A 26-year-old woman found herself invited to a hiking trip with her new boss and their husband. The woman was excited to spend time with new people, but little did she know, she would barely make it to the hike’s starting point
Sue, The Welcoming Boss
The woman’s boss, Sue, stood out as a welcoming figure in her life since her new job. Sue often extended invitations to team gatherings, from dinner parties to celebrating significant life events.
The Hiking Group Invitation
One day, the topic of Sue’s husband’s hiking group came up. Sue enthusiastically shared that it was an excellent way to socialize and make new friends. She mentioned that a hike was planned for the upcoming Monday, which also happened to be the woman’s birthday.
An Unexpected Turn Of Events
The woman, keeping her birthday a secret, found herself agreeing to join the hike, as she had no other plans. With a sense of anticipation, she drove to the remote meeting spot up in the hills on that Monday.
A Disconcerting Situation
To the woman’s surprise, upon arrival, she found only Sue’s husband, Greg, waiting. “I asked him where everyone was – he said no one else could make it and it would just be us on the hike”, the woman explained.
An Unfamiliar Face
While the woman had seen Greg in passing at Sue’s house, she didn’t know him well. She felt uncomfortable about going on a hike in a dark and remote area with a near stranger, despite her intuition that he was probably a decent person.
A Call To Sue
The woman called Sue, who informed her that a family matter had come up, but she encouraged her to proceed with the hike, citing the breathtaking view as worth the adventure. However, the woman’s unease persisted, and she asked Greg if they could postpone the hike until others could join.
A Frustrated Reaction
Greg, growing impatient, expressed frustration, insisting that they should start the hike immediately. The woman’s apprehension deepened at his response.
An Abrupt Departure
Feeling increasingly uneasy, the woman thanked Greg and informed him that she was heading home, but this triggered Greg’s anger. ”He came toward me and asked me if I thought he was a serial killer”, the woman explained. “He seemed angry, so I panicked and jumped in the car saying I had to go”.
An Unforeseen Surprise
During her nerve-wracking drive home, Sue reached out to her. It was then that she discovered the shocking truth: the hiking trip had been a ruse to lead her to a surprise birthday party organized by her coworkers. Sue had uncovered her birthday through Facebook, and Greg’s role was to guide her to the lookout point.
Guilt And Regret
Overwhelmed by guilt and regret, she offered to return to the party, but Sue was understandably upset. She told her that she had ruined the celebration and made Greg feel like a creeper.
The Tense Aftermath
The aftermath of this misadventure left the workplace environment tense. Sue and her coworkers now interacted with her only when they needed something, and she was notably excluded from the team lunch. She found herself burdened with the sense that she made a significant mistake.
Sharing Her Story
The woman headed online to share her story, opening up a vote to whether she had overreacted or, in fact acted appropriately. “I’m stunned that your boss thought this was a good idea”, expressed one reader. “I would have reacted the exact same way.”
A Poorly Thought-Out Plan
“They should’ve come up with a better cover story, such as that the others started hiking already and were waiting for you”, another person suggested. “Honestly, I would’ve done the exact same thing. Especially when he seemed to get irritated and progressed further into anger and yelling.”
A Normal Response
Despite the good intentions, it was clear to everyone that the boss had poor judgment. “They were intentionally misleading you and you got suspicious and scared, which was justified”, a reader reassured her. “It’s unfortunate but they should have predicted that a woman alone wasn’t going to go on a hiking trip with a man she doesn’t know.”
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