After Meeting an Old Classmate This Man Was Pushed Aside and Told to Move On, but When Free Drinks Were on Offer He Suddenly Changed His Stance

John and his wife had made a new year’s resolution to do more hands-on volunteer work this year, but when an old classmate refused to engage with him he was hurt.

New Year’s Resolution

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John and his wife had made a new year’s resolution to do more hands-on volunteer work this year. As an IT guy, John found a group that refurbished computers for students, which he thought was a perfect fit for him. He attended an orientation session for the group and was surprised to see a guy he went to college with around 10 years ago.

He Was Weirdly Evasive

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John immediately recognized the guy from college, and they had worked on projects together. However, when John went over to say hi, the guy was evasive and didn’t seem interested in talking to him. The guy told John that he wanted to move on from college and didn’t want to associate with anyone he went to school with.

He Felt Hurt

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Despite feeling hurt by the guy’s comments, John respected his decision and went about his day. Later on, John went to a pub with some of the people he had met during the orientation. However, the same guy showed up and sat down at their table.

A Weird Guy

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John was surprised to see him and asked him why he was there. When the guy asked John to buy him a drink, John refused and told him to leave the table. The guy called John a jerk and walked away.

He Complained to the Boss!

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A few hours later, John received an email from the event coordinator, informing him that the guy had complained about him and said that he wasn’t a team player. John explained his side of the story to the coordinator, who was understanding and didn’t take any action against him.

One Bad Apple Spoils the Bunch

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John wanted to continue volunteering with the organization, but he knew that he would have to deal with the guy again. Some people suggested that he should have bought the guy a drink, but John refused, saying that he wouldn’t buy a drink for someone who disrespected him.

He Remained Committed

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Despite the situation, John remained committed to the organization and wanted to continue volunteering. However, he couldn’t help but feel hurt by the guy’s comments and actions.

Moving On Up

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“I was just trying to do something good for the community, and I didn’t expect to run into someone from college who didn’t want anything to do with me,” John said. “I don’t think I was the jerk for telling him to leave the table, but I also don’t want to let his behavior affect my commitment to the organization. I just hope that we can both move past this and focus on the work we’re doing for the students.”

The Internet Responded

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This commenter posted, “The man you used to be friendly with at school flat out told you he wanted to move on and have nothing to do with his old classmates from so long ago. Now, by the time you and the other volunteers went to the pub across the road, old classmate may have reconsidered. Or maybe he thought he could get a free drink. Or he wanted to sit with the other volunteers, and you were just there, too. Or who knows what he was thinking, to sit at the table. But you made it clear you weren’t going to buy him a drink. And he didn’t like that. Sucks for him.”

More Internet Responses

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Another person commented, “I think he believed that since OP maybe bought drinks for a bunch of other relative strangers he was one of them. He’s an entitled jerk. Give the guy a wide berth so he can’t create additional drama. It seems he resents his former classmates for some reason. Don’t give him a chance to play the victim again.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote, “He doesn’t just suddenly get to remember you now that your buying drinks for people. He should have kept the same energy he started with.”

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