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However, one person was left gobsmacked after their HR department shamelessly asked company employees to donate $20 (£15) for their boss’ Christmas presents.
They took to Reddit to protest, stating: “That money is going to my kids, not to the fat cats at the top who make at least 5x what I make on any given month.
“Buy your own damn presents.”
Responding to criticism they were receiving about supposedly making a big fuss over nothing, they wrote: “At first I felt bad that I wasn’t contributing, but the more I think about it, the more pissed off I get that they’d even ask us to pitch in like that.
"There’s nothing anyone can buy those people that they can’t already go out and buy on a regular, everyday trip to Walmart.
“I don’t hate working here, but I do hate this kind of attitude toward employees, with families, at Christmas time."
Most Reddit users in the thread rallied behind the employee with encouraging comments.
One replied: “Just tell them you don’t have $20 to give because they don’t pay you enough."
Another agreed, adding: “Tell HR you will gladly pitch in $20 after they give you a 20 percent raise.”
A third commenter had the genius idea to give $20 of Monopoly money instead.
Others thought about making a charitable donation, with one advising: “Give 20 dollars to a charity and then put the donation receipt into the basket or box when that ‘gift’ money is being collected.”
The original poster assured everyone that they refused to pay the ‘donation’, adding: “I haven’t gotten any flack, most of them understand where I’m coming from.”
The Reddit post was also full of users recalling their own experiences with cheeky employers.
One said: “Back when I worked for a big restaurant chain, HR took 10 dollars from everyone’s salary to give the CEO an expensive painting for his 50th birthday. The guy is a multimillionaire...”
If that doesn’t sound bad enough, another user commented: “At my old job my boss asked all the employees to pitch in for the CEO’s mom’s funeral. I’ve only met him like twice by that time. RIP to your mom but... you literally make more money than me.”
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