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Awkward! My Boss Keeps Leaving "Presents" on My Desk

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I'm not sure why, but my boss keeps putting things on my desk and calling them "presents." But they're more like trash. Instead of asking "I don't want this, do you?" she just keeps setting things on my desk saying "here's a present for you." Sometimes I'll come in in the morning to find things she's left on my desk when I wasn't there.

There have been half-eaten boxes of chocolate, writing pads from her visits to hotels, ink pens that don't work, even other people's business cards. With each paycheck that the company distributes they staple coupons from a local amusement park onto the check. Everyone gets a few but she'll still set hers on my desk. If I say "no thanks, I've already got some" she'll just say "well you can have mine too" but guess what lady I DON'T WANT YOUR TRASH!

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I've even tried setting things back on her desk but she'll just say "Oh don't you want that?" I'm not sure why she does it but I think it's rude. Something that is obviously trash should just be thrown away. Don't just assume that I want it, set it on my desk and walk away.

How can I get her to stop this annoying habit?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
Well, she's probably trying to be nice? I think its a little odd a half eaten box of chocolates? Pens from hotels? Oh well she is trying to be nice I think. Next time just place that stuff on a common table area and write an email if anyone wants this or that then its available on this or that table in the break room. Chances are it will all be gone in 15 minutes becuase people are vultures for free food or pens or even paper. She'll get the message that you don't want it on a positive way and then maybe next time she'll offer it to anyone who wants it.
kassandraroxx12 kassandraroxx12 7 years
she probably likes u do u think shes atractive?
kassandraroxx12 kassandraroxx12 7 years
you could lie to her and say im alergic and u could ask why are you being so nice to me yr not giving presents to the other workers and they work very hard just say that and see how she reacts to it the n get back to me
karlotta karlotta 7 years
I'm with Betty on this - tell her first that it would be nice to share with everyone and to put that stuff out in the breakroom. If that doesn't work, then suck it up. She's being nice - not that weird, in my opinion. She's sharing, and that's definitely not something anyone should ever try to put down. If you don't want the stuff, just say thank you and then trash it! Refusing it seems a million times ruder to me than giving it!!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'd just bang my bin on the desk and say "trash goes in here" and point at the bin "not on here" and point at the desk. I'd appreciate the choccies though, bu it'd be nice if she offered to share them before leaving me with the nasty choccies (like walnut, ik).
dootsie dootsie 7 years
The next thing, say "Oh, I won't be able to use that, but let me put that in the common area for anyone who might be able to use it."Stack up every item she leaves in the same spot. Eventually, she'll just start leaving it out there instead of on your desk. Either it will grow dust and she'll get the hint that maybe her "presents" aren't that great or other people will take/use the stuff.
Rwandawithlove Rwandawithlove 7 years
My boss does that during the holidays, regifts us! Not with anything as blatant as a half eaten box of chocolates but we can clearly tell it was gifts meant for her. Just keep mum about it, don't be overly appreciative about it and maybe she will get the hint!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
You could recommend she leaves these presents in the break-room for everyone to share.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
LOL. That's actually really funny (since it's not happening to me) I agree with Jazzytummy. Next time she does it just tell her that you REALLY don't want it and to please give it to someone else. You don't have to take it just cause she's your boss. You're not a freakin slave. You have rights and she can't just fire you for that. Just don't get an attitude with her.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Bizarre. I agree with skigirl > just throw it away and don't say anything.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
she's your boss...so i wouldn't get snarky with her...just throw the stuff away...you have a garbage can right? who cares
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Maybe this is her weird way of trying to be your friend??? I say just say thanks and throw the crap out.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Jesus, just grow a sac and ask her not to do it anymore!
sham28 sham28 7 years
That's hilarious, I work with people like that too, where they're not being overtly mean but they're still driving you insane. You can say, "You should pass it along to someone else, I'm resolving to keep my desk completely clutter-free."
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
..well giving you her extra coupons is nice I think but giving you half eaten boxes of chocolate is just RUDE, what the f. Seriously. Anything that's been touched. That is the strangest thing I've ever heard... Maybe she sees you as her little pet, as opposed to a charity case? Still annoying though! I'm with RoaringSilence; ask around and investigate if she does it to other people too. Though, I wouldn't know what to tell you either way.. weeeird.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
Put all of it into a big cardboard box so that the cleaning people can throw it away. When she asks tell her you'll go through it when you have time and when she notices the box is gone tell her the cleaning people threw it away.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Oh my... that is the strangest thing I've heard this week. Do you think you can tolerate to just be the bigger person and smile and then toss those things out? Is your boss doing that to other people, too? Especially if that is the case, I think she does this cause she doesn't believe in throwing anything away if someone else can use it still. This is okay, except that she doesn't understand that she should find out first who actually wants anything. If you're the only one... then that's even weirder. Does she think you are broke and need any donation you can get?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
This is REALLY weird. Since she's your boss, I would say that you just have to tolerate it if you like your job.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
Uh tell her that you really don't want it. Directly to her. To please stop. That's the best thing you can do.
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