A newly-hired employee got an alarming email from his boss, instructing him to stay away from his office crush — who the employee befriend not long after getting the job.
In the email, the boss instructed new employee Alex to stay away from his co-worker Julia, who he believed to be his girlfriend.
“Alex, I understand that you're the new guy around here, so I'm going to let you off with a warning. THIS time,” the email read. “I’ve noticed that you and Julia have been spending a lot of time together. I want you to back away and distance yourself from her. It’s quite possible that no one has told you anything, which is why I’m being so patient right now, but Julia and I are basically an item.”
The boss went on to explain that he and Julia ate lunch together on a number of occasions, and spent “countless hours” texting each other and speaking on the phone after work.
“I know everything about her,” the boss declared, “like all of her hopes, wants, and aspirations. Can you say the same? I don't think so. I know stuff you can only dream of knowing.”
The boss then acknowledged that the two weren’t “technically dating right now,” but added that he knew she would “soon see” that he was the one for her.
“I’m the type of guy who will love her and take care of her. The type who will actually spend time with her and talk with her,” he wrote. “You’re the type who will leave her broken-hearted.”
“I don’t need some bozo-like clown who just finished college to mess everything up for us,” the boss concluded. “So to reiterate, STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM JULIA.”
Viewers on Reddit advised Alex to take the issue to HR and make sure the boss doesn’t do anything irrational.
“Sounds like a threat. You should turn that over to HR,” one Redditor wrote.
Others told Alex that he should send the message directly to Julia.
“Having dealt with similar guys in the past, and having read the gift of fear, it is very important that you forward this to Julia,” Redditor BaylisAscaris said. “He might escalate his possessive behavior and she needs to be informed so she can take steps to protect herself. I would mention it to her in person and ask if she wants you to send her a copy or forward it to HR.”
Do you think the strange message should be taken more seriously?