Well, there was NO ASS CHEWING. I repeat, NO ASS CHEWING. He just called me back, (almost two hours later), and the scoop is, the suits were visiting the store from corporate. So no big deal, basically. Those yo-yos show up now and again and walk around and ask questions to which he patiently fills them in and by the time they leave they are completely educated on his store and how it is being run. Usually the guy he works with is there, too so the group of them can split up and the yo-yos get more hands on, tender loving care. But the other one was at a meeting. Oh well.
Anyway, so much for an exciting story about someone crying and begging for mercy and pleading for their life, er, job.