October 6, 2022

Jumbo Jake

“Listen here, Jumbo Jake.” I puffed out my chest real far like I was a man, and this was the Old West, and Jumbo Jake was a real threat, not just a smiley face some doofus had painted on the dumpster out behind our Applebee’s. I did this whole cowboy routine on breaks sometimes, when no one else was out back sneaking cigarettes. Louie, our manager, hated cigarettes, and even though he couldn’t technically fire us for taking cig breaks, he could always come up with some other reason. Right-to-Work laws and all that. None of us really got the […]

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