Friday, January 8, 2016

Crude-ité ?

So it's a brand new year and good riddance to 2015. Last year was, in many ways, a bust. But this year will be different! (It kind of has to, but I digress.)

So my colleague (Confessions of a Techno Peasant) and I decided that we would start blogging again. My inspiration for this blog has always been to write about funny/crazy/bizarre incidents at work and the start of 2016 did not disappoint!

In order to protect the identities of the guilty, we decided that we would post incidents on one another's blogs. So first day back, my friend is talking to one of our recent hires, chatting about respective Christmas vacations. My friend is commiserating with our colleague about a problem he is having when he suddenly blurts out (with a huge smile on his face) "You seem to have gained a lot of weight!". The inanity of it made it difficult for my friend to keep from laughing out loud but, really, what is the right thing to do here? The "gentleman" she was talking to has been in Canada for less than a year, hailing from India. Should my friend have tactfully tried to point out to him that these sorts of comments (especially to someone you barely know) are culturally frowned upon here? Or was her grin-and-bear-it attitude the way to go?

Cheers, everyone!

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