Crazy Co-workers and Their Spending Habits

There I was, sitting at my desk in my company’s office building at 5:50 in the morning, two weeks before Christmas, slowly trying to wake up while reading and responding to emails that had come in overnight.  I usually get in to the office at 5:30 in the morning to miss the ridiculous traffic that starts to really build by 6:00 am.  The office is pretty much a ghost town at that hour, although there are about 5 other people spread across the 3rd floor of the building at that hour as well.  Two of those people actually sit on the other side of the cubicle wall from me and I can’t help but hear their daily conversations.

That morning their discussion was centered around Christmas gifts and what they wanted to receive.  Bob, who is about 40 years old and married with one child, was telling Jason that he really didn’t need anything for Christmas because he usually bought everything he wanted during the year.  “I’ve got to think of something”, Bob said.  “My wife keeps asking me what she should buy me for Christmas and I don’t know what to tell her.  I was thinking I’d tell her to buy me an Ipad Pro with the large screen, even though I already have two other regular Ipads.”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  Bob was considering telling his wife to spend $800 on an electronic tablet that he didn’t need, just to get her off his back.  Previously I’d heard Bob mention that they were tight on their bills and were having trouble putting any money away for their retirement.  It’s not hard to see why, when hearing things like that.

Fast forward 3 weeks to another early morning sitting in cubicle land.  I heard Bob tell Jason that indeed his wife had bought him the Ipad.  I just shook my head and went back to focusing on my emails.  I won’t miss sitting there early in the morning listening to them when I retire long before they do.