She Told Her Co-Worker That She Shouldn’t Be Adopted By Her Siblings As She’s An Adult But Then Her Co-Worker Reported Her To Human Resources

A woman was recently reprimanded by her company’s HR after she told a coworker, who she thought was lazy, that there was no reason for her older sibling to adopt her just because she struggled to live by herself. Here’s what she had to say.

Her Childlike Coworker, Pam

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The woman had a coworker named Pam. Despite being 26 years old, Pam acted like a child and relied heavily on her adoptive mother for help. Pam lost her dad six years ago and now lives with her mother.

Pam Was Unusually Dependent

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The woman noticed Pam’s dependence on her adoptive mother was unusual. Her mom still did things like pack her lunch and drive her to work, even though Pam had no special needs or was disabled.

Pam Was Reluctant to Move Abroad

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Pam’s mom got a job offer in another country and planned to move there. However, Pam didn’t want to go with her; instead, she wanted to be adopted by one of her older siblings. “Pam has made it clear she doesn’t want to move and will be staying here if one of her older siblings adopts her,” she said.

Pam Explained Her Reason

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Curious, the woman asked Pam why she wanted to be adopted at the age of 26, and she explained. “She says that she needs to be adopted to stay because who’s going to take care of her since her mom is leaving? I asked her to explain… this woman doesn’t pay any bills. She has no idea how to cook for herself or live on her own,” she said.

Pam’s Shopping Habit

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She was surprised and asked why Pam even bothered to work. Pam admitted that she worked to have money for shopping. She liked to buy expensive things like the latest phone, fancy purses, and expensive coffee.

Pam Didn’t Want to be Responsible

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Pam explained that it was too challenging for her to live independently. Then the woman informed her that the only way her siblings could take on this responsibility was if she gave up her rights, and a court would need to assess if she genuinely couldn’t manage on her own.

She Gave Her Honest Opinion

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Pam responded that it was okay as long as she wasn’t responsible for herself. Then the woman told Pam that it wasn’t a good idea for her siblings to adopt her because she felt there was no good reason for it. This angered Pam, and she reported the woman to HR.

Their HR Got Involved

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Now, the woman had to write an apology to Pam, even though she thought the request was unreasonable. She noticed that Pam liked to chat at work, and their conversations were often personal. This was the first time it had gotten so serious that HR had to get involved.

Was She Right?

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The woman couldn’t help but wonder if she should have stayed out of it, as Pam seemed not to understand how life worked. She shared her story online to see if others thought she was right to speak up.

People Online Responded

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One poster commented, “The coworker clearly came to her to consult. You can’t ask someone for their opinion and get insulted when they deliver.”

Another person disagreed, “Yeah, there’s a way to address awkward conversations about other people’s lives without going into the reality of how you think they should live. The professional response would be just to nod along and wish them luck.”

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