Interview with Louis McDuffie

Now when he, shortly after he came home, didn't you and he have an experience where you were working together for a while? Tell me about that.


Yes, this was long after he had gotten out of the Marines. When he first got out of the Marines, I think he married, ah, the, the lady that he, you know the mother of his kids and he, he was going to join the, by the way, when he was in the Marines he was a MP in the Marines and what they call a cross county chase or whatever when the guys go AWOL or whatever he'd go and get them and bring them back and whatever. And, he was kind of interested in police work or whatever because when he got out of the Marines he applied for Dade County to be a uniformed, you know, patrolman. And, ah, for some reason, ah, I don't think they, they called him fast enough or whatever but anyhow he took a job with UPS and he worked for UPS for a while and then the UPS company, they had a lay-off, which they had called him back to work. But, ah, at that point he had got, he had went to work for an insurance company. And he, he got interested in insurance and he would always stop by and, you know, he says, "Hey, man, come on over, and, you know, work with me." He says, "You make a lot of money selling insurance, you know." I says, "Forget it man." I says, you know, "That's not for me." So anyhow, ah, probably about a year or two later he really talked me into it and, ah, I took a leave of absence from the company that I worked for and, ah, I went over to work with him in the insurance. And, after I was there a short while, I knew right then it wasn't for me. I didn't like it because canvassing or going out, you know, cold turkey, or, you know, you got to go to somebody house at night after lunch or after their dinner, you know, you know, trying to sell a policy or whatever. And I was a little bit late on some of the appointments and stuff and I remember one morning I went in I was supposed to see a customer and, ah, I didn't go and he came out, I think he was watching me when I pulled in, when I drove up in the parking lot and as I entered the office he rushed out of his office and he says, "Mr. McDuffie, I want to see you in my office." So, I says, "OK, I'll be right there." He says, "Now." I says, "Well, I wonder what's happening?" You know. So, I went in and he says, ah, "Were you supposed to see Mrs. So-and-So?" I says, "Yeah." He says, "Why didn't you?" I says, "Well I forgot it." He says, "Well I'm going to tell you one thing. I'm going to look over it this time but, ah, don't let it happen again." I mean he was bound to the point and, ah, after that was all over I proceeded to do my work and he came out and he pat me on the shoulder. He says, "Now, you know, I have to do that." He says, "Because, you know, we can be brothers in the street but we got a job to do here." I mean he was just right to the point with it**. And, ah, shortly after that I, not that I had any bad feelings or anything toward him or, or working with him. I think from that experience it just, probably just made me a better person because later on I, you know, I got in management and, ah, if you have a job to do you got to do it, you know. It doesn't matter who, ah, feet you step on, you know.


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