Comments on: the bootleg CDs, the rare books department, and other stories of holiday mayhem https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:47:34 +0000 hourly 1 By: But For The Grace https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3659191 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:47:34 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3659191 In reply to Dr Sarah.

Oh my god I hadn’t even thought of that, especially as something we laugh at every year. I vicariously want to be swallowed into the floor just thinking about that.

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By: But For The Grace https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3659188 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:45:18 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3659188 In reply to But For The Grace.

Thank you everyone <3 I was a little worried about getting wailed on here, and the support is appreciated.

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By: IndustriousLabRat https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3659093 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:55:15 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3659093 In reply to Kal.

“responsible foragers are exceptionally happy to talk about all of the details about how and often where they foraged the specific mushrooms”

^^^^This!!! ^^^^ I’m a mushroom forager and still won’t eat other experienced foragers’ finds without grilling them first (the forager, not the mushroom; though the latter can often also be grilled to lovely effect). This is because edibility can vary from person to person and can depend upon the growth substrate. The example that comes to mind is one of my favorite mushrooms around here (New England), orange chicken-of-the-woods, a large and delicious tree-shelf mushroom with no lookalikes, and which makes me REALLY sick to my stomach if it grew on pine. So if someone brought undisclosed wild fungi to a potluck, I’d be miffed, at the very least.

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By: Autumnheart https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3658868 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 19:37:27 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3658868 In reply to La Triviata.

They didn’t know she was about to give birth?! Very pregnant cats look like bowling balls with ears.

Better safe than sorry though.

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By: DJ Abbott https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3658846 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 18:48:59 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3658846 In reply to DJ Abbott.

*unless

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By: DJ Abbott https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3658845 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 18:48:25 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3658845 In reply to Metadata minion.

Late to this thread, but I just want to say there are a lot of people who think they know what they’re doing when they actually do not. I would not trust anyone who says they know what they’re doing with poisonous substances and less I had seen them work and understand it well enough to be sure they actually do.

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By: Generic Elf https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3658030 Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:24:50 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3658030 Unless I am misinterpreting it, number 1 seems really serious and it bothers me. Not just because of the inappropriate touching (bad enough!) but…was the drunk co-worker trying to inject the OP with a drug? I would be super pissed off about that.

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By: Kal https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3658027 Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:00:18 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3658027 In reply to marvin the paranoid android.

In my experience, responsible foragers are exceptionally happy to talk about all of the details about how and often where they foraged the specific mushrooms in a given dish, and will make sure people are aware before anyone eats it. If someone doesn’t tell anyone that the mushrooms were foraged before it was eaten then I don’t trust them to be a safe, responsible forager.

Even aside from the specific dangers of mushroom foraging, ingredients really should be disclaimed when it comes to potlucks. When my partner brings even something as simple as chocolate chip cookies to work events, they always have a written label with potential allergens and such, as well as a label that my partner is the one who made it, so anyone who is concerned about the conditions they were prepared in can ask about it. Its not really that much work.

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By: Candace https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657978 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 21:22:01 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657978 In reply to The Smiling Pug.

Yes! Had the same response, and am SO glad my staff are basically sane, and that we usually hold the annual holiday party after Christmas, since everyone is holiday-partied out by then, as there are usually a few dozen get-togethers on my campus. We have a quiet get together in mid-January, kind of themed as “Hey, we made it through another year!” It’s been harder lately – a beloved long time staff member died of cancer just before Christmas last year, and several people have lost family and friends to COVID -so no one feels totally celebratory. Hence, the quiet parties. No alcohol is allowed on our campus at all, except for specific licensed events, and staff parties don’t count. So at least no one is drunk.

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By: Andrea https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657540 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:45:09 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657540 At one of our corporate mining company parties two people got so drunk the administrator had to book a hotel room for them. They promptly threw up all over the bed.

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By: Dr Sarah https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657513 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:10:43 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657513 ‘Our fall potluck was simultaneously ‘sports jersey,’ ‘Halloween,’ and ‘Richard Nixon’-themed…’

Does anyone else now have the urge to design a sports jersey with a picture of Nixon as the Pumpkin King?

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By: Dr Sarah https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657512 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:06:22 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657512 In reply to Artemesia.

