Just recently, every time Kelli’s boss gets a bonus, he has been giving her gifts instead of money. She doesn't see any harm in this, because she would just spend her bonus money on things like this anyway. Besides, the gifts aren’t taxed and it’s like receiving more money. They’re a team and she’s not attracted to him at all--he’s a much older man and has been married for 45 years. All the gifts have been appropriate and have never crossed the line.
Drew really doesn’t like this. He thinks Kelli makes excuses for her boss by saying that he’s just trying to be nice by giving her gifts instead of cash. It’s getting to be beyond flirtatious and it’s just abnormal. Why would he switch from cash to gifts if he wasn’t having other intentions in mind? Kelli should ask for her boss to switch back to giving her cash, but she should say it in a polite manner.
Slacker feels like it wouldn’t be as big of a deal if everyone were getting gifts. If it’s only Kelli, it’s abnormal like Drew was saying. He would be uncomfortable if Glau were to come home with a gift from her boss like jewelry. If it’s something that you’re not able to give her, it’s like another man is making her happy.
Steve feels the same way as Slacker. Unlike most men, he’s even ok if a man were to buy his girlfriend a drink at the bar. However, if it’s something that Steve can’t provide, then it’s just like Slacker was saying--another man is providing for his woman and making her happy in a way you can’t.
This creeps me out. I would feel really weird accepting gifts like that from a guy friend of mine, let alone my boss. I see his point 100%. Jewelry is a really sentimental gift, especially when you consider how expensive it can be. If one of my girl friends told me about how she's been getting jewelry--or any other gift that’s personal like it--for her bonus from her boss, I'd be almost positive that either he's hitting on her or there's already something going on between them.
Whose side are you on?
Until Next Time, xoxo--Intern Elizabeth