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Halfway through his shower on Sunday night, after a long day working in the yard, my husband lost the water— not the hot water, not the water pressure, but the water. Bam!  Just like that: no water.  It was already dark but he had to head out down to the pump house expecting that a bug had tripped a circuit.  It’s happened before.  Not this time. This time it had to be the pump.

On Monday morning, first thing, he put out several calls to plumbing companies.  Please help!  Obviously, no water is not a fun experience.  Obviously, plumbers know that.  The first company that returned his call said they would be right over. He thanked the second company that returned his call letting them know he had it covered.  Midday came and no plumber.  Evening came, still no plumber.

On Tuesday morning, my husband called again, several times:“You told me yesterday morning you were coming.”

“We’re busy. I’ll give you a referral……”

Ghosting!   It started as a slang term for breaking off a relationship (often an intimate relationship) by ceasing all communication and contact with the former partner without any apparent warning or justification, as well as ignoring the former partner’s attempts to reach out or communicate. But now-a-days it has become common in many areas.

Last week, one of our area businesses had four no shows for a job interview—no call, no excuse, no apology.

Here at the Job Bank, unfortunately, I hear all the time that when I give referrals for jobs many people never return the calls, don’t show up for a job they’ve accepted, or don’t even call to say they aren’t coming.

Ghosting is a cute term, but not acceptable practice  My mother would have called it poor manners.  I call it  inexcusable. Get this, you may think it’s smart to avoid a responsibility and prevent yourself from some displeasure, but it may come back to haunt you.  At the Job Bank I will think long                                                                                                and hard before I refer a “Ghoster” again.

And the “ghosting” plumber? Well… word gets around doesn’t it.

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