The CEO and the CFO at the office I used to work for, called last week to ask when I was going to turn over the Altis 1.6 G. Though I was expecting this any time this month, I found it strange for them to press me into turning over the car before the date of my resignation (December 31, 2004 yet). There was a bit of tension here and I got confused as to what my rights were as a former employee, so I went on to request Jerry to consult a lawyer.
Atty. Tolentino gave the assurance that it was okay for me to hold on to the car until I was agreeable to the final pay I would be receiving. This was my cue and my consequent reply through SMS to the CFO.
Last Thursday, HRD, Accounting and Payroll worked overtime to compute and send me the details. When everything was okay, I then brought the car to the office last Friday for the turnover. It was kind of sad looking at the car that provided us convenience for the last 20 months or so.
I sent an SMS to the CFO when the turnover was done and even texted him the last odometer reading (lest Ed the Director fancied using it just as he used Mike's car on a whim. I heard he even hinted on swapping his lower model with mine! The nerve...) Shortly I received an SMS reply from the CFO stating that he would do everything for the release of my final pay not later than Wednesday (that would be tomorrow).
It was a good machine, and it still is. As I let go of it, I'm about to put closure to this whole employment thing.
(As a replacement, Jerry and I initially thought of buying a Ford Everest. However, due to practical reasons, we opted to buy a Japanese SUV instead.)