My boss is out of town this week, and I’m using his absence as an opportunity to get myself organized. Step one was getting my to-do list up to snuff, and step two was cleaning out three years worth of crap from my office.
I was down in the basement, stashing the stuff that was too good to throw out, when an unmistakable silhouette caught my eye – a bottle of Stranahans Colorado Whiskey. It was tucked deeply within the shadows of an unused safe, along with an unopened box of Johnny Walker Red.
You see, my boss isn’t much of a drinker, but people still give him booze from time to time. I don’t know who supplied the Johnny Walker, but I’m well aware who supplied the Stranahans – I did, before I realized he doesn’t like the hard stuff.
He was very polite about accepting the bottle, but he left it at work, where he knows full well that it will eventually be pilfered by a staff member. This happens with all the booze where I work – It’s a known thing, like leaving seeds out for birds. In essence, he totally abandoned my gift, which has sat in the basement for the last 19 months with the plastic still intact around its neck.
Now Stranahans is one of my favorite whiskeys, and it’s no longer available in New Jersey, so it’s not like I can stop on the way home and pick up a bottle of the stuff. It’s a rare commodity, and I’m the only person in my company who knows or even cares.
So it begs the question – should I take it back? Should I ungift this pristine bottle of rare whiskey that no one will miss? Or should I let it sit there, aging gracefully until one of my 24 year-old female coworkers decides to snag it because she wants to mix it with Diet Coke?
When I put it like that, it’s almost like I HAVE to take it, in order to make sure it’s not wasted on someone who’s just looking for a free buzz. But then again, a gift is a gift, no matter what the recipient decides to do with it.
So what would you do – take it, or leave it? Let us know below…