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Started by FleurDuMal on Dec 1, 2018 2:02:29 PM
Getting out of going to the work Christmas party.

Any good suggestions please?

darkhorse - 01 Dec 2018 14:04:15 (#1 of 143)

"I have a baaaad feeling something is going to happen" with wide, terrified eyes.

mentranilvavin - 01 Dec 2018 14:04:27 (#2 of 143)

Say you're not going because you don't want to.

That's what I do every year.

JohnIlly - 01 Dec 2018 14:04:47 (#3 of 143)

Become a Jehovah's Witness.

popstar7 - 01 Dec 2018 14:06:42 (#4 of 143)

Go. Just to see your colleagues enjoy the highlight of their social calendar.

Winterborne - 01 Dec 2018 14:06:53 (#5 of 143)

I've managed it by getting pancreatitis, followed by an ERCP to remove a gallstone from my bile duct and Gallbladder surgery then getting signed off for two weeks, followed by two weeks preplanned annual leave. Belts and braces.

I blotted my copybook even before this by visibly grimacing at the suggestion of Secret Santa.

My team are all very nice people, but I've reached the end of the road with my job and the thought of spending any time with them in a work context when I don't have to fills me with dread.

FleurDuMal - 01 Dec 2018 14:08:18 (#6 of 143)

That sounds foolproof, if a bit drastic!

Tagyourit - 01 Dec 2018 14:10:10 (#7 of 143)

Go for the honest approach:

"Just because I work with you all, that doesn't mean I want to drink with you."

FleurDuMal - 01 Dec 2018 14:10:42 (#8 of 143)

Hmmm. It’s worth trying.

Moschops - 01 Dec 2018 14:18:59 (#9 of 143)

If you're a contractor you could say you're worried about the IR35 implications

col2001 - 01 Dec 2018 14:20:42 (#10 of 143)

Compulsory Jollification.


Could be worse. Friend if mine had to participate in a company annual Sports Day. Including obstacle race.

Without grimacing.

FleurDuMal - 01 Dec 2018 14:20:58 (#11 of 143)

I’m not - I’m an employee.

JohnIlly - 01 Dec 2018 14:21:38 (#12 of 143)

Friend if mine had to participate in a company annual Sports Day. Including obstacle race.

Getting out of that would just need a note from your mum.

bailliegillies - 01 Dec 2018 14:25:28 (#13 of 143)

Just tell them you got a better party to go too.

JerkinMcGherkin - 01 Dec 2018 14:37:55 (#14 of 143)

Just say thanks but you'll give it a miss, as I've often done..

Having said that, I'm going to mine this year.

Tagyourit - 01 Dec 2018 14:38:58 (#15 of 143)

"I'm sorry I'm a recovering alcoholic and I'm staying away from any temptation"

"Best not, it's not good for the baby"

"I can't go there, I'm barred"

"Our prophet says Baby Jesus doesn't approve of his brides-to-be drinking devil juice"

widenation - 01 Dec 2018 14:39:47 (#16 of 143)

Just leave it till the day and say you have a 'plumbing crisis'. You're not actually lying if that just means you'd rather clean the bath or something.

JohnIlly - 01 Dec 2018 14:43:14 (#17 of 143)

A plumbing crisis could also mean something personal they would be too embarrased to query.

Beaky1 - 01 Dec 2018 14:47:52 (#18 of 143)

Our Bank Christmas Party always ends up with yours truly being humiliated in public.

HorstVogel - 01 Dec 2018 14:51:40 (#19 of 143)

at my place the Xmas do is done via Invitation with Outlook, so it's easy to say No or Yes, perhaps a maybe

sometimes I do, sometimes I don't

so, basically just decline

SinnerBoy - 01 Dec 2018 14:53:00 (#20 of 143)

Yes, the plumbing (domestic, hopefully...) crisis sounds like a winner, to me.

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