My wife just found out that her employer just sold the business to a competitor. How did she find out? A coworker frantically texted her asking if she’d heard anything about it. Of course my wife was, “About WHAT now?” And how did the coworker find out? A freaking customer asked, “So do you know who the new owners are?” Nobody at my wife’s level knew. But it gets worse.

My wife calls so-and-so and such-and-such to get more information. She and her immediate boss talk for a while. The boss who is none too happy either explained that he wasn’t permitted to say anything until the sale was officially announced. Which is true, I’ve seen the scenarios enough time in her line of work. No hard feelings here. Company man at key position does company thing. Plus it’s not exactly the best to freak out all your workers with sudden ownership change with any real concrete details available.

So what’s the “worse” part I mentioned? My wife reaches out to her friend as anyone would. Something along the lines of, “I just found out blah blah blah!” Her friend went silent. “... Did you know?” More silence. “How long have you known?” Oh yeah. One of our friends knew for the last week. In fact had dinner with her the other day! Now why did she keep this a secret? “Well... I’m not supposed to say anything until it was official.” No.

Folks, she has nothing fiscally to do with either the seller nor the buyer. The real reason is that her boyfriend — someone we’ve also known for years — is good friends with the seller. So our friend kept that from us to appease him I guess? Nice. Really fucking nice. If I knew my friend’s livelihood was potentially at stake, you bet your candy ass I am giving them a heads-up. So I’m royally pissed at both of them. Meanwhile, my wife is just trying to process... And doing a good job, mind you. Meanwhile I’m in the other room absolutely fuming.

So yeah. That was my Sunday night. This really bites. My wife loves her job and makes a good living. It took her a long time to find this and now so quickly we could be in for some major changes yet again.