Their Coworker Spread False Accusations To Get Them Fired, Before Being Diagnosed With Cancer – Was The Individual Fair To Not Donate Or Sign Their Card?

An individual worked in a workplace that had a toxic past, which led them to avoid a certain person. For months this successfully improved their workplace environment, but soon a moral conundrum would arise that would bring the past issue back into their mind. 

Past Workplace Turmoil

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A year ago, the person faced a difficult period at their job. A co-worker had actively participated in an investigation aimed at getting them fired. 

False Allegations

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The person who had attempted to get the individual fired had a personal vendetta against them. “All allegations were false and fabricated, but I am still employed, thank God”, explained the individual.

Financial Consequences

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Despite being proven innocent and keeping their job, the individual still faced consequences from the accuser’s actions. They explained: “This ordeal cost me tens of thousands of dollars (I’m in sales) and months of incredible stress at work and at home”.

A Cancer Diagnosis

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Just a few months after the dust had settled on the fabricated accusations, the troublesome co-worker received a grim diagnosis—cancer. Despite the animosity previously experienced, the individual couldn’t help but feel compassion. They firmly believed that no one should have to endure such a terrible disease, not even their most bitter adversary.

A Generous Gesture

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In response to this tragic announcement, a different co-worker initiated a group message to all their colleagues. In this message, the co-worker announced that they had purchased a card for everyone to sign and were seeking $20 donations from each co-worker to assist the diagnosed co-worker.

A Delicate Question

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A few days later, the individual found themselves facing an uncomfortable inquiry from their colleague. They were asked why they had not yet signed the card or contributed the requested $20. 

Their Response

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In response to their colleague’s question, the individual informed them that they would not be signing the card or donating due to the awful things the diagnosed co-worker had put them through in the past.

Colleague’s Reaction 

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The colleague organizing the card signings and donations was incredibly upset. They believed that the past was in the past, and what mattered right now was that the diagnosed co-worker received the support they needed. 

The Moral Dilemma

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The individual was steadfast in their decision, but this did not come without guilt. They recognized that their decision could be seen as petty, but they felt that their sincere remorse was more than enough considering the nightmare they had been put through in the past.

Confessing Their Guilt

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Ridden with guilt, the individual headed online to a social media platform, seeking solace in their favorite community group. They confessed their decision in a public post, asking the public to offer their take on the situation. “Sign the card ‘Karma’, a reader with a very dark sense of humor commented. 

Strapped for Cash

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Other commenters offered some more serious advice. “Tell the person collecting that you are hard up for money after what this person did to you”, someone suggested. “Explain that because of him, you cannot afford to donate and as you have not donated you do not feel it proper to sign the card. If he keeps harassing you, go to HR.”

They Might Be Judged

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Most people agreed that the individual had made the right decision, but they also emphasized that there may be consequences. “Cancer is a terrible thing, but you don’t have to give money or sign the card just so you won’t be seen as petty”, one reader started. “Consider that your co-workers might judge you for your choice though.”

Tread Carefully

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Many people agreed that whilst not signing the card was justified, it may not be in the individual’s best interest in the long term. “I would worry about how big the group is people who tried to get you fired is”, another commenter suggested. “Your job may not be safe and your work environment doesn’t sound pleasant or convivial. The problem is maybe bigger than this.”

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