Read of the Day: “Coworker Less Friendly In Person Than Her Gchats Would Have You Believe”
5:53 pm, October 14th | by Colette McIntyre
Later that afternoon, a Gchat from someone you don’t know appears on your screen. You don’t notice it for several minutes, since you’ve carefully minimized your personal email, at least until you can figure out just how overt you’re allowed to be about things like that here. Her chat handle in no way resembles her real name, so it takes you a minute to place her. The two of you trade video links and talk excitedly about Parks & Rec for the rest of the afternoon. She gives you her phone number “just in case you ever need to get a hold of me after work or on the weekends. I’m usually around.”
That evening, you receive a friend request from her. You accept it.
The two of you spend at least an hour talking about how hungry you are and sending each other pictures of sandwiches you found on Tumblr.
At 11:43, she fails to respond to your chat “hey do you want to get lunch in a few.”
At 12:29, you see her with a group of people your own age who work in the same department outside of a popular deli down the street from the office. They all have sandwiches. You politely say “hi” as you make your way into the deli, where you order alone. You eat your sandwich in your car.
“What are you doing for Halloween???” she asks as soon as you log in that morning.
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