I've made the decision that I'm never pitching in for a gift where I know I won't see any reciprocal action ever again. Yet again the hat was passed around here for a communal baby gift and fine, I pitched in. Even if this was the chick's second kid and even if the sex of the baby was the same as the first time. Whatever.
However, what pisses me off is that I was not invited to the party where the gift will be given. I am not exaggerating when I say that 85 percent of the office was invited to the party, but I was not. I only even found out about the party when a dumbass coworker passed me the menu to order lunch with the email invitation attached to it. And needless to say I was not on the invite.
Could this be a simple mistake? No. I've been left off the invitation list on a couple of occasions because I am not technically part of the metro team. However, I feel in this case I should be included because I helped pay for this stupid party.
So that's the last straw. I'm not contributing to any more of these stupid pass-around envelopes for gifts. If I feel strongly enough to want to contribute, I will buy the person a gift from me. If I don't, then I will pass the envelope to the next person and not be guilted into giving shit.