In my country, January 6th is the day we celebrate the day the Wise Men from the East arrived to see Jesus. As most of the population here is Catholic, almost everybody celebrates it. The tradition consists of having King’s cake, a large piece of bakery with white figurines inside it. It’s very common that in workplaces they also buy this bread for their employees.
So anyway, this story involves a certain co-worker, “A”, who is pretty much known for taking everything he can. For instance, if someone takes their own chips to the break room, where many of us go have lunch, he will extend his hand to the bag before he can finish saying, “Can I have some? Please?” It doesn’t matter if the owner has offered to share or not. There was another time when, after lunch, someone suggested we go for an ice-cream before we got back to work. He was quick to ask another (too kind-hearted to say no) co-worker to buy his ice-cream.
Now, “A” just recently changed his religion and is no longer Catholic. That, of course, is not the problem. Just yesterday at lunch he went on to say he had received a piece of the bread mentioned earlier from his mother, and he said he had declined to eat it, because of his new religion, and that he couldn’t have it anymore. By the time I was really surprised and suspicious he actually did that, being the way he is, but decided to give him the benefit of doubt. The day before he even commented that, even though he wouldn’t be buying any, the bread was very expensive.
Fast forward to today, January 6: As expected, the place where I work has a brief break to eat the traditional bread. Yep, you guessed it. “A” was there, not only having a cup of coffee but also grabbing a big, fat piece of the bread. And all of the people that have lunch in the break room and that had heard him like me were also there. More than being surprised that he would come and actually eat some (because I was kind of expecting it), what really amazes me is that he went as far as saying all those things (not going to eat because it’s not my religion anymore) just the day before in front of the 7 persons that usually have lunch in the break room. I was about to say something snarky to him when I saw him grab a piece, but I haven’t read your site in vain, so I bit my lip. Some people are just incredible in a bad way… 0106-12
This is a tempest in a tea pot. The King’s bread was provided to all employees by the employers and there was a break from the workday for all to partake of this treat. The “host” and therefore provider of the treat is the employer who has made it available to all employees so if the host does not have an issue with employees enjoying this treat, no one else should be taking issue with who comes into the break room to enjoy it. It would have been very ungracious to segregate employees by religion or any other criteria as not being invited to enjoy a company provided treat.
“A” may very well be a greedy gimme pig but in this instance, he’s merely enjoying some King’s bread like the rest of his fellow co-workers, courtesy of his boss.