Dave got a new job at the sui.ci.de hotline.
The manager shows him to his desk and Dave has a seat.
The manager says, “Remember! Your job is to make sure that the person at the other end of the line does not k*ll himself, no matter what! That’s the one thing you have to do!”
Dave says “No problem! I will do exactly what you just told me!” and the manager leaves him to his job.
A few minutes, later Dave’s phone rings.
“Hello?” Dave answers. No response for a few seconds, then a voice appears.
“My wife cheated on me.” a man says. The man on the other end of the line is clearly depressed.
“I’m sorry to hear that.” Dave says.
“I found out that she’s been doing it for months; she says I don’t treat her well enough. She’s filing for divorce and threatening to take the kids from me. I don’t know what to do. I just took up drinking and gambling, the pain goes away at first but it always comes back. I don’t think I can even afford to see a psychiatrist; money is tight as it always is. I wish I could manage my finances better… I just don’t see any way out. I think the only thing I can do that makes sense is to just kill myself.”
Dave pauses for a moment, thinks, and then he asks:
“Wouldn’t it make more sense to k*ll her?”