Woman Gets Invited To Baby Shower With No Baby So Takes Her Gift Back
A woman who was invited to a baby shower for her co-worker’s daughter was shocked to discover there was no baby. The party was simply held to cheer up the depressed daughter who’d been going through a hard time. Now the woman wants to know if she’s an asshole for taking back her gift. What would you do?
Writing into Reddit, the woman explains how she had no idea the daughter wasn’t actually pregnant and was shocked to discover the real reason of the party once she arrived. Feeling totally pissed off and betrayed she decides to leave the party and take her gift with her.
Which is when things turned ugly. Her co-worker is now calling her ‘cheap’ to anyone who will listen and is even threatening to take her to HR for taking back the gifts? Think we’re joking? Seriously, we couldn’t make this shit up! Here’s her letter on Reddit:
I work at a popular clothing retailer, and I enjoy my job very much. My coworkers are great, customers are bare able, but one coworker (let’s call her Rhonda) has been making my work life a living hell recently. We have worked together for a couple of years now and things were great… I would even say we were work friends… she invited me to her daughters baby shower last month, and I agreed to go. What I didn’t know was this was not a regular baby shower… I arrived with a gift, and was talking to my other coworkers that were there, and we figured out none of us had met the daughter. Rhonda introduced her daughter to our little group, and I congratulated her, and thanked her for having us. She laughed and said something like “thank you, but I’m not pregnant quite yet” “but it’s always good to be prepared for when the time comes”. I was visibly confused which seemed to offend her. After she walked away from our group my coworker explained that Rhonda had told her when they arrived that this “isn’t a regular baby shower” and her daughter had been feeling down because quite a few of her friends had been pregnant. I asked the friends if they knew beforehand, but they said no, and that they were confused why they were asked to buy gifts, but decided not to make a big deal about it. I asked Rhonda why she wouldn’t tell us that it wasn’t a baby shower for a specific baby, and she explained “the physical invitations explained it was a party for her daughter to shower her with love”… well none of us coworkers got physical invitations. I asked Rhonda if I could take back my gift since I am not made of money, and I would prefer to get her daughter a gift when she was actually having a baby. Rhonda said that I would be rude to take a gift back after giving it, and that her daughter was going through a lot, and was looking forward to opening presents. I said I’m sorry, but I can’t do this. I took my gift and left. The daughter sent me hateful messages over Facebook including calling me a “disrespectful old b*tch” and a bad friend to Rhonda. I feel bad for storming off, and taking back the gift if it was going to cause this much grief, also I realized I grabbed a gift that was on top of mine that was from my coworker, and she said she wants me to bring it back to her and not give it to Rhonda and her daughter, but Rhonda found out and is threatening to go to HR if I don’t return the gifts, and buy something else off the registry (most the items on the registry aren’t even for babies) for the suffering I’ve caused. Am I an asshole for taking back a gift because I was lied to?
Understandably, commenters on Reddit said she definitely WASN’T the asshole and that the co-worker sounds batshit crazy!
“THIS. What did I just read?? Is this mother for real????? OP, yeah definitely update us about this and please stay away, far away, from these people. Unbelievable. NTA”
“Just when you thought you had built up a tolerance to the ordinary bat shit crazy out there along comes a new strain….and this certainly fits the bill on that.”
“Right? Wtf is a baby shower without a baby… she just wants free shit for no reason?”
“Imagine how desperate for attention one has to be to have a pity party with your mum’s coworkers. Does daughter have zero friends?”
What do you think? Would you have taken back the baby shower gift?