The owner of the store had low-risk surgery this morning, and just called to check in.
Owner: "I survived the surgery, so I guess (His Son's Name) doesn't run the store yet."
Me: "That's the chain of succession? You skip over your employees, straight to your eleven year old son? Wouldn't it make more sense for your wife, who runs nonprofits to take over?"
Owner: "She doesn't want to do that. Maybe (Coworker's Name)?"
Me: "She doesn't want to do that, either. Plus, hasn't (Other Coworker's Name) worked here longer than some of us have been alive?"
Owner: "That makes sense. You think he'd want to do it?"
Me: "No, none of us would want to do it, but he'd be the most prepared to make it somebody else's problem."
Owner: "I guess I'll have to keep surviving then."