After being excluded from his co-worker Bob’s wedding due to a “spacing issue,” a man faces a fallout with Bob and his team members after revealing he wasn’t invited, leading him to question his friendship with Bob and the dynamics of his team.
A Long Time
The man had been working for his company for seven years, five of which he had spent on his current team, where he had become close with his fifteen colleagues, including a co-worker named Bob, who had joined the team at the same time as him. They had worked together for years and had become good friends. So, when Bob announced during a Zoom meeting that he was now engaged, the man was thrilled for him.
He Wasn’t Invited
Fast forward to this January, and Bob told everyone on the team that his wedding would be held in September of this year at a beautiful winery. The man was excited to attend and couldn’t wait to celebrate with his friend. However, about five months ago, the invites started coming in, and the man didn’t receive one. He waited a few weeks, but nothing came, so he went to Bob and asked if his invite got sent out.
A Spacing Issue…
Bob gave him a solemn look and then told him that he wasn’t invited because of a “spacing issue.” He said he tried to make it work, but just couldn’t, and hoped the man didn’t take it personally. He also said he’d be sure to get wedding favors and a piece of cake. He asked the man to keep it to himself and “please not make a big deal out of it.” The man didn’t know what to say, so he just said “okay” and walked away.
He Was Upset
The man won’t lie, he was upset. He hated feeling excluded, and it was doubly worse because everyone else on the team was going except for him. And honestly, he really liked weddings as they were usually very fun. He kept it to himself, but he wasn’t happy.
A Beautiful Day
The day of the wedding came three weeks ago, and it went by without a hitch. Everyone on the team had a grand time and said it was beautiful. The food and party were great, and apparently, everyone got a dozen fresh apple cider donuts to take home. The man never did get that cake or wedding favors, by the way.
At work the following Monday, his team member, Sherri, told him that everyone was confused as to where he was. Apparently, Bob said he was sick and couldn’t make it. The man was confused and then annoyed. He straight up told her he wasn’t invited and left it at that. She looked shocked and asked him to confirm, and he said yes, he wasn’t invited.
She Told Multiple People
Well, Sherri told someone, and about five people asked the man if he wasn’t invited, and he confirmed that it was true. The news spread quickly, and soon, everyone on the team knew that the man wasn’t invited to Bob’s wedding.
Spilled the Beans
Today was Bob’s first day back from his honeymoon, and it must have gotten back to him that the man had spilled the beans. He approached the man in the break room and was upset that he had told Sherri that it wasn’t a big deal that he missed the wedding. The man said, “How would you like to be excluded from something everyone else is going to?”
Back and Forth
They went back and forth for a bit before Bob walked away. The man was pretty upset, so upset that his project manager came to ask him if he was okay because she had heard about him not being invited. He didn’t want the issue to go this far, so he said yes, he was okay. But other team members came up to him and said that Bob should have invited him, and it was wrong he didn’t.
He Was Allowed to be Upset
The man realized that he was allowed to be upset that he wasn’t invited to the wedding. He had been friends with Bob for years, and it hurt to be excluded from such an important event in his life.
He also realized that Bob was allowed to invite whoever he wanted to his wedding, but he wished he had been honest with him from the beginning. Instead, he felt like he had been lied to and excluded from something that he had been looking forward to.
The Internet Responded
This person wrote, “You didn’t ruin his wedding day, and you didn’t say anything prior to the wedding, nor make a big deal of it. Bob straight up lied to your colleagues about why you couldn’t attend, which is incredibly bizarre and a major jerk move.”
More Internet Comments
Another commenter wrote, “I mean I am all for not inviting people to your wedding, but when you invite the entire team except for one person you suck it up and invite the last person. One person is not breaking the bank if you can afford to invite fourteen co-workers. There is no way this was not going to come up…”
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