In a recent viral post on Reddit, a Redditor described how they got their own back with a coworker that pretended to donate to another employee’s get well soon collection.
A Much Loved Manager
The Original Poster (OP) was collecting funds for a beloved manager who was facing some severe medical issues.
OP sent out an email, posted notes on their work message board, and mentioned it in a big meeting to ensure that everyone knew about the collection.
The Donations Started Coming
Everyone seemed keen to contribute, and the donations started pouring in.
OP made sure to collect the names of everyone who donated to get them to sign the card later.
This Woman Was a Bad Apple
However, there was one coworker, Lori, who made a bit of a show of saying that she would contribute later when she had the cash available.
It was odd because many people do not carry cash, and she did not have to make a big deal out of it.
He Wasn’t Going to Force Her
OP thought that these types of things were never significant amounts of money, and he knew that Lori certainly had plenty of it.
But if she did not want to contribute, OP was not going to force her.
A Reminder Was Sent Out
A few weeks before OP needed to buy the gift, he sent out an email to everyone, letting them know they could contribute if they wanted to.
A week before the purchase, he sent out one final reminder.
They Put It to the Vote
In the next meeting, he informed everyone that he would be buying the gift that weekend and would send out a few options for people to vote on.
Everyone who had contributed was eligible to vote.
She Did What?!
To OP’s surprise, Lori started telling everyone in the room what to buy, even though she had not put any money in!
OP recalls Lori saying something about buying a gift for his wife as well – he just thinks that she talked so that she could hear herself speak.
He Was Taken Aback
This shocked OP – a few employees knew their manager well, and she was not one of them.
But Had Had to Go Along With It
Her suggestions were awful and not suitable for the occasion, but OP reluctantly agreed to put her suggestion on the list of choices and sent it out to everyone who had donated.
When OP bought the gift and card and passed it around with the list of names, there was a holdup; someone had held onto it, so he had to track it down to get it moving again.
She Must Be Joking!
He found it, and it was then that he saw something that infuriated him.
Lori had added not only her name but also a message that took up a lot of space on the card.
She Should Have Signed the Other Card
OP was honestly taken aback by Lori’s audacity.
What made the situation even more absurd was that the company had already prepared a card, which everyone had signed!
A Low Move
All Lori had to do was not sign the card that was specifically for the gift – not a hard ask!
No one was forcing anyone to contribute, but to take credit for other people’s generosity was just low.
So OP did something petty but incredibly satisfying.
He went and bought a new card, got everyone, apart from Lori, to re-sign it, and took it around to everyone else without her knowledge.
He Wishes He Could Have Seen Her Face
In the end, they presented the gift in a big meeting on the manager’s first full day back.
He opened the card in front of everyone, and OP wished he could have seen Lori’s face when she realized it was not the one she had signed.
They Should Complain About Her!
Apparently, Lori had planned to file an official complaint, but other colleagues told her to drop it.
He Was Shook
OP could not believe how someone could act that way, especially in a workplace that expects people to act professionally!
He believed that it was essential to appreciate people who have had an impact on our lives and show them that we care.
He was grateful for the generosity of his coworkers, but he could not help but feel disappointed by Lori’s behavior.
He Learnt an Important Lesson
In the end, OP learned an important lesson. Sometimes, even when you have the best intentions, some people will try to take advantage of your generosity.
But that should not stop you from doing the right thing and showing kindness to others.
What did Reddit Think?
Reddit users loved this guy’s story. They thought he was a great guy for organizing the collection, and that he seems like the kind of guy that would be a great addition to any workplace!
One Reddit user said, “I think it’s so sweet and amazing that you were able to put all that together, and kudos to you for making sure only those who actually helped out got to sign! Boo Lori!!”
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