I don't recall growing up to be like this. Maybe I did but I grew out of it before long.
I work with a 26 year old what amounts to a child. He still lives with his parents. Goes out partying till all hours of the night. Shows up to work when he feels like. Shirks responsibility by saying, 'You're the lead. You do it.' when in my job description the only thing I technically have to do is watch a panel since I've done everything that he's supposed to be doing.
But the best is that he shows up to work when he feels like it. Now, I don't pretend to be the picture of a model employee. Hell, I'm late a lot because well...frankly I live an hour from where I'm supposed to pick him up and our jobs are between 2-3 hours from there. I spend a lot of time staring at a dashboard and tail lights. I've never been called out on it because my supervisor can see on my GPS that I'm generally on the road before a lot of the other techs. But I digress. On point. The kid I work with generally on Monday's doesn't come in. I've gotten used to scheduling easy jobs that I can do by myself since I can't rely on him coming in. On occasion however, he throws a curve ball in.
Today for instance is a good example of one such curve ball. I show up at our designated pick-up point and he's no where to be found. Granted, it was 7:28am and I was early by his standards; our normal time is 7:30am. But generally he won't show up until 7:45-8:00. So, as I'm waiting I look at the clock and it's 7:44 so I start prepping for his arrival so we can go. 7:45 I get a text, 'Ahh..*censored*...sorry bro I just woke up.'
I immediately begin one of my text message tirades to him, 'What the *censored*? Why are you so *censored* stupid? What is wrong with you?' usually it motivates him because he wants to come punch me. Not this morning. 7:50 I'm still waiting. Eventually I text him, '*censored* it. I'm the *censored* sitting here waiting for you. I'm ghosting.' and I punched out. Started rolling to the job. A few minutes later, 'I'm rushing. Did you leave?', 'Yeah, *censored*. I did.' I then text him the address, 'Meet me there.'
An hour ride to Piscataway. 'Nah, I'm not driving my car (BMW) all the way to there.' I just stopped replying after that. I then get another series of texts saying this: 'I texted (redacted) and asked if he's got somewhere else closer to home I can go do or if he'd allow me to stay home with pay.' My boss then calls me, 'Where is he?' I then explain to him what happened and he says to me, 'Yeah, well he said you just left him there.' to which I just laughed and said, 'He couldn't get his ass out of bed. What was I supposed to do?', true, I could've picked him up at his house, it was only 20 minutes away; in the opposite direction of our intended destination. So, my boss has called me now twice because he's told my partner to man up and drive to the job. It's now 1200 and he still hasn't shown up.
When I was his age I was past all of that. I had an apartment, two cars and bills. He's got a car. That's it. What the hell has happened? Sure, there are days I don't want to come to work, hell there are days that I go to work and I'm lazy because I don't want to do anything. But you know what, I get up, I get dressed and I go to the job. I EVEN DO THE JOB even though I'm lazy that day. I pull my eight hours and I go home. This kid comes and goes as he pleases.
The really messed up thing is, and my boss said it too is that when he is here, he works and he's a damn good worker. But getting him motivated to do anything is like pulling teeth. I can also guarantee you, and again my boss agreed that he figured he was getting a free day off and he went to the Jersey Shore. Then he won't show up on Monday.