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May 24, 2013

Thank-you note fails to deliver intended message

:Dear Abby: My husband and I attended the wedding of the son of some old friends in another state. Rather than buy the young couple a gift, we instead gave them a check for $1,000. Imagine our astonishment when a month later the following arrived in our mailbox:

“Dear ‘Loretta’ and ‘Evan,’

“Thank you for the generous donation. We really enjoyed spending that money. If ever you feel like you have too much of it, we would gladly take it off your hands.

“Love, ‘Mason’ and ‘Candace’”

Abby, my husband and I have worked hard for many years in our business and have been blessed by the Lord. We are not millionaires. We were happy and humbled to be able to share with them — until we received this. The money wasn’t a donation; it was a GIFT.

:Stung In Sioux City

:Dear Stung: Let’s hope the note you received was an unfortunate attempt at humor. While the message may have gone over like a lead balloon and I’m sure the parents would be beyond embarrassed if they knew, at least you received a thank-you for your generosity. I hear from many people who complain that their gifts were not acknowledged at all.

:Dear Abby: One of my co-workers takes company research presentation books into the restroom with him multiple times a day and spends upwards of half an hour in there with them. The unsanitary implications of this drive me batty.

I am not germophobic, but taking shared materials into the bathroom while you’re doing your business is just too much for me. It’s not like he’s taking in a newspaper that can be tossed out; these are research materials that we must all share!

My co-worker told me I need to “get over it,” that this is a “me” issue. Am I crazy or is taking shared workplace materials into the bathroom gross and inappropriate?

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