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AIBU to think this is a weird New Year message

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Kr1stina Fri 06-Jan-17 10:16:23

In reply to my [stunningly original ] text " Happy New Year! " I received this from my niece

" 2016 has been my best year ever and I'm hoping to be even more successful in 2017" .

AIBU to think this is odd? Most people just replied with a similar greeting or " hope you and the family are well" . Some sent a snippet of news

" busy year for us as Mary starts her new job in February /we are moving house in the summer / we have a new puppy " .

Is this because I don't understand Young People Today ?

WorraLiberty Fri 06-Jan-17 10:19:41

Sounds like she's about to start flogging Yoonique grin

Roseformeplease Fri 06-Jan-17 10:20:30

MLM alert!

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Fri 06-Jan-17 10:21:37


YouTheCat Fri 06-Jan-17 10:22:03

Definitely sounds like she's going to start spouting nonsense very soon.

Also, what kind of person doesn't even say 'Happy New Year' back?

AllTheBabies Fri 06-Jan-17 10:23:05

That's hilarious! I suppose if you don't look after number one who else is going to grin

Crispbutty Fri 06-Jan-17 10:24:14

Did it come with a duck face selfie too? grin

Hassled Fri 06-Jan-17 10:25:48

It sounds like she's been shortlisted for The Apprentice or something.

chocolatemademefat Fri 06-Jan-17 10:28:29

I would've texted back - good to know. now get your head out of your arse and wish me a happy new year. Young people today!!!!!!

ExcellentWorkThereMary Fri 06-Jan-17 10:30:43

Ohh definitely MLM!
"Wow that's great to hear, what made 2016 so good?"
"I ditched the office and became my own boss! I work in my pyjamas and have made so much money I am looking at buying an enormous new house and a yacht! If you are interested I can share the secret of how I did it with you? Come for coffee next week?"

dailyshite Fri 06-Jan-17 10:31:46

I was trying to think where I'd seen this phrase and you're right! It was a Utility Warehouse person grin not the same person, as she isn't young (well she's younger than me but fully fledged adult)

ofhorse Fri 06-Jan-17 10:36:33

Very rude not to wish it back to you. All about her.

What is MLM?

Kr1stina Fri 06-Jan-17 10:41:00

DD says her cousin always talks as if she's on The Apprentice. Not that I would know as I'm an old fogey.

Kr1stina Fri 06-Jan-17 10:42:47

MLM is multi level marketing BTW

I know it's not that as she actually has a very good job in business development , which I believe is a fancy names for sales.

TheMortificadosDragon Fri 06-Jan-17 10:43:09

I just looked up the meaning of MLM as I've come across it today for the first time in two clearly different contexts. Here I think its 'Multi Level Marketing' ie pyramid selling, the other I think was Men love Men. However, I think in the case of the OPs niece, its simply egocentric youth 'Me luvs Me'grin

How old is she, is she doing exams or starting on a career ladder?

ofhorse Fri 06-Jan-17 10:47:36

I was trying to guess... all I could think was Mid Life Meltdown!! But didn't know how old niece was ...

Crispbutty Fri 06-Jan-17 10:49:08

I have a friend who works for utility warehouse, and that's exactly the sort of comment she would reply with too. She got very stroppy with me when I said it was a pyramid scheme.. The way she went on about it, it sounded more like some strange cult.

CitronellaEllaElla Fri 06-Jan-17 10:53:18

grin this has made my morning!

Kr1stina Fri 06-Jan-17 11:03:52

She's 29 and apparently doing very well in her job. She sells accountant, which I assume pays better than Avon.

I only know what MLM is because there's a hilarious thread on MN about it.

nauticant Fri 06-Jan-17 11:08:16

she actually has a very good job in business development , which I believe is a fancy names for sales.

This surely is the complete answer. Hopefully she'll step back from this PROMOTE ME! approach to even the most innocuous of interactions.

DearMrDilkington Fri 06-Jan-17 11:11:35

I'm hoping to be even more successful in 2017

That's brilliantgrin. I'd have just replied "good luck with that".grin

TheAntiBoop Fri 06-Jan-17 11:18:25

How about replying 'good job Donald!'

dollydaydream114 Fri 06-Jan-17 11:23:46

This isn't a Young People Today thing ... sounds more like a People Who Are Massively Full Of Themselves And Need To Chill The Fuck Out thing to me.

You should have replied back and said 'Sorry, I think some of your message was missing! I only got the bit where you told me how great you were, and not the bit that wished me a happy new year too or thanked me for my greeting.'

She totally does sound like someone who would be on The Apprentice.

Kr1stina Fri 06-Jan-17 11:28:34

Nauticant - you are right about "promote me " . When you ask " How's work?" she replies

" Well I'm currently Head Of Sales in the UK and they want to promote me to Head Of Europe. But there's no one senior enough to interview me here so I need to wait until the Chied Executive of the World is in London. So it won't be for a few months yet."

Meanwhile my kids sit sniggering at her ( because they watch The Apprentice - honest subtitles ) and I sip my tea politely and say " that's nice dear " .

DH is well impressed because he's a man and very gullible

paxillin Fri 06-Jan-17 11:32:07

Wow, she'll be promoted to "God" soon enough!

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