He deserved to be fired, however I ought to say one thing good


DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it acceptable to precise condolences to a co-worker who was terminated, when you really feel that termination was well-justified?

The co-worker is definitely confused at having misplaced his job, however he didn’t ship what was requested of him. I used to be typically slowed down or annoyed by his skilled actions. Nonetheless, I didn’t personally dislike him.

GENTLE READER: By condolences, you presumably imply saying that you’re sorry your co-worker was fired. And, for good motive, you aren’t.

However Miss Manners is aware of different methods to commiserate: “I want you luck,” “I hope you’ll keep up a correspondence” and even, whether it is believable, “I’ll miss you.”

She realizes that these statements include bland goodwill and are usually not prone to lead to motion. However individuals are inclined to imply them on the time, and they’re a sort solution to say goodbye.

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