When they first put him in the corner office, Raymond noticed that the building’s orientation left the winter wind howling on two sides, making it frigid. There were no windows to let in a little solar radiation, either, but Raymond put up with it because he was lucky to have a job in the economy circa 1979.

When they put Jarvis, who was technically Raymond’s junior, in a better office, Raymond didn’t complain. He put up with it because he had a growing family to feed, and it would be silly to risk his wife and child’s livelihood over an office that was chilly 9 months out of the year.

When Mulligan, who was by far Raymond’s junior, was promoted to a nicer office above, leaving Raymond in his chilly old office (and also the only one in his department), he put up with it. After all, retirement was coming and there wasn’t much to come home to after the divorce.

Eventually, when the building was slated for demolition, they finally moved Raymond out of his drafty office–onto an unemployment line. They were able to get a college kid to do the work for half the pay, not to mention all the cash saved on the company retirement plan.

Then, and only then, did Raymond refuse to roll over.

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