Granted Ebola Is An Overindulged Monster, BUT, Had THIS Been Him?

Even I would have been forced to cut his body into tiny bits and fling the Hefty bag full of them into a median on the Parkway kill speak harshly to him.

After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room. He had placed it on a small table that his mother had used for a vase of flowers until her unemployed son found himself reluctantly stuck at home.

The daily routine seldom varied. Mr. Nicholson, 24, a graduate of Colgate University, winner of a dean’s award for academic excellence, spent his mornings searching corporate Web sites for suitable job openings. When he found one, he mailed off a résumé and cover letter — four or five a week, week after week.

Over the last five months, only one job materialized. After several interviews, the Hanover Insurance Group in nearby Worcester offered to hire him as an associate claims adjuster, at $40,000 a year. But even before the formal offer, Mr. Nicholson had decided not to take the job.

Rather than waste early years in dead-end work, he reasoned, he would hold out for a corporate position that would draw on his college training and put him, as he sees it, on the bottom rungs of a career ladder.

“The conversation I’m going to have with my parents now that I’ve turned down this job is more of a concern to me than turning down the job,” he said.

“Dead-end” work is “$40,000 a year”? A “conversation” with his parents to explain the rock solid logic (“reasoned”) behind turning such a miserable offer down? (major dad would be telling him to call for an ambulance before starting said conversation because said child’d be needing one by the time it was through.)

What an insipid, entitled, privileged little snot. And yet another social by-product of those T-ball self esteem, no red ink life lessons.

12 Responses to “Granted Ebola Is An Overindulged Monster, BUT, Had THIS Been Him?”

  1. mojo says:

    Hey kid – what do you think a “bottom-rung job” looks like? Does it come with a company car and 100k a year?

  2. Dr Alice says:

    I hope his parents are making him pay rent. And do the laundry and mow the lawn and polish the silver and wash the dog… you name it. What a twit.

  3. Firehand says:

    Been a real problem for years: people getting out of college with a degree and thinking it entitles them to a titled job and perks. And if unemployed, base-level jobs are beneath them.

    And I doubt his parents are; he’d have developed a better attitude if they had.

  4. JeffS says:

    I’ve dealt with people who are on a Quest For The Perfect Job™ before. The best thing to do with them is a solid boot out the door onto the street.

    Harsh but effective. They will either continue their Quest at their own expense, or they’ll get a solid grip on reality, and move on.

    Either way, it’s a win-win for the former life support unit.

  5. NJ Sue says:

    This kid has an undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in history. He should have kissed the ground when offered a 40K job with benefits. I also do not understand, for the life of me, the mentality that doing nothing is more prestigious than doing something, anything. It’s much easier to get a new job if you’re already employed. Does he really think that sitting at his parent’s kitchen table looking moody is going to appeal to potential employers? If so, then my respect for a Colgate education is pretty low.

  6. Ave says:

    Now the kid can add “Global Press Coverage On My Stupidity” to that stellar resume.

  7. tree hugging sister says:

    I loved this quote after the “conversation”,

    “I am beginning to realize that refusal is going to have repercussions,” he said. “My parents are subtly pointing out that beyond room and board, they are also paying other expenses for me, like my cellphone charges and the premiums on a life insurance policy.”

    “SUBTLY”?!?!?!? How ’bout baseball bat upside the head your every DIME comes from DADDY, there, INGRATE!?!??!?!

    Unconscious, I swear to God. And if his parents were subtle, too bad for them. I can remember more than one scream-a-thon when Ebola needed the rude wake up from MacDreamLand, but, to his credit, OUR child would do ANYTHING that came with a dollar bill attached. If a forty grand a year opportunity opened up in Bangla-cola (THE minimum wage capital of America) ? HOLY CRAP. Boggles the mind.

  8. ricki says:

    The upside?

    I can bet there were at least 200 other people who would have jumped at the opportunity to make “only” $40K a year. And one of them was lucky enough to get it.

    What an entitled idiot that guy is.

  9. nightfly says:

    The problem with a phony-baloney education is that, by definition, one isn’t taught that it’s suited you to almost nothing useful. Someone was willing to give him 40K per year anyway…

  10. Kevin Raffay says:

    “Trend Stories” like this are a result of the media’s connection with web SEO tactics. Have you ever noticed that a flurry of stories on one topic appear in clusters? Right now, “college educated and unemployed” is a hot topic.

  11. Kate P says:

    He was getting savaged by my librarian friends on Twitter, I’ll tell you that much.

  12. Dave J. says:

    On the bright side, the company is actually fortunate he rejected their offer: I’m sure he would’ve been an insufferable douchebag totally impossible to work with.

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