Posted by u/statickybroad
Reddit Link: https://redd.it/6lwm56
Duration: 3 min read
Categories: I Don't Work Here, Lady (IDWHL)
I was browsing stories on this subreddit and was reminded of my own IDWHL experience.
It was about 2 and a a half years ago at my ex-husband's work Christmas party. The party was at an event/conference center that supplied their own staff to serve food and drinks and set up the tables and chairs. The staff wore all black, and the females all had their hair pulled back. This is important as I was wearing a black dress and heels, with my hair in a bun. I was also approximately 8 months pregnant at the time.
We had arrived about an hour early as my ex had been voluntold to help set up the sound system, so I was wandering around trying to make myself useful until the party started. I located the restroom since I knew I would need it 2 or 3 times throughout the evening (damn baby bouncing on my bladder).
When I came back from the bathroom, I noticed a few more people had trickled in, including my ex's commander who I had never formally met. Everyone was busy running around trying to get everything set up, including the commander. I decided to sit at our table since heels + pregnancy were not not combining well for me and I knew it was going to be a semi long evening. Maybe two minutes after I sat down, the commander walked past my table. I started to stand up because I thought it might be a good time to quickly introduce myself. I will be "M" and commander will be "C"
C: "No, sit down, wouldn't want to bother you!" (said fairly sarcastically)
And was gone before I could respond so I settled back into my chair thinking he was just stressed about the party or was trying to be polite since I was so grossly pregnant?? Who knows. A few seconds later he comes back
C: "Guess someone needed a break? Feeling a little tired tonight, huh? Could you at least tell me where the bathroom is?"
M:"Oh um, yes, of course! It's right down the hall on the left."(internally thinking, can't be rude to the commander but wtf dude??)
And he's gone again. My ex returns to the table at this point and we are just chatting as more people filter in and come say hi. I don't think much about the interaction as I again just figured he had other stuff going on, it never crossed my mind that he thought I worked there.
A few minutes later my ex has his arm around me as C comes back to the room. I see the light bulb turn on in his head as he comes over and introduces himself. He apologizes profusely and tells the whole table that he thought I was working the party since I was dressed like the staff, drew a few laughs from everyone and all was well. He gifted us a few bottles of wine and liquor for after the baby arrived so I guess it could have gone a lot worse!