Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (19) Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (Part 02)
A few minutes after the vertically challenged pompous Scottish git went away muttering to himself Karen arrived down the steps behind him.
He didn’t relay the tale to her about his interlocutor other than to say he had been quizzed about parking in that car park and that would probably have been the end of it had it not been for the fact that the ridiculous little man, who it transpired was the de facto landlord, had made a complaint to the Facilities Manager, of the company Karen worked for.
It was very embarrassing for Karen when she was summoned to the office of Suzy Ford, the Facilities Manager, to be told that her husband had verbally abused the landlord, or at least his representative.
“Ex-husband” she interjected
“What?” Ms Ford retorted
“Jed is my ex-husband” Karen explained to her
“But he still picks you up from work?” Suzy queried
“Yes” she replied
“Is he still carrying a torch for you?” The Facilities Manager asked
“No not at all” Karen replied “he’s just a very good man”
“I wish mine was” Suzy confided “the lousy bastard”
“Ah” Karen responded
“Anyway Mr Clarke has alleged that your ex-husband was aggressive and abusive” Suzy continued “Shouting and swearing at him”
“Nonsense” Karen said
“Excuse me?” replied the FM
“Jed has never raised his voice in anger to anyone in his life, and as for swearing that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”
“Well Mr Clarke says otherwise” Suzy said and handed her the email she had received from Keith Clarke which included a transcript of the alleged confrontation.
Immediately after the meeting Karen phoned Jed and she was not happy.
She told him that Keith Clarke had accused him of shouting at him and swearing at him and as a result he was banned from picking her up in that car park in future.
To say that Jed Anderson was incandescent with rage when he found out would have been an understatement.
“I promise you that not once did I swear at him or even raise my voice” he said “I may not have paid him the due deference that he was clearly expecting but that was all. In fact if anything he was the aggressor”
“It’s alright I’m not mad at you, but I had to find out your side of the story” Karen said “I didn’t think it sounded like you”
“I can’t believe he lied” Jed said
When Karen relayed her ex-husbands version of events to Ms Ford, the Facilities Manager said
“I have heard that about him from other sources, but unfortunately without proof that he has lied we have to obey the landlord’s instructions”
Jed didn’t mind not being able to pick her up, from the car park, that was a minor inconvenience however lying was something he could not abide.
To Jed that kind of behaviour was quite unforgivable.
The alternative road he subsequently had to pick Karen up from was in fact better for her than the car park was, as it was nearer the exit she used to come out of in the evening so every cloud has a silver lining.