitted in hospital. T-Man as so excited to go and make one of his delicious cup of tea to serve to his boss. He rushed to the toilet and brushed his now grey hair and has never seen his boss for over 30 years.

As he knocked on the door with the name bank manager engrave on it, his heart starts beating faster, the big office with a big table and his boss sits behind it. He start walking towards it but he walks slower then 30 years back because he is now older. He even could not recognize the old man sitting in the chair, he politely greeted the old man and ask him how he would love to have his tea.

The old man replied by saying that he love to have his tea with milk and one teaspoon of sugar. His boss head still looking in front of him at pieces of papers on the table. He then walks towards the table and ask his boss how he would like to have his tea, the bank manager replied by saying white with one sugar and still looking down at the piece of papers in front of him. T-Man walked closer towards the table with the cup of tea in his hand.

After 30 years working in the bank as a tea boy. He was called to go and make tea for his boss on the top floor cause the boss tea lady got sick and was admitted in hospital. T-Man as so excited to go and make one of his delicious cup of tea to serve to his boss. He rushed to the toilet and brushed his now grey hair and has never seen his boss for over 30 years.

As he knocked on the door with the name bank manager engrave on it, his heart starts beating faster, the big office with a big table and his boss sits behind it. He start walking towards it but he walks slower then 30 years back because he is now older. He even could not recognize the old man sitting in the chair, he politely greeted the old man and ask him how he would love to have his tea.

The old man replied by saying that he love to have his tea with milk and one teaspoon of sugar. His boss head still looking in front of him at pieces of papers on the table. He then walks towards the table and ask his boss how he would like to have his tea, the bank manager replied by saying white with one sugar and still looking down at the piece of papers in front of him. T-Man walked closer towards the table with the cup of tea in his hand.

The meeting

Bank Manager lift his head and hand to take the cup of tea and suddenly he starred at this old tea man and the T-man also looked confused why his boss starred at him. He ask his boss if the tea he served him not smells nice? The old man asked him if he knows him because he looks familiar and T-man answered that his boss knows him very well. He explained to him that he hired him 30 years ago, as a tea man. But the old man also now confused ask him why is he serving him tea and he replies and tell him about what happend to the tea lady and he has to replace her.

The old man offers him a chair and ask him to tell him the whole story from the start 30 years ago. The old man still confused and all of a sudden start laughing. The old man now in return start to explai

n to T-man that what he meant that day when he introduced him to the staff is that in his bank career he used to call the Teller Managers, T-Man. And all of a sudden the paramedics was running and shouting in the last floor office of the Bank Manager trying to bring back T-Man to his self conscious.

T-Man has fainted and has to be taken to hospital. For all these years T-Man was a Teller Manager and not a tea man and so the story ends of T-Man. He was was later offered an office next the his boss managing tea and cleaning staff of the bank. What a waste of years but a happy ending

About The Author

David Noughten Manell is an Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant, affiliate marketer, freelance writer, and novelist. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The Killer Drug Called Nayope. He also is a regular contributor to Papyrus

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