April 13, 2011


Yesterday at work there was a baby shower thrown for another employee. As is usual for my work place, the invite was printed on a sheet of paper and taped to the door. It had all the usual items one would expect to find on an invitation:

* Who the shower was for.
* When the shower was to be held.
* Where shower recipient was registered.

And printed on the very bottom:

"For those who bring a gift, you will be entered into a raffle for a special prize."


I found this to be quite odd. Tacky even. I believe that attending a baby shower (gift or not) is a way to celebrate with others that a baby is soon to arrive. Nothing like a little bribery to get lots of gifts (although, I cannot fault the recipient as she was not the one in charge of the invite).

Is this the way things are now? One brings a gift to a party with the expectation of compensation?

Am I the only one that feels this way?


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