(Closed) Strange things at work…

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I’m not religious and don’t believe the devil will steal your soul when you sneeze, so I don’t say bless you, ever. *shrugs* 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I yell (jokingly) at people when they don’t bless me after sneezing. Hah! I say “Do you want me to die of the bubonic plague?????”. 

Some people don’t do it, but it’s a weird pet peeze of mine. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

Sunshine09 :  I have had the WEIRDEST coworkers. 

One couldn’t pronounce “passport” no matter how many times we corrected her. No big deal right? Except that we worked at a travel agency. I heard her say “Pass-a-port-e” at least 50 times a day. 

At one point I worked a swing shift with just one other lady. We obviously would talk to each other and stuff but never spoke outside of work or anything. Well… I guess she thought talking during work hours made us BFF because one night she went to get starbucks and asked if I wanted anything. I wrote down my order (which was kind of annoyingly specific and included soy milk). She went to the Starbucks where my actual very good friend worked. When she placed the order my friend said they were out of soy. Coworker got all flustered, friend looked at her name tag and said “Oh, is this for Mexipino? She’ll be fine with non-fat milk.” Coworker came back all flustered and was like “Someone who claims to be your FRIEND said it would be ok…” and was highly annoyed when I said that she was in fact my friend and we’d been friends for a decade. Same coworker also invited herself on a cruise with my friends. So. Weird. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sunshine09 :  We always say it here. Remember the Jerry Seinfeld episode where they thought they should replace “God bless you” with “You’re soooo good lookin'”? Sometimes I want to say that, but I just say it in my head. LOL!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I don’t think ‘the devil’ had much to do with manners. “Bless you” is just polite. It’s modern etiquette. If it’s the norm where you live OP then yeah it would be odd. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve never said ‘bless you’ to someone how has sneezed… My mom always taught us that, that what from when people died of the plague and a sneeze was the first sign.  We have never said it in our family.  I find it uncomfortable when people do, to be completely honest.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Sunshine09 :  I never say bless you. I’m an atheist and it feels disingenuous. If you’re lucky, you might get a gesundheit, mostly I just say nothing. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

UK-bee :  But those are the origins of the saying, to prevent the devil from stealing your soul when you sneeze, or later on to protect you from the plague. I was joking around of course, I know it’s meant as a polite saying in modern day, but it does have religious meaning and I’m uncomfortable saying it personally. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

Sunshine09 :  I would feel that is weird. I mean if they aren’t religious they could say Gazundeit! I get weird looks when I say that too though, so perhaps it’s a European thing? We always say it in our family. So perhaps it’s fallen out of favor or fashion?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Sunshine09 :  I refuse to say bless you, I dont know why. I just hate saying it. It’s equally as awkward when someone blesses me and I have to say ‘thank you’. Can everyone just agree to not bless eachother ever again? lol 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

NO ONE at my work says “bless you” or any variation of that when I sneeze. It’s weird because strangers on the train say it to me, but not my coworkers! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I sneeze so frequently that my coworker taped a piece of paper saying “BLESS YOU” to my cubical, where it still hangs today. Haha. I wouldn’t take it personally.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

It’s like a 50/50 split between people who say bless you and people who don’t at my office. Honestly, I feel like it’s a distraction– if somone sneezes, fine, no big deal, but why break my concentration by stopping to have the bless you/thank you exchange? Not saying it doesn’t hurt anyone. I also just feel weird saying it to strangers in general, and while my coworkers and I are all friendly, we certainly aren’t friends– more like good acquaintances.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

I never knew so many people were against saying “bless you”.

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