A 26-year-old pregnant woman, happily married to a 50-year-old man, received daily gifts at work from her husband. She found these gestures heartwarming and appreciated the love behind them, but it was safe to say that her colleagues did not hold the same appreciation.
A Kind Gesture
The woman described her husband’s gift-giving: “He usually sends me breakfast because I can’t have breakfast early in the morning. He also often sends me a rose and a coffee with a note wishing me a good day, or just a note telling me that he loves me. Sometimes he even sends me chocolates or food from my favorite restaurant, etc, I love it.”
Her Colleague’s Perspective
One day, one of the woman’s co-workers took issue with the daily gifts. “She said I should tell him to stop, and that it’s not appropriate to send daily gifts to my workplace”, she explained.
However, the woman couldn’t have disagreed with her co-worker more and assumed that her accusations were motivated by jealousy. “Personally, I think it’s very romantic and attentive, and I kinda love that she hates it”, she laughed.
A Difference in Opinion
Further to the woman’s defense, another co-worker agreed that the gifts were sweet, especially considering the woman’s pregnancy. However, the accusative co-worker remained insistent that it was unprofessional.
Telling Her Boss
Despite the benign nature of the gifts, the co-worker threatened to report the woman to her boss. “She said she would tell him that she feels uncomfortable with the gift-giving and that I’m not being professional enough”, she recounted. “She even threatened to request another office-mate.”
The woman failed to understand how her co-worker could claim that her husband’s gifts were disruptive. She pointed out that her husband never brought gifts in person, so it wasn’t as if he was present in the office to distract her or her colleagues.
A Heated Exchange
Frustrated by the co-worker’s persistence, the woman snapped. “I told her that it is not my fault that she is single and does not receive anything from anyone, and that maybe if she were not so bitter someone would at least send her a coffee.”
Threats of Involving HR
The co-worker, deeply offended by this comment, threatened to escalate the matter to HR if an apology was not offered. However, the woman refused to apologize, clarifying that her comment was not intended to be hurtful but to address the perceived envy.
The woman sought a resolution to the workplace conflict, as she didn’t want HR to get involved, which would could potentially negatively impact her job, despite her seemingly doing nothing wrong. However, she was reluctant to ask her husband to stop sending her gifts, as she felt that he was acting kindly and there was nothing more to it than that.
Posting on Socials
The woman headed onto her favorite social media platform, telling of her husband’s gifts and her co-worker’s bitter reactions. However, she did not receive the validating defense that she had hoped for. “Gifts every day sounds excessively disruptive”, accused one reader. “Your comment was intentionally cruel… and before you start berating me, no, I’m not single.”
A Nasty Response
Whilst some commenters agreed with the woman’s perspective on gift-giving, they did not approve of her attitude. “She may be acting out of jealousy and should not have said anything since it doesn’t affect her job”, one person started. “However, you replied with a personal attack, and that puts you at the same level as her.”
This sentiment was echoed throughout the comment section – just because the gifts weren’t inappropriate, it didn’t mean that her response wasn’t. “It’s a little ironic that your response to being accused of unprofessional conduct is to lash out and conduct yourself in an unprofessional way”, pointed out one commenter.
A Sugar Daddy
Aside from the workplace drama, one commenter couldn’t help but laugh about the woman and her husband’s significant age discrepancy. “He’s 50, she’s 26”, they pointed out. “There’s a reason he is sending her gifts every day.”
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