Alice, a long-time employee at a company, faces criticism from a new co-worker over the weekly flower bouquet her husband sends her, leading to a confrontation that leaves Alice questioning if she was in the wrong.
A Work Routine
Alice had been working at the same job for five years and had been married to her husband, Bob, for the same duration, except for the year they worked from home due to the pandemic. Bob, who was a florist, had made it a tradition to send Alice a small bouquet of flowers every Monday, which she kept in a vase on her desk.
A New Co-worker
When a new woman, named Jen, joined their workplace, she noticed Alice’s bouquet and asked if it was a special occasion. Another co-worker explained that Bob sent Alice flowers every week. Jen made a face and changed the subject.
She started making snide comments every Monday when Alice received her bouquet, such as “we can’t all afford to waste our money like that” or “don’t you think that’s a bit tacky?” This shocked Alice but she decided to ignore the comments.
She Crossed a Line
On the most recent Monday, Jen crossed the line and asked Alice if Bob had a mistress, implying that he was overcompensating for something. Alice was furious and responded by saying that some people actually loved their spouses and liked to show it, unlike those who stayed in toxic relationships for appearances’ sake.
A Low Blow
Alice knew that Jen was having trouble with her own husband and her comment was a low blow. Alice was sick of all of the snide comments from Jen. She loved her weekly floral arrangements from her husband and didn’t want to feel bad about them.
She Left Early
Jen started sobbing and left work early. While everyone in the office agreed that Alice was in the right and had been more patient than they would have been, Alice couldn’t help but feel like she had gone too far. She wondered if she was the jerk in the situation.
Straight to the Internet
Alice didn’t know what to do about the situation. She didn’t know how to resolve it and if she even needed to. She decided to turn to the internet for advice.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “Your husband is a FLORIST. That’s what entertains me. Jealous and doesn’t even do basic assumption checking.”
More Internet Responses
Another person commented, “Right? Not everyone can afford to have their car maintained like mine is, but my husband is a mechanic, soooo………….. Not everyone can afford a tax professional, but my dad is a CPA, soooo…………. This woman wasn’t even smart about her insults.”
A Final Comment
This last person commented, “I wonder though if this response could get OP in trouble… I probs would’ve kept a little more professional but still biting edge with “thanks for your concern but no, he just has a flower shop and a happy wife” and let co-worker be embarrassed by her own lack of professionalism. But otherwise, I agree.”
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