A man was on paternity leave and decided to make an unannounced visit to his workplace to retrieve some essential documents. The man brought his baby, but he may have chosen otherwise if he realized that the attention this would receive would lead to a workplace drama.
The Center of Attention
Only the man’s boss had been informed in advance of his visit, so upon entering the office with his two-month-old baby, his co-workers were surprised but delighted. They couldn’t resist the allure of the adorable infant, gathering around to coo and pass the baby around.
A Cry for Attention
Naturally, the baby started to cry, so the man asked his assistant to comfort the child, either by rocking them or walking around the office. He then focused on gathering the necessary documents from his computer, the main purpose of his visit.
A Disturbing Disappearance
Things suddenly became suspiciously quiet. “I stop hearing crying and look up to see my assistant on her phone, with no baby in her arms”, the man recounted.
The Intern’s Involvement
“I rush out and ask where my kid is”, the man continued. “Turns out she asked one of the interns, Mary, to take her because she got a call from a client.” This decision was made without consulting the man, catching him off guard.
The Stranger Factor
The man had limited interaction with Mary due to her arrival during his paternity leave. He had not gotten to know her personally and felt uncomfortable entrusting his baby to her.
A Panicked Search
In search of Mary, the man approached the intern desks and discovered that Mary had left for the restroom with his baby. Concerned, he requested a woman to accompany him to retrieve his child.
Changing a Diaper
However, just a moment later, Mary emerged from the bathroom with the man’s baby. She had a diaper bag on her arm and had visited the bathroom to clean up the baby, who was crying due to a soiled diaper.
Safe in His Arms
Once the baby was safely back in his arms, the man had a private conversation with his boss about the incident. He expressed his discomfort with a stranger, an intern, walking off with his baby without his consent.
A Decision to Be Made
In response to his discomfort with the situation, the man expressed reservations about Mary’s future employment at the company. He left the final decision regarding her employment status in his boss’ hands.
A Difference of Opinion
Upon sharing the incident with his wife, she felt that the man had gone too far by potentially jeopardizing Mary’s job prospects. She suggested that the intern might have been following a task assigned to her; she was simply trying to help, and the man’s actions could be perceived as an abuse of his authority.
Confessing His Sins
The man headed online with his conundrum, concerned that his wife may be right. He recognized that Mary was simply changing his baby’s diaper for him, yet his reaction had the potential to get her fired. “You acted horribly”, accused one reader. “The intern did you a favor by changing your baby you pawned off on your co-worker. You owe her an apology.”
Mary Was Innocent
Everyone reading the man’s post agreed that Mary had done nothing but try to help him. “The intern noticed the baby needed changing and took action”, another commenter wrote. “You found her with relative ease, she had done nothing dangerous or reckless, and was caring for your child. To go so far as to punish her in such a serious way is absolutely awful on your part.”
The beratement the man received was relentless. “Your baby was crying for want of a clean diaper, and instead of handling that yourself like a parent, you offloaded the crying child to your employee, who is not a nanny”, a furious reader spat. “Here you are acting like you did the right thing for doling out official reprimands to two people whose job titles are definitely not ‘nanny’.”
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