Since it’s being presented as a comedy and not a tragedy, I assume that in fact all the mushrooms were OK. However… my goodness, it would have been terrifying at the time.

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By: Dr Sarah https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657508 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:00:45 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657508 In reply to But For The Grace.

You know, that’s a good point… and this also sounds like a really recognisable story if the boss in question ever comes across it. Imagine going through something that horribly embarrassing and then knowing the story was forever online.

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By: Avery https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657485 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:51:01 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657485 In reply to PT.

But then how would she make sure EVERYBODY at work knew exactly how long it would be until Christmas?????

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By: Artemesia https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657483 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:45:43 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657483 In reply to PeanutButter.

ah yeah my biases showing. I have been around high school and college sports programs where the cheerleaders or pom pom girls have to do elaborate goodies for the varsity team. Totally missed that this was softball and the second team honoring the first team — so I’m just wrong on this one.

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By: TardyTardis https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657473 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:01:54 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657473 In reply to MP.

Our accounting section had an open bar *once*. Nothing flashy at the party, and yet the first DUI was at 8:30 pm despite the presence of taxis laid on for the Temporarily Bewildered. Oops.

Though even the ticket system can be manipulated, because you can always talk a co-worker who doesn’t drink out of there, and some would be left on tables as guests left for the evening.

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By: BeenThere https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657423 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 02:33:24 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657423 In reply to Artemesia.

Every couple of years a few folks die from eating death cap mushrooms foraged in my home country unfortunately these look very similar to straw mushrooms. It’s always sad because it’s usually folks that have migrated to the country within recent years and you can imagine them being homesick for certain dishes.

If someone fed me foraged mushrooms without my permission I would never speak with them again. I couldn’t imagine that would ever be acceptable.

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By: Jipurugi Law Firm https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657369 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 23:46:52 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657369 In reply to Artemesia.

#3 Exeter, right?

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By: EmKay https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657077 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:53:24 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657077 In reply to SimplytheBest.

Irresponsibly foraged mushrooms will kill me. Your backyard carrots & chickens won’t.

How is that the same?

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By: marvin the paranoid android https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3657030 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 15:57:08 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3657030 In reply to SimplytheBest.

No, I think foraged mushrooms are actually a whole different deal. Mushroom identification is really, really difficult and the consequences for screwing up can be fatal. To be a good forager you absolutely need to have a strong sense of caution. I wouldn’t trust anyone who didn’t have the sense not to bring foraged mushrooms to a potluck.

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By: Beth Jacobs https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656973 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 14:03:57 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656973 In reply to Artemesia.

This is probably a cultural thing. Here in Eastern Europe kids start foraging for mushrooms with their family once they start walking and mushroom taxonomy is a part of the science school curriculum. I would have no qualms eating a casserole made by an experienced forager.

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By: SelinaKyle https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656957 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 13:41:55 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656957 In reply to EmmaPoet.

Came here to say the same. I would have found the dog within seconds of arriving. Then I would have stayed with dog all night stone colder sober. That dog would have been bored of me first.

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By: londonedit https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656938 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:51:32 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656938 In reply to MP.

Also publishing! These days actually drinking at work is pretty much not the norm anymore but most offices in publishing companies will have a few bottles of fizz and/or gin and/or wine lying around from the last end-of-day birthday drinks for someone. There’s a whole wine fridge where I work which is mainly used for book launches but also for any other events that might be happening. Work lunches always involve wine and so does the Christmas party (in normal times, we haven’t had one for two years now). I mean obviously there are people who don’t drink at these things and that’s not a problem, and it’s not like everyone gets wasted the whole time, but alcohol is definitely on the menu (helps that this is also Britain where alcohol is generally on the menu anyway).

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By: Suzuke https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656921 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:12:24 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656921 In reply to Usagi.

The person eating the rib off the floor was bad but can we talk about the person who DIDN’T CLEAN UP THE RIB THEY DROPPED??? Who just does that and walks away? Argh, I was howling!!!

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By: ceiswyn https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656916 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 11:51:01 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656916 In reply to Phony Genius.

But isn’t there a risk of the warm water just becoming more problem ice, if the temperatures are low enough?

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By: ceiswyn https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656915 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 11:49:43 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656915 In reply to WellRed.

How could this adult NOT have a dragon/dinosaur onesie, having discovered that such things exist?

