So last Friday was our company Christmas party (excuse me, I mean holiday party), and I didn’t end up with any of the door prizes. That didn’t surprise me—par for the course. No big deal. But all this week they’ve been drawing employees for various “gifts” that are given to the company. (Employees aren’t personally allowed to accept gifts from other companies or vendors, so the gifts are randomly doled out.) No dice. It’s not a big deal—I don’t need the stuff they’re giving out, in fact I wouldn’t even want some of it, but the notification 5 times a day of other people “winning” the random drawings has started to grate on my nerves. I hate random! I like things where I can affect the outcome, but rigging the drawings didn’t seem like a good (or feasible) idea.
Then I got an email that instead of announcing the prizes and winners, said that there were a number of items left around from various events/promotions/whatever that the company wanted to get rid of. Being a fairly avid thrifter (Hey, it’s a great way to stretch a dollar!), I went to take a look. In only 15 minutes the items had already been pretty well picked over, but I found a wealth book that looked interesting, took it back to my desk, and went about the rest of my day (deleting further losing prize notifications as they showed up).