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“I didn’t do anything to him. He bumped into me and then attacked me.”

Puentes sat quietly listening until it was his turn to talk. “I never touched him in any way. I didn’t bump him and I didn’t punch him.”

Puentes rubbed his face where the man hit him. “If I hit him, let him show you the mark. Here’s mine.”

Puentes then held up his hands. Puentes had rings on each hand which would have left a mark had he thrown a punch.

The plant manager was just about to get rid of Puentes when at least 10 witnesses showed up at the door to his office. They were all pushing and pointing at the other man and yelling, “He started it. He’s the one.”

The plant manager was forced to make a decision. He’d already made up his mind that he had to get rid of Puentes. Now the only way he could appear reasonable in front of the people was to let them both go, so that’s what he did.

“You’re both fired.”

“Why? “ Puentes appealed, “They just told you I had nothing to do with it.”

“Company rules, no fighting on the job. You both have to go,” Dents said as he pointed to the door. “Get out of my office and off company property.”

The two security officers led both men outside the plant. As they walked out of his office, Dents told them both, “You’ll receive your last paycheck on payday.”

Puentes lost his connection to the interior of the plant. What was he going to do now? Being inside was vital to his investigation. He couldn’t find out what was going on in there if he couldn’t even get in the gate. Now he had big problems and no one to turn to for help.

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