Been there, done that. You want to believe that the guy will come around. Part of it is you don't want to admit to yourself that you made a mistake in hiring the person. We have so much paperwork that has to be done to hire someone that I don't want to waste or repeat that time investment. The fact remains though that what you see out of a person the first 30 days is probably the best you can expect. This guy had no work ethic. Everything else was more important than this job. He was simply too busy to have a job. Firing someone no matter the circumstances is no fun. You start to think not only about that person but their families and/or children that rely on that paycheck. The fact remains though that you have a business to run, it's not a charity. I fired someone last month and another yesterday. Again, it's no fun but they had it coming.