"Why do teenagers get paid less than adults?" Diana asked her father from the passenger seat.

"Because they don't need to get paid as much as adults," Simon said, eyes on the road. "That would be ridiculous!"

"I work just as hard as my coworkers."

"That makes no difference. Adults are more experienced and more responsible. They know what they're doing, and they know how to handle money."

"Just because a person is younger doesn't make them less responsible."

"Young people shouldn't be working in the first place. Their place is in school, not the workforce. They don't pay bills. All they do is waste money on things they don't need."

Seeing that this conversation was going nowhere, Diane dropped the subject.


Months later, Simon's boss called him into his office.

"Simon, I know you've been working here for a long time. But I'm afraid we're going to have to let you go."

Simon nearly jumped out of his seat.

"Boss, you can't do this to me. I've been working here for almost 30 years!"

"I know you have, Simon, but you're not working as efficiently as you used to. For one, I've been noticing a lot of spelling mistakes in your writing lately."

"I'll get my eyes examined as soon as I can."

"And you seem to be having trouble with transporting heavy things."

"Well, you got to admit, those boxes are heavy," Simon chuckled.

"Simon, it just doesn't make sense to keep you when I can get someone more productive who is willing to work for a smaller salary. I've already hired your replacement. You can start packing your things today."

Simon stormed out of his boss's office, passing by a 19-year-old who entered the same office.


The moral of the story is, don't assign roles to people based on close-minded perceptions, because that mentality may backfire.