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To not have got anything for my colleague at Greggs?

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JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:21:19

That's right! A Greggs thread! grin

I was in Edinburgh on business last week and a colleague was staying in the same hotel. I got up before sunrise to walk across town in freezing cold to go to the gym. Any virtuous points were forfeited when I stopped at Greggs for a bacon roll and coffee. The queue was out the door and it was a long wait, but I love a bacon roll!

Just after I had ordered and paid my colleague texted to ask if I wanted to meet for breakfast. I replied that I had just ordered at Greggs. My order was then served to me and when I was putting sugar in, she texted again: "Oh, lovely. Could you please get me a latte and a pain au chocolat? Bring it to my room and I will pay you back."

The queue was even longer by now and I just wanted to walk back with my room and eat on the way. So I texted "I'm sorry, I've already paid and received my order and the queue is out the door." I then walked back.

I guess the sound of traffic blocked the next ping, and I didn't see that she'd texted "Oh, please? I am really craving it and it's just so cold out. Please?" I didn't hear until the next ping which was for a second text: "????"

I replied that I was now on my way back, sorry.

Colleague was pretty miffed with me when she saw me later. She seemed to think that I had been selfish.

Not sure if this is relevant, but I find her a bit clingy She asked me to eat every meal with her and badgered me daily to ride on the attractions at the Christmas fair in Princess Street Gardens, although I repeatedly said that I had no desire to swing about in baskets 60 metres up in the freezing cold. She also texts me stupid questions like I'm her personal Google "What's the best pain killer for muscle aches?" "what's the weather forecast for tomorrow "

So maybe I was being mean?

To be honest, I wanted to just eat my roll with one hand and drink my coffee with the other and not carry her stuff.


OutDamnedWind Fri 02-Dec-16 19:23:29

YANBU, and she needs to chill!

iveburntthetoast Fri 02-Dec-16 19:23:43

Given everything you've said about her, YANBU. If you're lucky, you might have pissed her off enough that she won't bother you again.

Ginslinger Fri 02-Dec-16 19:24:19

I get that she's annoying but I'd probably have queued again and eaten my roll while queuing and then ordered another one when I got to the front

LindyHemming Fri 02-Dec-16 19:25:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tootsiepops Fri 02-Dec-16 19:26:09

That's the sort of whiny text I'd send my husband or my best friend of 30+ years

Never in a million years would I speak that way to a colleague.

YANBU. I'd tell her to do one.

JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:27:29

toast I'm afraid not. Today she texted me whilst I was getting my hair done. She wasn't happy with her highlights at the same salon with a different guy and had complained and I had recommended my colourist. So she had me book her in with him. Like, I had to go to the receptionist with foils in my hair and talk to the lady and text tennis with the colleague and get her booked in.

IzzyWotNotNoo Fri 02-Dec-16 19:27:46


I knew someone like this.

Very needy and was always trying to send me on errands as if to prove my love for her or something?


QueenArseClangers Fri 02-Dec-16 19:29:03

She sounds hard work. Didn't the hotel serve coffee and pastries? The lazy fecker.

JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:30:16

I have another colleague whom I adore. I probably would have done it for her. So I suppose I was BU.

JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:30:50

The hotel served lovely pain au chocolat and she had a breakfast voucher!

OccasionalNachos Fri 02-Dec-16 19:31:43

I live in Edinburgh & am trying to figure out which Greggs now grin

YWNBU at all, she sounds very hard work

Sweets101 Fri 02-Dec-16 19:32:30

Yanbu. Re the highlights i'd have just text back the number for the salon.

haveacupoftea Fri 02-Dec-16 19:33:40

She sounds deranged.

Packergator Fri 02-Dec-16 19:33:59

I love Greggs pain au chocolat. They're always slightly underbaked at our local branch, so the pastry is all soft and yielding...mmm...*misses point of thread*

JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:36:59

nachos It was a Greggs between the Greyfriars Bobby pub and the University. My gym was across from that posh old private school and my hotel was next to Waverley station.

Patriciathestripper1 Fri 02-Dec-16 19:37:46

What a hardship to have someone you work with that enjoys your company! Work can be boring and maybe she just values you and your intelligence. I think you were a bit mean. And perhaps not worthy of a friend.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 02-Dec-16 19:38:45

Maybe just stop texting?

JustGettingStarted Fri 02-Dec-16 19:39:20

Well, I gave her a place to live for several months when she became homeless due to her general haplessness, so I know I'm not utterly evil.

I just prefer to do my own thing most of the time.

MissVictoria Fri 02-Dec-16 19:44:37

Queuing is boring and annoying, it was out the door so out in the cold, and you had your own food and drink you wanted to eat and drink whilst it was warm. IF you hadn't already been served and were in a position you could have just added it to your order but hadn't, that would have been mean, but you weren't, you'd have had to re queue again, and her asking you to do that and let your own food either go cold or awkwardly eat it in packed queue, was the selfish one.

expatinscotland Fri 02-Dec-16 19:44:38


PaulAnkaTheDog Fri 02-Dec-16 19:46:53

I'm just wracking my brain trying to think what Greggs in Edinburgh ever has a queue outside it first thing in the morning!

Iwannabelikecommonpeople Fri 02-Dec-16 19:47:54

I prob would have queued up again for her and got a 2nd bacon roll for myself grin Is she someone you would normally socialise with out of work?

myusernamewastaken Fri 02-Dec-16 19:50:16

I wouldnt have bought her food either....ive picked up bits for others before and not been paid back so am reluctant to do it now.

CoraPirbright Fri 02-Dec-16 19:50:48

Given that you put her up when she became homeless, perhaps she considers you to be really close friends? Sounds weird to me though - why couldn't she book herself into the colourist? What is wrong with her phone?? Also, if the hotel also had pain au choc and she had a voucher, how bloody strange to send pestering, pleading texts to you. Has she cast you in a motherly type role, do you think? She sounds v childish to me.

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