In a relationship with someone like Thomas there inevitably comes a point when you have to decide if you trust them or not. It can be so difficult to tell where your place in their machinations is that you simply have to decide if they have your best interests at heart or not. It’s also difficult to get an accurate read on them. The best way to decide what to do, if you can’t parse out any other aspect of their personality, is to find out exactly what their goals are. If said goals align with your goals you can sit back and contribute as much as you like. If not you need to be very careful not to come into conflict with the known goals. Leave them to their own devices and have as little to do with them as possible.
If the person in question is evil try not to know anything about their activities. If you find something out about their activities tell someone who is unconnected to your situation, so you don’t risk them getting wind of what you know. Once you discover nefarious activities, unless you want to risk implication, you need to find someone who can help you shut them down. A manager is not always the best person to go to in that situation. Contacting loss prevention directly is, generally, the better way to go. If your store manager is evil things can go very bad very quickly. If you don’t act fast in a theft ring situation you can very easily get swept out with them, or worse, implicated and incarcerated. Vigilance is key. If you get ahead of them you can end up as the last person standing, which affords you many opportunities when the rebuilding starts.
Thomas is unique in that his goal is not to advance. He wants to stay where he is good at what he does, doesn’t have to exert undue effort, and eventually be fired for taking on more than he can handle. His self estimation is probably lower than his capability, but he likes being a big fish in a little pond.
For those of you interested, I hope to have this month’s chapter of the fantasy story up on Sunday or Monday, for patrons. I’m not going to promise it, since this is homecoming week and I have no idea what exactly that will cause in the Teen’s world. Hopefully no more drama than I am already accustomed to.