Welcome back to I’m Right, You’re Wrong, where I present a situation and ask you to weigh in.
To preserve the integrity of the responses, I don’t reveal which side I’m on, due to the ego-maniacal and delusional belief that everyone would rush to agree with me.
Situation leading to the disagreement:
A few months I was peeling an orange and a co-worker said “ooh! An orange! I love oranges!” so because I’m not a savage, I offered her a few sections and she happily accepted. The next time I was peeling an orange, I offered her some again and she said “no thanks.” But then the third time she accepted. The next few times were a “no” followed by a sudden “yes”. There doesn’t seem to be a pattern to her orange acceptance/rejection. I’m guessing it’s diabolically based on whether she “feels like” having an orange.
Dilemma: Am I obligated to offer this person orange sections for the rest of my life? Should I be eating oranges in the bathroom so no one can see? When does orange season end, anyway, so that I can transition to non-sectioned, unsuitable for sharing fruit?
Disagreers: Marinka and a friend.
Position One: Once the pattern of offering has started, there’s no way to stop it without it being some kind of a statement. So until the last orange has been eaten, keep offering sections!
Position Two: This is insanity. She’s probably accepting because she feels pressured to. Stop offering. The scurvy epidemic is over.