Her Colleague Inquired About Her Hobbies, and When She Listed Them, the Colleague Said They Made Her Unattractive – Was Snapping at The Colleague Justified?

A 32-year-old woman worked as an interpreter and frequently collaborated with her colleagues. One day, a seemingly polite conversation with one such colleague rapidly turned into a tense altercation. 

Introducing Hannah

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One day during work, the woman was approached by her 30-year-old coworker, Hannah, who questioned her weekend plans.

A Polite Response 

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The woman was happy to engage in this conversation: “I replied that I was going to the woods with my club to shoot some arrows, and I had ballet class on Sunday”, the woman explained. 

Taken Aback

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Hannah was taken aback by the woman’s detailed weekend plans. Bizarrely, she snapped at the woman, asking rhetorically “How many hobbies do you have?”. The woman sprinkled this question with cuss words to emphasize her surprise. 

Answering Seriously

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The woman was not bothered by Hannah’s swearing. “Swearing is something she does a lot so it didn’t sound any alarm bells in my head so I replied that I had a few hobbies”. However, this still wasn’t enough for Hannah.

List Your Hobbies

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Confusingly, Hannah then continued to demand that the woman verbally list each and every one of her hobbies. “I told her that I took Italian classes, ballet beginners classes, archery, pan flute classes, swimming, and did some volunteering twice a week”, the woman recounted.

Unexpected Criticism

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It was at this point that Hannah made an unexpected and unsolicited comment, stating, “This is why you’re single.” The remark caught the woman off guard, as she had never expressed any dissatisfaction with her single status. She decided to confront Hannah about her comment.

A Heated Exchange

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Questioning the basis of Hannah’s comment, she sought clarification, only to receive an unexpected response. Hannah insinuated that the woman was trying to relive her high school days and that no man would be interested in a woman who engaged in archery and ballet classes.

A Harsh Retort

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Growing increasingly frustrated with Hannah’s intrusive and judgmental comments, the woman eventually snapped. She told Hannah to go away whilst liberally using cuss words herself, and promptly left the room.

Spread Of Workplace Gossip

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In the aftermath of their heated exchange, the story began to circulate around the office. Hannah portrayed herself as the victim, branding her coworker as rude. She claimed she was merely offering advice, suggesting that the woman’s immaturity would leave her single forever if she didn’t change her ways.

Facing Social Consequences

Over the course of nearly a week, Hannah managed to garner support from some of their female colleagues. They began to side with her, openly expressing their disapproval of the interpreter’s hobbies and actions. One coworker even mimicked a ballerina behind her back, further intensifying the tension in the workplace.

Seeking Clarity

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The woman was saddened by her colleagues’ behavior. She felt that her response was justified after Hannah’s rudeness, and couldn’t believe that her other colleagues had sided with her. She posted her story online, hoping to gain a second perspective from readers. “It’s hilarious she thinks the goal in life is to be coupled up”, one reader laughed. “You go be you, you’re fabulous!” 

Some Serious Advice

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Many readers were concerned about Hannah’s behavior and felt that it should not go unpunished. “Go to HR and file a complaint”, a concerned reader wrote. “She’s starting a hostile work environment and overstepped.”

Impressive Hobbies

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Many people praised the woman, both for sticking up for herself and for her huge list of hobbies. “I’m honestly impressed, that is quite a list of activities and I don’t think I’d be able to dredge up the energy for that list”, stated another commenter. “You have a very full personal life, where you can find friends who share some of your interests… I bet Hannah can’t say the same!”

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