I work as a full-time contractor for a client and participate in the weekly conference call. They were discussing whether to hire a job candidate. For purposes of this story, my name is Pat.

Client CEO: Well, he’s not perfect.  I think we should hire him but still keep looking.  Then if we find someone we like better or cheaper we can just fire him. It’s like what we did with Pat. 

Client #2: Uh… isn’t Pat on this call?

Me: I think so. Doesn’t he have a severance package written in to his contract too?

Client CEO: *hangs up*

Everyone else on call: *awkward silence*