|From the left: Rex, Hal, Glen, Ron, Paul, Marv, and Dave|
I did not know how to handle this. Occasionally these agents would even stand right by me, and tell me to say they were not there. Unfortunately, I believe I did what they said, but I was so uncomfortable with lying that I was not believable, and the agents I worked for were frustrated with me. I didn't enjoy this job. People who know they are being lied to aren't exactly fun to talk to -- they get angry. I was let go eventually.
I had a completely different experience at my job in the electric shop at BYU. I was a dispatcher / receptionist. I remember one of the other student helpers standing beside me once and telling me that if the phone was for him, I should say that he wasn't there. My memory went right back to that job in Denver. The difference was, my boss Hal overheard, and was very upset. He informed me that I was never to lie.
Hal was the best kind of boss. He was patient as I learned my job, and was willing to help me if I didn't know what to do. Hal, and some other men that I worked with sang at my wedding reception, and when I had to quit my job to stay in bed, Hal brought me Anne of Green Gables to watch. I am grateful for all of these things, and for having a boss that knew that it is important to tell the truth.