- Ms. Sapphire
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
I’m so annoyed right now and really can’t bear to keep it to myself but definitely don’t want to talk smack to anyone in the office, so I decided the WB Not Wedding Related boards was the perfect place to vent!
I have a coworker (Let’s call her S) who is just SO CHEAP! I’m not talking frugal or thrifty (as in money conscious, likes to save, etc.)…just so selfishly cheap sometimes. I asked her and another coworker if they would like to go in on a gift for our manager – a manager who constantly buys us little gifts, takes us out to lunch (on her dime), so on and so forth. When we go out to eat with said manager, S will order appetizers, entrees, dessert, specialty drinks, etc., since she knows she won’t be paying for it. Manager is the same age as S and does not make that much more money, but is a generous person by nature. After we agreed to get the manager a giftcard, S suggested no more than $20 – I wanted to make it an even $100 giftcard but I know everyone has a budget, especially around the holidays, so I agreed to $20 and hence the $60 giftcard was purchased.
Well, the other coworker and I happened to talk and we both agreed that we’d like to gift something a little more substantial. That coworker also said she wanted to give a larger amount but since S decided on $20, she couldn’t. So we agreed to get an additional giftcard at the same store. I decided to ask S if she’d like to participate (just to be polite) and she looked displeased by it, but surprisingly agreed to increase the gc to $100. So that would be about an additional $14 per person. I approached the 2 of them today and asked if they were okay with giving $14 more so I can add it to the giftcard. Well, S rolled her eyes, moved her head back, and said “No. I’m okay with $10 but $14 is too much. I have other gifts I need to buy.” With immense attitude. Um…didn’t SHE agree to this? I ASKED her if she wanted to contribute more, definitely not mandatory. And she just mentioned the other day that she’s been buying so much stuff for herself and not for anyone else that she’s had to hide her shopping bags from friends who come by so they won’t know – since she tells everyone in the world that she has no money, yet buys countless pairs of shoes a month. She also told the whole office how my boss gifted all of us something that is $17 in stores (now on sale) and how that is so ridiculously cheap.
So after this conversation I left for lunch super peeved. As I was waiting for the elevator, I heard S say something about not being made of money, and the other coworker AGREED and added that she didn’t want to spend that much. While I was at lunch, S texted me and told me to take my time since the 2 of them went to lunch together (the plan was to go get the additional gc when I got back from a short lunch). So I’m here at the office and I see a printout on the printer near S’s desk for a Coach store 30% off coupon in her name. Ugh. I can’t vent to anyone since the entire office LOVES her and thinks she’s just SO funny.
When they get back from lunch, I am planning on saying this: “I’m getting the feeling that I imposed this additional gift on the both of you so let’s just cancel that idea and give her the giftcard we originally bought.”
What do you think?
Have any of you had to deal with scrooges this holiday season?