I can’t help it! I absolutely have to share this!! This is so similar, yet SO DIFFERENT, to all the office politics and rude coworker stories you guys always have. The question for Miss Manners today is, “Who pays the informant??”
Yesterday, when our convoy was returning from the DMZ, my Ruck Sack fell out of the trailer. Now, just to make things clear:
This convoy was only a couple LMTVs. The First Sergeant sent (or tried to send) all the nonmounted soldiers back early. There wasn’t room for everyone though, so me and a couple other squad leaders stayed behind to ride back with the main effort. We can only drive the tanks and Bradleys after it gets dark. Because of running over kids and stuff - I’m sure most of you are familiar with certain accidents over the past few years.
Anyway, so I was not with that group. But my equipment was sent ahead. Some random soldier took my ruck and threw it on the trailer.
For whatever reason, the ruck fell from the trailer into the middle of the street on the way back to base. Soldiers in the back of the LMTV saw this immediately and started yelling to get the driver to stop. By the time he stopped and went back, some lady had already grabbed the Ruck and ran off with the equipment!!! (Damn Scavengers!!)
An LT and a SPC got out in the area to see if they could recover the stuff. A man ran up to them and pointed out which house the theif ran into. This informant was just pissed because he didn’t get to the gear first. So he figured “If I can’t have it, no one can!” Apparantly the two were seen arguing over the ruck briefly before the one lady -the victor- ran off with the spoils.
So anyway, the LT and the SPC went into the house. Two ladies and one man were standing around a very neatly laid out display of all my gear. In under five minutes, my ruck was taken inside and everything had been inventoried and neatly organized as if awaiting a military inspection. Everything was recovered and (because I am so squared away) no sensitive items were left in the ruck. They were all on my person safely tied down.
So anway, I get all this information from the SPC involved in the recovery. He came up on my floor today and explained how everything happened. Up until this point, I only had vague details of the events and a Ruck sack in shambles.
So he’s like, “… yeah, they were scared shitless when we entered their house. They threw their hands in the air and screamed! We collected up all the gear in the house, and that’s when we called you to make sure there was no important equipment in there that may have already been seperated…
It’s a good thing that one guy came up to us or we would not have located all the gear! I was so thankful for him, that I gave him 10 dollars”
Me: “Oh, sweet. That was really nice of you!”
Him: “Yeah… So… I’m gonna need about 10 bucks from you whenever you get a chance.”
WHAT THE FUCK???
That was his decision! That had nothing to do with me. Nor did the entire incident. Had my gear not been recovered, the Army would have replaced all of it at no cost to me. If anyone should be reimbursing him for the informant, it should be the Army. He should get that money from the Company Funds!!!
This is one of those things where I thing he’s kind of a dickhead for even asking me to reimburse him. But at the same time, I could look like a cheap asshole if I don’t give him anything. It’s like, now that he’s crossed that line and been a dick, I need to go along or look like an asshole.
This whole thing blew my mind. I couldn’t believe he even asked me that shit. Basically, the whole reason he came up to the floor to tell me the story, was to get his ten dollars back from me. Holy Shit.
Well… anyway, I gave him the ten dollars. It’s such a small insignificant amount of money. That’s why I’m so shocked he even asked me for it.
What do you guys think?? Should I have even paid him? Should he have even asked me? What would miss manners say?