Jon Voight

My manager saw me standing there with Jon Voight, as visible as I could possibly be

I was working a banquet as a server. The event was a fundraiser for a human rights organization. I wanted to listen but was shooed out by our manager. No workers were to stay in the banquet hall during the speeches. I snuck in the back service door and crouched down behind a buffet table covered in the standard table linens. For a while I listened, empowered by the speeches and thought about how many of my co-workers lives were touched by the topics being discussed. Just then a tug on my arm and my manager once again pulled me out of the room and into the service hallway. She walked one way, I walked another. Bummed out that I couldn't listen. As I walked the long service hallway I spotted Jon Voight coming towards me. He motioned to me with his finger. "Come with me," he said. "It's important we listen." Then he led me back into the banquet hall where he stood by me for the rest of the speeches. My manager saw me standing there with Jon Voight, as visible as I could possibly be! She didn't have the nerve to pull me out now. At the end I shook his hand, said thanks and went back to work clearning tables.

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