Surprise party

This pilot fish is new to the organization -- and he's still learning the ropes when he is promoted to a supervisor position.

"Shortly after I assumed supervisor responsibility, one of the staff submits his resignation letter," fish says. "I start the process to ensure a clean hand-off of tasks.

"I ask my boss if he's going to send a notice to the staff announcing the resignation, or if I should.

"Boss's response: 'We don't announce resignations.'

"This could make the going-away luncheon, well, interesting."

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