Another update from the Jungle….
Amber is the HR director for a company that provides transportation services for musical acts. Her days are filled with the usual HR matters, such as hiring and firing employees, but what keeps her job interesting are the tales from the road reported by the company’s bus drivers. Yesterday, Amber received an update from driver Adam about the band he’s currently driving.
Adam says that a couple of nights ago, the band’s assistant manager Jay, began chatting to a young woman at the end of the bar. Jay thinks women find him irresistible. Hormones and booze helped the conversation along and by intermission they had disappeared. When the band finished their set, they returned to the hotel for a few hours of sleep.
In the wee hours of the morning, Adam woke to pounding on his hotel room door. The band’s manager, Alan, said that a group of angry men with guns riding in pickup trucks were circling the hotel’s parking lot. According to the hotel clerk, they were looking for someone’s kid sister who was last seen at the bar in the club.
Adam and Alan stared at each other for a moment. Then they dashed down the hall to Jay’s room and pounded on the door. No one answered. Alan borrowed a housekeeper’s key to enter the room. It was empty. Alan decided they should leave town immediately and he told Adam to grab his stuff and go fire up the bus.
Adam packed hastily and waited until the pickups circled to the back parking lot. Then he raced to the bus, started it and drove to the hotel’s front door. The band was waiting in the lobby, one in boxer shorts and a tee shirt. They jumped on the bus and Adam headed for the exit. Suddenly the pickup trucks returned and tried to block the exit. Adam aimed the bus at the leading pickup truck and floored it. At the last minute the pickup truck veered aside and the bus bounced on to the road to the interstate.
The band members began arguing about whether they should have stayed to search for Jay. Suddenly, someone staggered from the bathroom at the back of the bus. It was Jay. Apparently, the young woman gave him the slip as they left the bar so he returned to the bus to wait for the band. Adam was still laughing about Jay’s adventure when he reported to Amber.
In the actual situation, no one was shot and no one went to jail. The band’s manager considered that a win. But he asked for a new assistant.
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