Stop! I said stop! I’m gonna say this just one more time and then you would regret you ever came here on vacation. I said, quit playing that stupid game before someone gets hurt. If you will not listen to me, then I have no choice, but to have you sit in that room all by yourself for the next six hours or until your mother gets here. I will not accept your disobedience and blatant disregard for the safety of others. I will not let you hurt yourself or the other kids, playing in that manner.
What’s your name young man?
Yes, I’m talking to you, he said as the young man turned around to see who was asking the question.
Walking towards each other Mr. Bently asked a second time. What’s your name young man?
The red curly haired energetic young man answered. My name is Paul sir. Paul Timers.
Paul, he said with a stern voice, pushing someone into the pool against their wishes; can be extremely dangerous. This can cause serious bodily injuries or even paralysis. Do you want this happening, as a result of your actions?
“No sir.” Paul answered.
Well son, you must listen when you’ve been spoken to and do as you are told. But, since you’ve been so unruly, and disruptive; I have to ask you to gather all your belongings and come with me.
“Where are we going”? Paul asked.
We are going over to this quiet, little space on the other side of the pool. There, you can either take a book or just sit at the window, and stare as the others enjoying the water. You’ll be in here for an awful long time, so I urge you use your time wisely. Mr. Bridgeman is in the room next door—he will be keeping an eye on you.
“This is not fair, Paul protested. I wasn’t the only one pushing people in the water-- James and Michael were also doing the same thing.”
That’s correct, I know you were just having fun, but when I spoke to them, they readily obeyed. You, on the other hand, continued to plague the other kids. How many times, did Mary ask you to quit pushing her? How many times did Molly say stop? How many times did Cindy ask you to leave her alone? But, you never stopped. Did you?
“No sir-- I’m terribly sorry Mr. Bentley.
Paul, you must learn to respect others. Sometimes, in our passion for fun and excitement, we do things that are offensive to others. Someone could have fallen into the pool, accidentally hitting their head, pass out and drowned. A whole lot of people would have been saddened, and you my friend would be in serious trouble. Now, I don’t want to see you in any trouble. Therefore, as the lifeguard it’s my job to protect the lives of all those who visit this pool. We have rules, which everyone must follow, and that includes you.
I hope you learn this most valuable lesson.Okay! Let’s go.
“Mr. Bentley, I think, I would like to be a lifeguard when I grow up.”
That’s an excellent idea son; your parents would be tremendously proud of you.
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