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Money tension at work

March 10th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

So today we ordered McDonalds. It started with one woman saying she would pay for McGriddles (which I don't like), so I pulled out the only money I had - a $5 - and asked them to get me a hashbrown.

Well, it was a short day for me today. So by the time they got back with the breakfast it was almost time for me to leave. I asked about my change and was told "we're working on it". I asked about it again and was told "oh, someone else is doing that". Then I *HAD* to go so I figured out who had the change and handed her a note to just put my change in my drawer. She gave me a nasty look and said "I have no idea what you mean."

Okay, look, I'm not paying $5 for a McDonald's hashbrown.

I picked up the kids and remembered something I hadn't gotten to, so we went back to the office to take care of that fax. While there, I tried to tell the woman what I meant and she didn't believe me. "You did what? I don't have time for this, if you want your money, here just take this $5."

So, now I'm made to look like a cheapskate just because I wanted my change. I know the office politics and I know they are now there talking about how cheap I am.

It's time to do some baking and take something in.

8 Responses to “Money tension at work”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I know what you mean, people at my work can be just the same. Right now, my manager wants to set up a birthday club for everyone. However, you don't get a gift until everyone puts their money in. When you think about it, it's like paying for your own present.

    I don't blame you, how hard is it to give someone their change? They should have got it sorted out straight away. Also they should have hurried up back with your breakfast, they must have known that you were only in for a while.

  2. cercis Says:

    Well, they might not have known. There's a lot of resentment that I am parttime, even though I get paid parttime pay. So, if I need something special, I try very hard to keep it quiet. I mean, I'm making up the time working full time next week (and have worked full time two days already this month), but they don't see that.

  3. LittleGopher Says:

    I work part time too. I think some assume, because I work part time, that my family must be wealthy in some way. We are very rich in family and in putting family first, but not as much in money. I'd be right there with you in not wanting to pay $5 for McD's hashbrowns - they're good, but not that good! Hope you get your change back!

  4. baselle Says:

    Geez, and McGriddles are a total waste of 5$. Bleech!

  5. Scott Says:

    I want to avoid the issue of who pays what at lunch time, so I *always* bring in my own lunch. Of course its cheaper too. Too often if I go out for a luch they expect eveyone to pay the same, so I end up subsidizing others extravagant meals. So now I only go if it is really an important event. Anyway, back to your post, make your own meals and take them to work!

  6. flash Says:

    I know what you mean. Trying to be part of the team, join in the breakfast, fit in, office politics are hideous.

    Can't offer much wisdom. Can tell you that it's even worse when you are or at least another manager, and you are somehow EXPECTED to soak up all those costs. Do you get the two-incomes so you can afford it, or you chose to be part time so it's not their problem?

    I can say, hang in there. At the end of the day, you'll be wealthy and retired and FAR AWAY from them, and they'll still be poor petty people!

  7. kristina moffitt Says:

    oh i so agree. $5 for a hask brown is ridiculous. We have someone at work that when we go on fridays he would wait until everyone else paid and then ask, what do you need? When i noticed this i began making sure that i got the bill instead of any one else and when he asked, i just said well you had xxx and xxx and drank xxx plus tip i need xxx. He still does not get the message but at least he is paying his fair share.

    They should have just given you the change!

  8. Kay Says:

    Can i suggest something cercis? I noticed this politics going on in many places - office, even with some acquaintainces (whom I had to interact anyway)... If I paid for the whole thing and then collected money from then, it was even a bigger pain.. So, I just allow somebody to pay the bill and then goto his/her desk and give my share of the money+ tax $1 (or 2 or more depending on the place and food ordered).. if they left a tip, I added a bit for that too. This worked fine for me...

    If you had your own drawer at your work, maybe you can have some mcirowaveable oats/something else or cereal etc.. Add a fruit to that, a frugal healthy breakfast. IF someone asks, you can just say 'you are dieting!'

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