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The Honor Of Being Appreciated Will Cost You $3.00

I have been a fan of the site for a while, but have never submitted anything.  Today I received something that I just had to submit.

Today I looked over in my inbox at work to see a half sheet of white paper with brightly colored pictures of flowers.  I will quote the text for you.

Spring Fling Appreciation Luncheon
Tuesday, March 30th
11:30am Mandatory Meeting
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch
Free drinks and dessert
Pizza: $3

Roses are red, violets are blue, a spring lunch
To say, “we are thankful for all that you do!!”

Please RSVP by returning this slip with $3 to *name withheld* by 03/26/10
I, _____________________________, want to be appreciated with a lunch on 03/30/10!!

I think I will appreciate myself into bringing a bag lunch that day…    0311-10
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  • PinkPenguin March 16, 2010, 9:12 am

    And this “honor” is tacked on to a mandatory meeting, to boot.

  • phoenix March 16, 2010, 9:44 am

    It may just be me, but I think even worse than charging people to be appreciated is having a 15 minute “mandatory meeting” then a 45 minute lunch as part of it. Is the meeting mandatory if you don’t pony up $3? I also get the impression that you have to go to the meeting, are allowed soda and cake, but not pizza unless you pay. Which lucky appreciated person will be manning the pizza table and checking ID to see if you deserve a slice?

  • ladycrim March 16, 2010, 11:48 am

    If I didn’t know better, I could swear this came from my office. It absolutely sounds like something they would do. “We appreciate you! … Now pay up.”

  • andi March 16, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Wow. I’m speachless. At my old job i organized a lot of luncheons for my group or special events – the group lunches were often potluck but the special events were always paid for by the company – even if it was sandwhich platters.

    I think you should RSVP with “i think real appreciation would be a paid for lunch” – but i’m feeling snarky right now

  • Allison March 16, 2010, 12:19 pm

    I would brown bag it that day too. This reminds me of something my high school used to do every year. It was called “The Lover’s Feast” and it was a special luncheon for students done in a renaissance style. It had entertainment and lavish decorations, and from what I heard it was quite the experience. The catch to attentd was that you had to maintain a certain grade point average. Now I don’t think that’s terrible, that was a requirement for things like the concert choir and sports. It was the way they advertised it and bascially would kick your butt out of the cafeteria that afternoon if your name wasn’t on the list. A lot of students compared it to prom and homecoming, that all you had to do to go to those events was buy a ticket and act appropriately. As a student who herself struggled with getting good grades it felt like they were saying your weren’t good enough. As a college student I have a 4.0 and get straight A’s; but this time around I don’t attend classes with nearly 50 students and have teachers who care.

    On this issue I love how it’s a mandatory celebration that you have to help fund.

  • Ticia March 16, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Well… at least the drinks and dessert are free!

  • N Harper March 16, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Miss Manners and Dear Prudie all denounce the current trend of people asking guests to pay part of most of the cost of an event. My parents received an invitation to a wedding with a cover charge of $50 per person. Sigh!

    Here’s a reply back.

    My face is red, U.S. dollar bills are green
    Stop asking for people to pay for your party cuz it’s very mean.

  • Anon March 16, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Okay, so I may have been the person that submitted this delightful invitation, hence the thrilling name. I can tell you, confidentially, that the manditory 15 minute meeting is because most of the employee’s have a 45 minute lunch and so they have this ‘meeting’ to flesh out the lunch to a full hour. That is actually something that they have always done. It allows the employees to have the full hour and still get paid for an 8 hour shift. They spend the first five minutes giving speeches and telling us that they love us so that they actually can say there is a meeting, and then they let us have the remaining time to socialize. We handle cases so we are on the phone a lot and don’t socialize as an office much so it is usually akward.

    The thing is, in the past they have cooked Chili or something like that, this is the first time that they have asked us to pay for lunch. I would not have minded an invitation to the dessert and soda part of it, with an option for pizza, but they pretty much told you that they don’t appreciate you until you pay $3. I guess I am easily amused because the way they worded it had me laughing all day.

  • ZHall March 16, 2010, 3:43 pm

    Is there a way of attending the 15-minute mandatory meeting, then leaving, without being considered rude? Seems like a set-up.

  • Funky March 16, 2010, 6:57 pm

    I wonder if anyone’s head would pop if you sent your RSVP in with “I’d love to come, but will not be paying $3 nor partaking of the pizza”. That’s what I’d do, since I hate pizza and wouldn’t eat it even if it was free.

  • PrincessSimmi March 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I had to read this three times before it all got processed.

    Firstly, if you can’t afford to feed everyone, don’t feed anyone. Secondly, who the hell hits up their employees/co-workers for $3.00? Thirdly, I’m not sure about overseas, but over here $3 for pizza only buys you about 2 slices. I can eat a whole family pizza on my own, and I’m average-sized. I’d be bringing my own lunch so I wouldn’t go hungry.

    I have no problem with my department having an ‘international’ lunch where everybody brings a dish from their home country, or if we all go out to lunch we each pay for our own meals (pub food, pretty cheap). When someone has a birthday or leaves, we have a lunch and each pay an extra $2-3 to cover their meal. At the end of the day, it pretty much evens out.

    But this… well, this seems a bit iffy or ‘hinky’ to me. Do you get a refund if you’re not there on the day? How do you stop people who haven’t paid from joining in?

  • ferretrick March 17, 2010, 7:22 am

    Another thought-if this is truly a mandatory meeting, and the time is unpaid for non-exempt (hourly, basicly) employees, that is patently illegal. Also, if paying the $3 is compulsory, that would violate the law for anyone working at minimum wage.

  • Esley March 17, 2010, 7:09 pm

    Or another version of a poemed reply:

    Dear Lunch Organizer, Thanks for the offer of food.
    But to ask the “appreciated’ attendees to pay is so, so rude.

  • TylerBelle March 21, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is hilarious. For me it reads more as an incentive to get people to the meeting than having a luncheon of appreciation, which does seem to be tacked on as an afterthought. I’d be tempted to contact the organizers and tell them since the appreciatees are footing the food bill, I want to go ‘whole hog’ so I’m sending you $20 and you go get me a steak and baked potato meal, preferably ribeye cut, thanks so much, y’all are peaches.

  • chilly March 30, 2010, 9:29 am

    Ugh, reminds me of the email I received once to invite me to a “leaders appreciation lunch” for my old church… followed by a paragraph along the lines of, oh, and could you please ask your bible study group to do the catering? *sigh*

  • Ash April 8, 2010, 1:19 pm

    Sounds so much like my last job! Only the paying up wasn’t for parties, we were forced to donate money to myriads of things- or they would have just been deducted from the paycheck anyways. Glad I left there!

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