Thanks for the rep! I am happy, however, to have learned that the issue was that the OP is a 19 year old who needed taken in hand rather than someone particularly set on being a jerk. I am satisfied that I saw him growing up through the course of the thread!
I guess I was so shaken up because it was a friend, whom we rescued from being crushed by a fork lift. Afterwards I was the one who had to call his parents and let them know they were lifelining him to Louisville.