I have been contacted by recruiters on Linkedin, though I have't pursued those opportunities. However, Linkedin has been helpful to me in the following ways: 1) When I was applying for one position, I checked whether I had any connections to the company, and found that one of my 1st degree connections had connections to two people in the same role as I was applying for. My connection reached out to her connections, and one of them spoke with me over an hour on the phone about the position, and also offered to refer me to the company. Though I wasn't ultimately offered the position, I did make it through the first round interview, and I found it really helpful to talk to someone doing the type of work I ultimately want to do. 2) I connected on Linkedin to someone I met at a public speaking workshop. Her profile showed she's done a lot of interesting jobs and projects in my field. I contacted her asking to pick her brain about her career path. She's also forwarded me information about other groups and networking opportunities that I have found very useful. 3) When I've applied for jobs and gone through background checks, it's been immensely helpful for me to be able to refer to my former supervisor's/coworker's/contact's Linkedin profiles to confirm their contact info and current employment (when they're updated, of course).
"More and more, however, I feel like a thief." There's a reason for that.
It's actually against proper business etiquette to "gift up," i.e. a subordinate giving a gift to her superior. Gifts should flow downward in this context. Your boss should feel uncomfortable about receiving gifts from his staff, especially at that price point, especially at his income level. Alison Green at Ask A Manager (http://www.askamanager.org) has a few recent posts up about how to deal with gift-giving in the office, including how to handle group gifts to the boss. Hope this helps!
@DarlingMagpie She wrote in the article that initially, her parents said they would pay for it. It was not until after they took out these loans that they told her they would not pay for it. I don't think it's naive to assume your parents are telling you the truth.
@EvanDeSimone I've seen carpet cleaners for rent at a Giant supermarket before. Maybe check your local (larger) supermarkets? Possibly also a hardware/home improvement store (i.e. Ace, Lowes, Home Depot).
@wearitcounts One of my friends did that to me on my birthday dinner! Fortunately, I wasn't covering people's food (we were at a restaurant), but it was pretty rude. Plus, the extra person has been rude to other acquaintances at parties we've attended, which is why I specifically did not invite her. (Fortunately, there were no issues this time.)
@WaityKatie I assumed that she's also eating food that she had previously purchased. This doesn't look like a comprehensive list of her diet, just meals she's spent money on in the last few days.
"To buy a burrito when I got off the boss because I was hungry and “deserved” it (didn’t buy burrito)" I realize this was a simple typo, but it is HILARIOUS. I also loved the rest of this article, of course.
@aok I get your frustrations, but I do find it interesting that you give Balk something of a pass because he is depressed, when Logan also suffers from depression (which she's mentioned several times on this site), and you do seem much harsher toward her. Despite the fact that "inability to grow, or to learn, or to change her life in a way that she can stop fucking over her friends," are also pretty common problems for those suffering from depression (at least, they were for me).