I have a problem with one of my coworkers who is just plain cheap. When we go out for office lunches, she will calculate whether it is to her advantage for everyone to pay individually for what they purchased or to split the check evenly among all the people there. She always chooses the option in her favor.
When it comes to office gifts, she often lies about her donation. She is the one in charge of collecting the money, and she takes a bit from everybody else’s donation and pretends that it is hers.
Fridays are our office bring in a snack day. I have never seen her bringing snacks, but she always takes more than her fair share of those that others bring in. In fact, she will often wrap them up in napkins to take home.
How do you deal with somebody like this? Unfortunately it is somebody that I have to work with so it is impossible for me to just ignore. Since she is the office manager, I’m concerned about confronting her directly because I fear it will cause problems in other areas of my work if I get on her bad side. She is also very chummy with our boss so I can’t go directly over her head in this situation either.
I feel that I’m in a no-win situation, but it annoys me to no end when I see her doing these things. Do you have any suggestions of what I might be able to do to solve the situation?
If you found yourself in the same situation, what steps would you take to try and resolve it and what advice would you give to this person?