Short. Direct. Callous. And as It Turns Out, Life-Saving

October 3, 2014 9:05 PM

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Short. Direct. Callous. And as It Turns Out, Life-Saving

Did you hear the one about the 450-plus pound man working in the fashion industry? I certainly did; mainly because I was that guy. The same guy whose scale would read ERR (short for "error" since the scale couldn't register any weight over 400 pounds), the same guy who would be out of breath just from talking on the phone, and the same guy who threw his candy wrappers in other employees' trash cans so the janitors on our floor wouldn't know who was eating multiple 3 Musketeers bars in a single afternoon. And boy, did I think I had everyone fooled.

And yet, while working for R. H. Macy & Co. (back when the store was more known for its cutting-edge styles), I was definitely the odd man out. Mainly because I wasn't fitting in with my fellow employees, each of whom, with a quick outfit change, could have doubled for one of the many professional m...

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