So, difficult child was sick one day last month and instead of calling in, dragged me with him to speak to his supervisor AFTER he was supposed to clock in (all I did was stand there); forgot about one day of work a few weeks ago; then despite repeated urging by us to tell his supervisor that we were going out of town for New Year's, didn't tell her until AFTER she wrote out the schedule; claimed that he overslept on Sunday, Jan. 4, and didn't go in at all, even after his friend texted him long distance that he had to go in to work and he had two day's notice (and we know he got up early and went to his girlfriend's house); and finally, today, forgot his house key and couldn't get into the house to get his uniform so skipped work and didn't call in, waiting instead, for his supervisor to call. The house key was kind of my fault. We took away the car. I separated the keys. I left the car key on the kitchen counter. He had the house key but apparently left it in his room. husband called to remind me to leave the door unlocked. I locked it. We usually have a hide-a-key outside but difficult child lost that long ago. I went into McDonald's 3 hrs after difficult child's shift was supposed to start. Never mentioned it to difficult child. Just thought I'd see what was what. The friend who originally got him the job was working the front counter. I asked for the manager and said the key was my fault, and difficult child really did go out of town for New Year's. Friend said it didn't matter; difficult child didn't show up at all on Sunday and there was nothing I could do. He said it would make it worse to talk to mgr. I thanked him and wished him a Happy New Year. Talked to difficult child tonight ... and he thinks he can talk to the mgr and it will be fine. Which La-la land is he living in? I told him that he'd better think about the prospect of losing his job so that he is prepared. He said he knew but he was convinced it would be fine. Oh, dear doG. He's so used to arguing and negotiating with teachers, parents and friends, he doesn't understand what it's like in the Real World. It's about time.