I wonder if posting in this thread has jinxed me
I had this exchange with a coworker just now.
Situation: Candy jar had only about 6 lollies left in the bottom - so I refilled. Coworker (CW) who sits right behind me had gotten up and left his desk just before I refilled the candy jar. Upon his arrival back to his desk, this:
CW - Oh wow! Magic has happened! This jar is magic, it just keeps filling itself up, it never gets empty! (opens candy jar and takes lollies while talking)
ME - Yes, I don't like to let it get empty.
CW - You know that Fred (another coworker who was not present at the time) is always taking lollies from here. Every time I turn around I see him with his hand in the jar, taking lollies.
ME - I'm quite sure Fred gives far more lollies than he eats.
CW - Really? I don't think so. I mean, I don't keep count, but he seems to be always eating lollies.
ME - I don't actually count either, but I'm quite sure Fred gives more lollies than he eats.
CW - (while shoving lollies in his mouth) Well, I definitely eat more lollies than I give!
ME - silence.
Now, as I said in a previous post, I actually don't mind if I end up paying for all of the lollies in the jar. It was my idea and it's my candy jar and if I weren't prepared to keep the jar stocked, I wouldn't have it. I think it's actually a lovely thing that people donate lollies in a team spirited kind of way though and I accept it gratefully!
What CW doesn't realise is this. Last Friday afternoon, Fred came and insisted I take $20 from him to buy lollies over the weekend. I said, as I always do when somebody offers me money for lollies that there's no need for money and just to donate a bag now and then if you want to. Fred explained to me that, as a young single man who lives in the city he doesn't frequent grocery stores and the last couple of bags he had donated were bought from the vending machine here and they cost him $4 for just 150g of lollies, which I agree is really expensive. He said that he enjoys the candy jar and really wants me to take the money and buy the lollies for the next week with it. There was nobody else in the office at the time to overhear and I have a great relationship
with Fred, so I thanked him and took the money. With that money, I made sure to purchase a couple of bags of Fred's favourite candy as well as some of the usual mixed bags I always buy.
Of course, CW has no idea of this exchange and no idea that the very lollies he was stuffing into his mouth while criticising Fred were actually purchased with Fred's money as were all of the lollies which have been in the jar this entire week!!
As I said in my earlier post in this thread - the candy jar really gives you an interesting insight into people. To me, if I buy $20 of lollies out of my own pocket every single week then I say it's worth it to get this kind of insight into my coworkers!