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Secret Santa hell rolls around again

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HC Online | 30 Nov 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
There are those who delight in the task of buying someone they’ve barely spoken to in the office a gift worth $10. There are others who would rather munch on broken glass.
  • Digsy | 30 Nov 2012, 12:35 PM Agree 0
    I saw a bald guy receive a hair brush one year
  • HR Manager | 30 Nov 2012, 12:40 PM Agree 0
    Once had a staff member lodge a grievance because the Secret Santa present was lingerie and a SALAMI !!!!
  • Louise Mitchell | 30 Nov 2012, 12:40 PM Agree 0
    Secret Santa gone wrong ... someone purchased a storage tin (for keeping trinkets or similar) with hand-painted kittens on the lid ... the recipient had an incredible negative response and major outburst including tears and storming out of the room screaming out "so, someone's trying to tell me I'm a cat or a bitch are they?" ... such an innocent thing and the response was so unexpected. Glad I wasn't the Secret Santa.
  • Business partner | 30 Nov 2012, 01:02 PM Agree 0
    Worst I ever saw was a bag of pornographic magazines, tube of lubricant and a box of tissues - to a very quiet, nerdy account. My observation is that deoderant and Palmolive Gold has also been a favourite in the past for individuals known to skimp on these items.
  • Nicole | 30 Nov 2012, 01:16 PM Agree 0
    A farting gnome - to our Regional Director! Luckily he saw the funny side and didn't mind.
  • Timothy Lee | 30 Nov 2012, 01:19 PM Agree 0
    Instead of spending $20 on something the recipient probably won't appreciate. We partner with charities to see what they need. This year, we're making $20 food hampers for OzHarvest. Previous years, we've bought toys/gifts for underpriviledged children. Christmas is the season for giving and giving is sweet, especially to those really in need.
  • Bernie Althofer | 30 Nov 2012, 04:27 PM Agree 0
    A sexual harassment referral officer was given a coffee mug with the words "Guess how many donuts I can fit on my ....". This in an organisation that was supposedly committed to the prevention, detection and resolution of workplace harassment.

    I guess that with Secret Santa's, people can get away with such behaviour knowing that it is difficult to trace the 'gift giver'.
  • Debbie | 03 Dec 2012, 03:28 PM Agree 0
    Luckily we do a random gift then play the Grinch game - at least that way there are no hurt feelings and everyone has some fun. Always fun to watch staff decide if they are game to swap gifts with the GM :)
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