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By: pandop https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656899 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:45:15 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656899 In reply to PumpkinSpice4Ever.

On a residential study-school for learner-librarians (as it were) we drank a student union bar dry of wine …

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By: Mongrel https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656897 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:27:57 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656897 In reply to Mushroom Party Anon.

And that still doesn’t make it right.

“Oh this thing that could have had consequences didn’t, therefore it was OK” is just gaslighting

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By: Mongrel https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656896 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:25:55 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656896 In reply to SimplytheBest.

How many of those have the potential to be poisonous if misidentified?
The mere fact that they’re homegrown would imply that they’re already curated before a potentially hapless co-worker gets their hands on them.

Bringing a dish of foraged anything means that you have to trust, with zero knowledge, that the person is competent enough in identifying what they’ve foraged and prepared it correctly rather than gotten enthusiastic after a weekend binge of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

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By: allathian https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656885 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:33:31 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656885 In reply to NotRealAnonForThis.

I drink coffee by the pot, or almost (6 cups a day is pretty standard), but half a can of Red Bull gives me palpitations. It’s the taurine that does it, so I don’t drink Red Bull. If I want an energy drink, I’ll have to check the contents, and I avoid those with taurine.

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By: Grizabella the Glamour Cat https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656884 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:31:58 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656884 In reply to Where’s the Orchestra?.

Oh, I’m sure that dog loved every minute of it, at least as much as the brusher did! 8-D

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By: allathian https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656878 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:09:07 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656878 In reply to laowai_gaijin.

Absolutely!

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By: allathian https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656877 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:08:09 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656877 In reply to Artemesia.

It really depends, but some mushrooms can be very dangerous. One of my dad’s coworkers ate poisonous mushrooms by accident and her kidneys failed. Luckily she got a transplant from her identical twin, but AFAIK she’s never eaten mushrooms since.

Foraging for berries and mushrooms is a traditional activity here. I went as a kid with my family, but haven’t done it as an adult. The number one rule is that you only pick mushrooms you can identify 100%. Chanterelles are easy.

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By: Dennis Feinstein https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656876 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 09:00:09 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656876 #9 For Christmas this year you’re all getting… copyright infringement!
Reminds me of a friend who used to get bootleg DVDs from coworkers.
She was a legal secretary…

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By: ceiswyn https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656868 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 07:38:51 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656868 In reply to thatjillgirl.

I tend to work in IT startups. I have had the CEO drape herself over me and tell me how much she loves me…

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By: Liz https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656865 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 07:22:04 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656865 In reply to But For The Grace.

Thank you for saying this. I agree, the context makes me feel sad rather than amused.

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656813 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:35:14 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656813 In reply to Cat Tree.

Or just dislike traditional Xmas decoration color schemes, lol!

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656812 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:33:51 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656812 In reply to anonymous73.

I’m totally materialistic, and I still don’t want 10 pieces of random cheap junk from a relative stranger.

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By: Aggretsuko https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656811 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:30:47 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656811 In reply to StellaBella.

LOL!

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656810 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:30:46 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656810 In reply to Annonikins.

*carry

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656808 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:28:46 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656808 In reply to CalypsoSummer.

@Calypso Summer I’d buy the cheapest box of holiday flavored hot cocoa or instant coffee packets and gift them 1 packet per day. LOL.

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656804 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:17:30 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656804 In reply to a.

I got a real kick out of that too!

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By: Annonikins https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656797 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:03:17 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656797 In reply to Lalaith.

LMFAO Does your FIL require a handcart to gaily all that chutzpah around?

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By: thatjillgirl https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656789 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 03:38:41 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656789 In reply to FrenchCusser.

I have been to several, but I’ve never encountered someone who didn’t have the self-awareness to realize that getting very drunk at a work event was probably not a good idea. I’ve seen some tipsy people, but never someone as drunk as what you hear in these stories. Most people practice a little restraint in front of the boss.

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By: Mushroom Party Anon https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/the-bootleg-cds-the-rare-books-department-and-other-stories-of-holiday-mayhem.html#comment-3656786 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 03:30:36 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=22788#comment-3656786 In reply to Liz T.

Yes, it was Stranger Things. It was probably 70% size and faces only, wrapped around the upper thigh.

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