One team member was cut from the team last night on Sons of Guns on the Discovery Channel, but Will did a good thing to help him come back as soon as possible, and to keep the young man in a much-needed paycheck.
“Minion” Thomas has apparently had some legal difficulties that either preclude him from working with guns, or just will not shine favorably on Red Jacket Firearms. And, with the company being featured so prominently on television each week, either situation just is not acceptable. But, Will did not just leave him hanging, no job, no paycheck.
Thomas has been a good worker for Red Jacket. Kris has previously commented that there was some friction between him and Thomas in the past, but that at this point, Thomas’s work ethic has won him over, because he’s just a good, hard-working employee—something that can be hard to find these days. Will commented on Thomas’s history with Red Jacket:
“Kris tells me he’s getting’ good work out of you, you’re getting’ to where you work real good with the boys, hell, you made employee of the month. But, honestly, none of that’s gonna matter. You have some crap on your background check that you assured me would be tidied up. And, that ain’t been, has it?”
“No, sir. I can’t afford a lawyer. Just kinda like a waitin’ period.”
“Nah, we’ve done been waitin’ long enough. Point of the fact is that I’m gonna have to let you go.”
“Really?” Thomas responded, seeming a bit shocked.
Will Pays It Forward
From his statements, it would appear that Will took the young man on at Red Jacket in good faith, believing him when he indicated that the negative information on his background check would be removed in what must have been an acceptable period of time for Will. But, as many understand, sometimes these matters require legal counsel—expensive legal counsel—and it becomes clear when one tries to retain an attorney that, well, it just isn’t going to happen on a “minion’s” salary. That seems to be the case with Thomas--good intentions, but intentions that just clashed with reality.
However, it was not all over with Thomas and Red Jacket. As Will said, he had been a good employee, and Will obviously did not want to lose him that easily.
“What we’re gonna do is, I’m gonna have my lawyer get in touch with you. I’ll take care of it upfront, and we’re gonna get this settled.” Not only that, although Thomas could not continue working at Red Jacket for the time being, Will kept the young man drawing a paycheck. “What you can do is head out to my property. We’ve got 12 to 20 acres, deal with that, alright? I’ll get you back here as soon as we can.”
It is good to see someone who has had good fortune himself paying it forward to someone who may just need a bit of a helping hand; good call, Will. And, hopefully, Thomas will be back in the shop soon.
Sons of Guns airs on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. E/P.
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