It’s the Christmas tradition that sees office workers all over the world get into the festive spirit by buying something cheap and funny for their co-workers.
But one woman has taken the rules of Secret Santa to a whole new level, by Googling the price of the gift she received, only to find out that it was $20 below the $50 spending limit.
While many of us would just let it go (or not Google the price in the first place), the woman decided to text her co-worker, demanding he buy her another gift.
The man took to Reddit to post screenshots of their conversation, after the woman urged him to buy her and her kids a $120 Samsung tablet, because he’s an engineer and ‘makes quite a bit more’ than she does.
In the texts, the woman started by saying: “I know this is kinda awkward but the spending limit was $50 and I looked online and it seems that the blanket and chocolates only add up to about $30.
“Do you think it’s possible you could get me something else? My kids have been spending me up the wazoo.”
The man wrote back within minutes, claiming that was no problem and told the mum he could just give her $20 cash to buy her kids something nice.
However, she wasn’t happy with that and sent a link to a $120 Samsung tablet, claiming the man earns ‘quite a bit more’ than she does because he’s an engineer.
When the man wrote back telling the mum that was ‘a bit over the $50 spending limit’, she told him she would be happy to take the $150 cash instead.
“I understand you have kids but I also have things I need to pay for and unfortunately $120 for a co-worker is a bit out of my budget,” he wrote back.
Despite his fair argument, the woman just got more riled-up, calling him ‘disgusting’ and asking the man what he else he would be spending his money on, considering he doesn’t have kids.
“Lol forget it, thanks for the karma,” the man finished the message thread.
People on Reddit were quick to jump to the man’s defence, saying the mum crossed the line at the very beginning by Googling how much the gift was worth in the first place.
“She actually looked up what you got and totalled it. Really?! Like, come on. It’s an office exchange. $50 limit seems a bit high for that in the first place,” one person said.
“In my office we do £10. It’s getting the gift and wondering who got yours that is entertaining, not the gift itself, that is a bonus. Also secret remains secret as much as possible,” another person said.
Others told the man to bring the texts to HR or just take the original gifts off her.
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