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What A Thoughtful Gift

, , , , , , | Working | December 24, 2021

Although I would never admit it, I don’t mind too much if someone calls when I’m on holiday. I just don’t answer it if I don’t want to talk to them. Most people only ring if it’s an emergency and they know I answer when I can.

It’s close to Christmas, and I get a phone call from an unknown number. I’m expecting a delivery so I answer it. 

Coworker: “Hey, [My Name]! It’s [Coworker]. From work!”

Me: “Oh, hey, [Coworker]. I’m actually on holiday, so…”

Coworker: “Good news! You won a prize in the raffle.”

Me: “Oh, yeah, I forgot about that. So, what did I win?”

Coworker: “Some flowers!”

Me: “Oh, yeah, great. Since I’m not in, do you want to see if anyone else wants them?”

Coworker: “Well, my wife would like them.”

It all makes sense. [Coworker] never would ring me. He must have figured out he could get them for free. I bet he pretends he bought them.

Me: “Sure, [Coworker], whatever.”

Coworker: “Oh, great. Thank you!”

I set my phone down and do something else. My wife calls through from the other room.

Wife: “Your phone is ringing.”

Me: “Does it end in [numbers]?”

Wife: “Yeah.”

Me: “That will be work. I’ll leave it.”

Wife: “You’ve had three missed calls already.”

I answer it, reluctantly.

Coworker: “Hi, it’s [Coworker] again. [Boss] said the prizes weren’t transferable. Said you won it so I couldn’t have it.

Me: “Okay, well, leave it on my desk, then.”

Coworker: “But they will die.”

Me: “Put them in water? I don’t know. I don’t care, really.”

Coworker: “Fine, I guess.”

I eventually went back to work. Thankfully, it looks like the cleaners tidied the flowers up before I got back.

Someone told me later that the flowers weren’t even expensive; they were the cheapest bunch you could buy. [Coworker] interrupted my holiday so he could give his wife a £2 bunch of flowers.

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