James had been brought up to be courteous.
He held doors for those who approached them, he offered his seat on trains to the infirm, he drove with impeccable manners and he never swore in public.
When his boss fired him for making a single mistake, he was scrupulously polite in return and took his box of possessions from his desk, thanking the security guard for showing him out.
Next day social media buzzed with interesting insider tales about the company, casting aspersions on its integrity.
James had been brought up to be courteous, but learned revenge was much sweeter.