I think a similar alarm went off in my mind as has yours. That is why I responded as I did in my previous post under this topic. IMO I'm not sure the gist of my post was received...that is, character over circumstance...R12's reply appeared to dwell on the circumstance.Do any of you think like me when this post came up or am I just an a hole?
That being said, I'm not led to believe the man is a thief, or lazy, or incompetent. It could be he's a highly competent, diligent mechanic that somehow has a way of rubbing people the wrong direction that he hasn't fully become aware of, yet.
I believe this is Dowadudda's point, as it was mine. Youth is inherent with rubbing folks the wrong way and not being aware of it...until later. That's just it. Each person has to learn how they're doing it and then look inward to discover how to change. It can be hard. Ego is a bad bear to wrestle down. Even if it appears to be cloaked in humility (i.e. oh woe is me!). I've been down that road more than once.
In closing, it does suck to be laid off. So my sympathies are extended for that purpose. However, each setback is an opportunity to reassess and push on. Learn from each, strive not to repeat, knowingly. It's well known that victory often arises from the ashes of failure.