Confession: I’m not fond of people between the ages of 14 and 25.
I find them self-absorbed and clueless. Also meta-clueless – clueless about being clueless.
(Oh, give me a break. Everyone is prejudiced against some group. At least it’s possible to outgrow the target group for my bigotry.)
Anyway, because of this, as an IT manager I avoided hiring interns. This story should help you understand why.
Rashmi was between her junior and senior years at Purdue when she worked with us. She was extremely bright – she had 5 different majors and was carrying 4.0’s in all of them. More impressive to me, she accomplished actual programming work – no mean feat without a mainframe background.
Over the course of the summer, she shared her automotive history with us.
When she finished high school, she was given a brand new Honda Civic as a graduation present. She promptly totaled it.
Annoyed, her father refused to buy her another new car. Instead, he gave her a six-month-old, fully-loaded Honda Accord. Two weeks later, she loaned it to a friend, who rolled it.
He then bought her another new car, another Honda Civic, which she was still driving as our story begins.
But it wasn’t the only car she owned.
That spring, while on break in L.A. with a bunch of friends, she’d inadvertently purchased a Rolls Royce.
How, you ask, do you accidentally buy a $200,000 car?
Apparently, the family of one of the kids in the group collected Rolls. When the lighthearted crowd saw a dealership, they decided to go window shopping, and this kid fell in love with a model on the showroom floor. Because he didn’t have his ID with him, Rashmi signed the paperwork, believing that she was simply attesting to his identity.
But when the kid told his parents about the car, they said, “We do not need another Corniche sitting around taking up space. We’re not buying that car.”
Rashmi's parents’ lawyer was still trying to back out of the deal.
Tomorrow: The Sheriff Said What?