(Closed) Halloween Costumes Possibly Got Us in Trouble at Work

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 61
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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valencia247 :  I personally don’t see much difference between mocking and mimicking and a quick google search of the definitions didn’t lead me to think otherwise.

It really doesn’t seem like you feel bad about this at all. Whether you had the intention, you still hurt someone’s feelings and apologised because HR got involved. Hopefully next year you can dress as a normal Halloween thing like a witch or a zombie rather than a coworker, a person with feelings who has possibly been teased about an attribute that you choose to mock. Sorry mimic. 

Post # 62
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Honestly, I know people who would have thought this was a funny idea and it would never occur to them that it could a bad idea. 

I do think it was a bad idea but not so malicious as some PP say. And while I would not have liked someone dressing like me, I think I could have found the humor and not been offended either. You are fortunate in how it was handled as I think your bosses probably understood it also was just thoughtless. I’m glad you all made it right and hopefully it’s a good lesson for everyone. 

Post # 64
1887 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve only seen dressing up as another person work out as a Halloween costume when everyone was good friends and it came from a genuine place of love. It sounds like none of you were even that close with your coworkers, so of course they bristled. One could argue that making a costume out of someone else’s appearance is inherently mocking. Not a great idea, all around.

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