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There is a cool-to-the-touch styrofoam coolerbox in the mailroom. It was delivered for one of my coworkers today by UPS. It was sent to her by a vendor that she uses for some work-related task or other. It is generally believed to contain meat- a turkey or something similar. I maintain that this is Weird.

Am I wrong? Is it not weird to send a gift of meat to someone with whom you have only a professional relationship? Is it not weird to receive a gift of meat at the office?

(In case you were wondering- yes, I do think believe that it would be less weird if sent to friends/family at home.)

This has consumed me to the point that I have been compelled to put together a poll.

Poll #886684 Weird or Not Weird?

Sending a gift of meat to the recipient's workplace:

Weird
15(83.3%)
Not Weird
3(16.7%)
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From:rosewater
Date:December 11th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I mean, it sort of depends on the meat, doesn't it? Like supposing it was a dry salami, packed with some crackers and spreads?
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From:khakipants
Date:December 11th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Huh. Yeah, that would be far less weird. Point taken.

Since a giant dead bird is funnier, though, that shall be the standard by which the level of weirdness is judged.
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From:rosewater
Date:December 11th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Also weird is meat packaged with your company logo. We get all these catalogs for things that can be imprinted with your logo/name, and among them are packages of like filets mignon and lobster tails (in addition to the aforementioned salami-heavy gift baskets, and other gift baskets involving things like ice cream). I think this job has really altered my sense of what a "bizarre" gift entails.
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From:khakipants
Date:December 11th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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I get what "packaged with your company logo" means, but the first image that came to mind on reading that was of a steak with a company logo branded right onto the meat.

Kinda makes me want to do that in lieu of cards. "Happy Holidays from Joanna!" on a porkchop. With a specially designed logo of some kind- like me, giving a thumbs up.

Damn, that's awful.
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From:rosewater
Date:December 11th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I actually almost said "branded," since it would be perfectly normal to say that (for instance) a tote bag was "branded." So I was also subject to that image, and the accompanying olfactory hallucination, mmmm.

They can't do that at API I don't think, but they can make chocolate bars with your message imprinted on them! And these would make great holiday cards, too.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 11th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I don't think my office ever received meat products, except as part of a crackers-and-cheese basket, as Jess suggested. We got mostly chocolate and pastries. I miss serendipitous pastries.

My coworkers and I do get a small turkey from the boss at Thanksgiving though. Which is kinda weird, but nice.
From:butterpat
Date:December 12th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
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Less weird - something from a place like Hickory Farm, Omaha Steaks, or Honeybaked Ham. Something wrapped and sealed. Something not in a takeout box.
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From:elf_owl
Date:December 12th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
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What if she's vegetarian? Meat is a weird gift to give to someone you don't know personally, regardless of where you send it. Sending gifts to people's offices is kind of cute, because less expected, and had a *professional* acquaintence sent me a gift to my *personal* address, it would be much weirder, in the creepy sense.
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