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Life...in general / How to give a used gift
« Last post by daisies on Today at 10:49:50 AM »
My older brother and his wife are having their first child, yay! They are having a baby shower later this year.

I'm planning on buying something nice from their registry, but in addition to that, I also want to gift a used baby playmat that I found for only $5 at a thrift store. It is one of those playmats that have attached legs which you lock into place with toys that dangle over the baby as he lays on his back.

It is in excellent condition and looks brand new. But it's large and is a very awkward shape and is obviously used since it doesn't have it's original box or any other kind of packaging.

I normally wouldn't care about giving a used gift because most people in my life are also thrifting lovers like me, but my brother and his wife make around $250k combined (in the Midwest), live in a rich neighborhood, and prefer the finer things in life.

How can I present this large, awkwardly shaped, and obviously used gift so that it's not awkward to open in front of a wealthy crowd at a baby shower? Or should I just not?

FWIW, I don't have anyone else in my life to give the gift to.

Here is what the playmat looks like. It's about 3-4 feet long - https://target.scene7.com/is/image/Target/5996eeeab3768d00012e413814300791_Vid01

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pet peeves at work
« Last post by rose red on Today at 10:43:21 AM »
When people leave wet balls of paper towels in the lunchroom sink. The garbage can is *right there!* Nobody else is going to re-use your old towels. Yuck!
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A sincere thank you to everyone! I truly appreciate your input and am feeling much more confident about the party!

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At a fast food restaurant, I noticed a (rather prominent, marker drawn) sign taped to a door frame leading to the kitchen. They should have posted it in the back, because I could see from the counter that it said "Closing from Wednesday night was NASTY!" And it mentioned all the gross, unsanitary things the employees didn't do properly. I don't want to eat at that location again  :-X
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Showing up in person will either get you sent home or shown to a computer to fill out an application.

I tried to tell my MIL that when my daughters were looking for jobs; she refused to believe me.  Not only that, but she kept saying that my daughters should try all the stores in a mall that was at least 40 minutes away from our house - um, no thanks.  Both girls eventually found jobs that were 5 or 10 minutes from the house.
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Humor Me! / Re: Weird Google Searches
« Last post by mime on Today at 10:00:37 AM »
Years ago there was a new regulation in draft stages that affected some modeling calculations I did at work, and I was trying to find an exposure draft online. The regulations are numbered with roman numerals, and this was regulation 30.

Imagine googling combinations of "XXX," "Model," and "Exposure." At work.

It was reported to my boss and her boss (department SVP). They knew what I was trying to do, and they both thought it was hilarious.

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I too usually want to strip it to be helpful. But I do ask, and most often, people say to leave them. I always assumed they were just being polite, and I didn't want to get into one of those polite arguments ("oh no, it's no trouble, I can do it" - "oh no, no, just leave them, I'll do them later" and on and on) so I just say okay and leave them do as they wish. I never thought about the various reasons why they might want them left, you all have shown me why they may do that now.
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Just ask?!?!?!

That doesn't always work, either.  After years of making the bed the morning we were leaving (as my mother taught me to do), I finally asked my MIL which she preferred.  Her answer was, "I always wash everything after someone stays." 

I continue to make the bed in the morning since DH could not interpret that either.  It was a typical (for her) non-answer that leaves her something to grumble about no matter what you do. 

I also just asked that question of my aunt after staying a few days in her quest room.  She told me to leave the sheets on because she had a lot going on and my mother and uncle were still there for a few days.  She'd just take care of it all once everyone left.  If it matters, I'm sure the sheets were clean, as I helped her put them on prior to going to bed my first night there.
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I have a few more:

Potential employees:

I'm not sure if I posted about this before but in the past six or so months my company has had two people who applied for a position online just show up at the office uninvited and unannounced. It was so weird and uncomfortable for the Office Manager and the Hiring Manager because they had to politely tell them to leave in a professional way. Both were recent college grads who were well-dressed, and didn't seem to grasp that it is not appropriate to show up at a company and expect an impromptu meeting.


Ah, the "gumption" job hunting tactic. This was widely touted a few decades ago--Show them you are really serious! Get out there and go to the company and ask for the job!

These days, parents that remember this from their job hunting days are telling their kids to do this.

We responded to a cold-emailed resume by telling him we had no jobs available. He replied that he wanted to come to meet with us anyway. We said no. He phoned and was quite insistent about dropping by our office. We said no again.

A couple of days later, we got a call from a very confused woman at a bank who had an upset young man standing in front of her demanding that she call us so we could explain why he couldn't find our office.

Well, that's because our public address is our mail drop which is in the same strip mall as the bank. The answer is still no.

This tactic did achieve one goal, though: I still remember his name several years later.

Yeah, and I remember the name Pripyat, but I wouldn't book a vacation there.
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I have a few more:

Potential employees:

I'm not sure if I posted about this before but in the past six or so months my company has had two people who applied for a position online just show up at the office uninvited and unannounced. It was so weird and uncomfortable for the Office Manager and the Hiring Manager because they had to politely tell them to leave in a professional way. Both were recent college grads who were well-dressed, and didn't seem to grasp that it is not appropriate to show up at a company and expect an impromptu meeting.


Ah, the "gumption" job hunting tactic. This was widely touted a few decades ago--Show them you are really serious! Get out there and go to the company and ask for the job!

These days, parents that remember this from their job hunting days are telling their kids to do this.

We responded to a cold-emailed resume by telling him we had no jobs available. He replied that he wanted to come to meet with us anyway. We said no. He phoned and was quite insistent about dropping by our office. We said no again.

A couple of days later, we got a call from a very confused woman at a bank who had an upset young man standing in front of her demanding that she call us so we could explain why he couldn't find our office.

Well, that's because our public address is our mail drop which is in the same strip mall as the bank. The answer is still no.

This tactic did achieve one goal, though: I still remember his name several years later.
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