This just happened today and I had to submit it. I’m still trying to retrieve my jaw from the floor.
My workplace hosted a charity morning tea. The idea is that everyone comes in with a plate of baked goodies, chats and makes a monetary donation to charity. The idea is that you pay to partake in the food. It’s pretty straight forward and most people have a good time.
The party got started early at 8am. At 8:15 one of the board members comes down with a plate. She stayed for ten minutes and then left (usually people stay for about 30 mins – hr to chat over a cup of tea). At 9:30am she sent down her PA to pick up a plate of food for a meeting that the board was holding. There was no request, the PA just came and took it with an “I’ve been sent down to pick up the food”.
The kicker was that the tea finished at 12, so it wasn’t even leftovers. The board member did give a donation, but take-away isn’t really part of the deal. We basically provided free catering for their meeting. I’m willing to let her PA off the hook – it was obvious she thought this was pre-arranged – but can we consign the board member to a nice spit deep in the fires of etiquette hell? 0525-17
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