I am a very nice person and I get compliments from them all the time. Sometimes in return they will offer me lunch or sometimes cash, but Willie there was this returning national, she’s about late 60’s. She liked me very much, asking if I am married, and also she has a son who is single. She sounds like a nice person too.
Willie, she gave me a bracelet. She said that they prayed on it and was giving it to women who are abused and what not. She took it out of the jewelry box and put it on my wrist herself.
Willie, when she left my co-workers told me to take it out before something happens to me. As usual I listen to them and put it in my folder.
I just want to ask: did I do the right thing in removing the bracelet or should I appreciate the gift cause it is some time now and its been in my folder since then?
Dear Jer: Your co-workers’ opinion are clearly motivated by superstition. Or probably they are just jealous of you, wishing they were the ones in receipt of the gift?
I cannot tell you what to do with a presumed ‘legal’ gift from a friendly stranger. However, you should ask yourself: if the shoe was on the other foot, would you have discouraged your co-worker/s not to wear or accept it? Do you feel any different or has your life changed negatively since you received the bracelet? Based on your interaction with the lady, do you trust her and believe she meant any harm?
Be guided by your answers.
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