A businessman named Dick owns a thriving community hardware store in Blue Ball, Ohio called Dick’s Nuts. A nice young man came in to the store, one day, a couple of years ago, responding to the “Help Wanted” sign in the store’s front window. Dick was in need of a stock clerk/counter person. The young man applying for the job was well groomed, had a friendly personality, and a great smile; exactly the type of person Dick was looking for. His name was Jose, born in Mexico, educated in the U. S. and spoke perfect English. He filled out the application and turned it in to Dick, along with all the proper credentials, i.e., photo I.D., Social Security Card, and Driver’s License.
Dick hired Jose, on the spot, and he turned out to be a great hire. Jose was well liked by his co-workers, Dick’s customers, and by Dick, himself. When Dick found out Jose didn’t have a place to live, he invited him to move in to his house. A year went by and Jose told Dick about his Uncle Julio and Aunt Maria who lived in Mexico, but wanted to come to the U. S. Dick stepped up and sponsored Jose’s Aunt and Uncle. He found jobs for them, and let them move into his house, along with Jose. They all pitched in and helped with the chores, and were good house guests.
It wasn’t long before Jose brought a girlfriend, Rosalina, into the picture, and about that same time it became obvious that Aunt Maria was pregnant. Within a couple of months, Aunt Maria gave birth to a handsome baby boy, whom they named Ricardo, in honor of their host.
Dick has been recognized for his compassion and kindness. The Blue Ball Chapter of Feelgooders gave Dick their prestigious “Person of the Year” award. One of the many awards Dick has received, is the highly regarded Bernie Sanders NACAB (Not All Capitalists Are Bastards) Trophy. The NACAB Trophy is given to an entrepreneur who meets Sanders Socialist Standards. Dick is also being considered for a Nobel Prize.
Dick’s house is a large house, but with his family of five; wife, Linda, and their three kids, Jose, Rosalina, Uncle Julio, Aunt Maria and baby Ricardo all living there, the house got overcrowded. So, Dick was at a crossroads and had to make a decision. He informed his new extended family they would have to move out. Jose went to the press, complaining that, “We have lived here for so long, we feel like this is our house just as much as it is Dick’s. How can he throw us out of our own house?”
All the Media agreed, accusing Dick of being cruel and uncaring. The county is considering taking ownership of Dick’s house through eminent domain, and converting it to a Bed and Breakfast, called Mi Casa Su Casa. The President of the Blue Ball Feelgooders, Ima Goodheart, withdrew their “Person of the Year” award, Bernie Sanders is replacing his NACAB Trophy with his ACAB Trophy, and the Nobel Prize committee has threatened to set fire to Dick’s Nuts, in the name of peace and understanding.
The town is asking, “Why does Dick have to be so cruel?”