Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Worst Christmas Spirit Ever

Years ago, I used to work for JMG CompuSmart in Hamilton. One of the owners - let's call him David (because that's his name) - had what I think might be the worst, most disturbing view of Christmas I've ever seen. Apparently David really, really doesn't like to be disappointed on Christmas morning. To avoid disappointment, David will go out and buy ALL OF HIS OWN PRESENTS.

He has them wrapped, and placed in a spare room in his house. Friends and relatives then come over and speak to David's wife, who lets them know what gifts are "available" for David. The person picks a gift, pays David's wife, and she gives them the receipt and then lets them write their name in the "From" part of the gift tag.

When David first told us this one day at work, everyone got this uncomfortable look on their face and said nothing. Except me. I thought he was kidding. I really didn't think a grown man - co-owner of a multi-million dollar business - could be so infantile. I laughed out loud, and said something along the lines of, "Can you imagine anyone actually being that fucked?"

Problem was, David wasn't kidding.

I was fired a few weeks later. Which I am sure was simple coinincidence.

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all.


Paula said...

I don't really like getting gifts for others for christmas, mainly because I don't support materialism but sometimes I do. I would rather do service gifts. This year I just did something for my mom and my friend.

This man definitely sounds disturbing but what I find disturbing is how people get stressed every year to buy someone a gift because they think they have to.

Bernie said...

You can't make this stuff up!

I shouldn't ever be surprised that people are so warped. But I am. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.