Most politically sensitive thing in the office ever?
There's a bloke in my team leaving after a good number of years. I've been here about 6 months and it's a small legal team, who have varying views on office collections - I'm happy to chuck in a bit, as is the guy leaving, for birthdays/weddings/leaving dos, as it feels like a nice thing to do which keeps the harmony. Rest of team think differently and while they're more than happy to reap the rewards, they are unbelievably stingy.
Despite this, senior bod decides that the legal team should contribute to a fairly spenny present for the person leaving, but decides not to do an office collection as they can't bring themselves to ask other people for dosh when they don't contribute themselves (although the person leaving is generous and well-liked).
Cue a shortfall in cash. And various follow-up emails for 'contributions gratefully received', and the brown-nosing colleague of the senior bod loudly proclaiming his wish for senior bod not to be 'out of pocket' and that he will make up the shortfall.
I've made what I think is a reasonable contribution (considering that (a) I'm the most junior here (b) I know none of them chipped in for my birthday collection (fair enough, but that's the way the cookie crumbles) and (c) I've only been here 6 months). Plus, I'm not going to be getting married/having babies while I'm here, and I doubt I'd get a big send-off when I leave anyway. It's really getting on my tits that I'm being made to feel not-very-generous, especially when the wider office would have gladly chucked in some cash even when the legal team NEVER DOES. GGRRRRRRR