Let me start by saying, this is amateur hour compared to some of the atrocities I’ve seen on this site. None the less, it miffed me.We had a baby shower for a coworker this week. These are not her first children (she is having twins) but she didn’t work here when her first was born, and she is having twins, so a shower seemed reasonable.
She mostly needed diapers and extra bottles, so we all chipped in and made some bulk purchases of those kinds of necessities. We ordered sandwiches, and then most people made a side dish or dessert.
One woman made tomato salad, from tomatoes she’d grown. Another woman, who was traveling on business that day and could not attend, baked cookies and dropped them off at the office pre-dawn, and then caught her flight. I had had a particularly exhausting week, but had agreed to make cupcakes, so I dragged myself home from work and did so the night before the shower. Several others who contributed no doubt had their own lives to deal with as well.
The shower was on Friday. The following Monday, we received a mass email thank you.
The worst part of this, to me is the following. I griped to a friend (not a co-worker, who knows no one involved but me) about how rude I found the email. She saw nothing amiss! Her response was essentially that no one sends thank yous anymore, so what’s the big deal? 09-09-08