A stressed-out husband drew fire from Redditors after he told his wife she embarrassed him by bringing him lunch at his new job. He’s catching it from all sides in a story that is full of life lessons.
It Was a Grand Adventure
OP is a 33-year-old man who recently took a new job with a large company in the southern United States. He and his wife made the move and were excited for a new start.
They Were Both Stoked
Before his first day of work, OP’s wife told him she was working on a big surprise for him. That only made him more excited to get started on his new adventure.
It Wasn’t What He Expected
Then, a few days into the new job, OP’s wife showed up at his workplace with a special lunch that she had prepared for him. This was the big surprise she had promised him.
Trouble Was Brewing
Even in the moment, OP was a little annoyed that his wife showed up with food at his office. But it wasn’t until she left that all hell really broke loose.
They All Laughed at Him
That’s when OP’s coworkers started in on him, with one in particular saying how nice it was that his “mommy” was looking after him in his new job. All the others just laughed.
They Just Wouldn’t Let It Go
Then, the next day, the same guy started up again.
He asked if mommy was going to bring lunch again, and someone else remarked they could still smell the food that OP’s mom had brought in the day before.
He Was Mortified
OP was humiliated and had trouble focusing on work the rest of the day with everyone laughing at him.
He Was Complete Toast
When he got home that night, OP laid into his wife and told her he couldn’t believe she would embarrass him like that. He said she had ruined any chance he had of gaining the respect of his new coworkers.
She Was Trying to Be Nice
OP’s wife was very hurt by his attack and said that she had just been trying to do something nice for him. She was proud of him and wanted to celebrate.
He Wasn’t Happy About It
But OP said she could have waited until he got home and fed him his favorite meal in privacy, or they could have gone out for dinner to celebrate.
She Had Been Careful
OP’s wife countered that she had come to the office during lunchtime, not when he was in the middle of working. She didn’t think it should have been a big deal.
He Should Have Stood up for Her
OP’s wife told him he should have stood up for her to his coworkers rather than letting them bully him. But he said he didn’t want to cause a rift with his new colleagues right off the bat.
She Wanted Him to Quit
The argument ended after OP’s wife told him to man up and either report his coworkers to HR or quit. He felt like she just didn’t understand his position, so he walked out of the room.
He Doesn’t Know What to Do
Now, OP feels bad about the fight because he really does appreciate the trouble his wife went to. But he also wants to get along at work, so he feels stuck.
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