Awkward Family Story: The Office Family

August 26th, 2009

I used to work at an office where birthday greeting cards were passed around at least once a week. When the card reached me, I’d quickly scribble down a message and pass it on ASAP. One day, a co-worker (and friend) told me that I might want to pay more attention to when signing cards, since the one that had most recently made the rounds was not a birthday card but rather a sympathy card for a co-worker whose parent had recently died. In it, I had written, “Hope it’s a great one!”

(submitted by J-Rock)

62 Responses to “Awkward Family Story: The Office Family”

  1. Nee Nee says:

    OMG! Im surprised that hasn’t happened to me yet! lmao!!!

  2. Soquel says:

    This happened at my work but the total opposite.. At my work ( a vets office) every week we pass around sympathy card for the animals of our clients that have passed away that week.. Well we were passing a card around for congratulations of some sort ( i forget what now) Well one of my co-workers put “So sorry for your loss” Lol.. it was hilarious.. because it wasn’t from me!

  3. magic says:

    this is like the only story i laughed at on this entire site

  4. Nosferatu says:

    OMG! I did the same thing! I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one.

  5. Martin says:

    We used to do birthday cards at the office, too. There was one guy whose job it was to buy the cards. One day he tried to be clever and bought what he thought was a Spanish-language card for the birthday of a guy from Mexico. The card was in Spanish, all right – but it was a condolence card, as the birthday boy explained to the assembled well-wishers.

  6. Bailee says:

    Thats pretty bad… but I can beat it!

    We do the same things at my work, pass around a card for Birthdays, when someone leaves, or has baby… there are any number of card worthy events. There are two people at my office by the name of Jennifer. One goes my Jenn the other by Jennifer. Jennifer had been talking for weeks about how excited she was for her upcoming breast implant procedure. We were all well aware that this would be happening and that she would be out of work for sometime.
    Around this same time Jenn’s father passed away. We got her a beautiful card and signed it with our condolences and well wishes. With exception to one person who wrote “can’t wait to see your new additions! hope they are everything you wanted and more!;)” AwKWarD

  7. Michelle says:

    Where is Angela when you need her!

  8. Gee says:

    An awkward slice of fried gold!

    …I guess you’ll actually take the time to glance at the front of the card in future!

  9. Lisa says:

    My mother recently passed away, and when I returned to work, I had a very sweet sympathy card signed by around 20 people.

    Two if them signed it ‘Best Wishes’.

  10. yzh says:

    My codolences to you, scribbler!

  11. fail says:

    j-rock? and you work in an office? and listen to j-rock?

    i think everybody missed the akward

  12. binkymae says:

    All purpose greeting:
    I sincerely hope that tomorrow will be better for you.

  13. jessy says:

    what no i bet marney was the card monitor or i hope you get a compound bow out of it?

  14. Señor_Citizen says:

    So sorry.

  15. renee says:

    a coworker of mine was leaving the company and so a goodbye card was passed around the office. at least five people wrote “Happy Birthday!!!!” hahahaa

  16. Kate says:

    Did Michael Scott sign that? 😀

  17. wendolyn says:

    FINALLY!!! a story that’s worth our time!

  18. Mandy says:

    When my mother’s friend’s mother was in the hospital with cancer, my mom sent her a get well card. However, it turns out it was a sympathy card!

  19. WAR EAGLE says:

    Finaly an awkward story that is awkward. This one is pretty good. Epic card signing fail.

  20. Dude says:

    This is a perfect example of how these stories should be! It was actually awkward, and didn’t end with the word “awkward.” Well done!

  21. Jennifer says:

    I was working on my birthday one year when a card came around. I opened it and wondered why it said “Dave” all over it. I remembered that it was also Dave’s birthday and the card was not for me.

  22. mandy says:

    i’ve totally done that before! cringe-worthy!

  23. jules says:

    Gah! I could totally see myself doing that. We have cards circulating at our office often.

  24. Damien says:

    Here’s one I like to do in that situation when a card comes around for someone I don’t particularly care for; after signing my name, grab a different color pen and elsewhere on the card write ‘you suck’

    Its the little things like that that get me through the day.

  25. Alekx says:

    Haha, that’s awkward gold.

  26. Angie says:

    A co-worker in my office actually did this to me, he was very embarrassed. The best part was when my birthday rolled around a couple of months later he wrote My deepest Sympathies in the card. We all got a big laugh out of it!

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  28. Snowrider says:

    Oh no….I’ve worked in big corporate America for decades. I’m now wondering if I’VE done that! YIKES!

  29. Will says:

    hahahahahhaha!!! That is GREAT!!!! GREAT, GREAT POST!!! A true CLASSIC!!!

  30. Lori says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh that’s bad, I bet you felt like crap!

  31. HF_Buick says:

    at the communist-like camp i call work, we have “card monitors,” they stand there while you write & sign the cards– some even prescreen what you’re going to write…

  32. crystal says:

    Hahahah too funny!!

  33. steve says:

    This is actually funny. Probably the first one of these stories that got a laugh

  34. Nikkiface says:

    Deliciously cringe-worthy.

  35. Shanti says:

    I feel you… LOL

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