Cry Baby of the Week

Someone seriously needs to build a bridge and get over it.

Look at this cry baby who is having a sook in the courts over a Secret santa present 2 years ago.

A former Canberra public servant has told how his career was ruined by a heartless “Secret Santa” prankster.

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu says he never got over the cruel gift he was given by an anonymous colleague in Christmas 2012.

Ngoc was working as an economic modeller when he was targeted by the unnamed colleague with a present that clearly implied his economic modelling work was animal poo.

As part of his team’s Kris Kringle, Ngoc was presented with a plastic reindeer.

“When you press its tail it gives you a chocolate dropping, and a play dough with handwritten words ‘Luan’s modelling kit’,” the economist said.

Teehee, that’s funny. I once gave a stinky work colleague some underarm and soap.

But wait…someone wants to be outraged and a victim.

“I was shocked and very upset.

“That really spoiled the joy of the division’s Christmas lunch so I quit halfway through it.

Teehee, that’s funny.

“I had many sleepless nights after that, and always felt heartbroken when going to work the following days.”

Things got worse when colleagues told Ngoc that the anonymous joker might have been one of his bosses.

“The problem is the present is from a Secret Santa so I do not know who gave it to me so that we can talk it over,” Ngoc said.

Oh get over yourself.

Whining about sleepless nights sounds like just the sort of things professional whingers and vexatious complainers say to useful idiots like the Privacy Commission state.

But claiming sleepless nights over a Secret Santa present is pathetic.

After a break for Christmas and New Year, Ngoc returned to work but could not shake the feeling that he had been targeted and things were never the same.

“When I returned to work, the bad feelings came back,” he said.

“Why should I be offended and why should my profession be offended by someone who I think would know very little about economic and financial modelling to have such a low regard for the profession?”

When a round of redundancies came in June 2013, the economist says he put up his hand “with a heavy heart”.

“Now, 2014 Christmas is coming and … I still cannot escape from the sad feelings that Secret Santa forced on me two years ago,” Ngoc said.

Still crying a river of tears years later. Took the cash and ran, now looking to sup some more from the greivance trough.

He said his experience should act as a warning to public servants and other office workers that “harmless pranks” can have long-lasting effects on colleagues’ feelings and even their careers.

“Please be aware that beside all the physical and sexual and health and accidental danger zones of public service Christmas parties, there is the long psychological danger I am suffering for taking part in something like the Secret Santa which I mistakenly think it should be fun for everyone to take part at Christmas time,” Ngoc said.

What a sook…he needs some advice from Steve Hughes:


– Fairfax



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  • Whafe

    Concrete pills are really cheap, make sure you dont get the cancer causing concrete pills….
    Give me strength…..
    I have a feet phobia, what do I get at secret santa wotk things, without a doubt it is something shaped like a foot….
    What a pathetic world it can be…..

  • RightofSingapore

    Dear Mr Ho Trieu:
    Scout out a location, get a resource consent, hire some workers, comply with OSH requirements, source the materials, appoint the engineers, wait for suitable weather, consult the local iwi, get an environmental impact report, form a committee-then when all that is done, finally build a bridge and get over it! By the time you’re done you would have forgotten all about toy poos.

  • Betty Swallocks

    I wish I still worked, I would be absolutely stoked to get something like that!

  • Luis Cannon

    I suggest he balance his books by giving a nice Valentines gift to someone he has feelings for.

  • Mags

    “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Chris EM

    I love these Cry Baby of the Week posts.
    When things start to get on top of me and I start feeling down, these make me realise some people have it sooo, so, so much worse than I.

  • Eiselmann

    Obviously its the worse thing that has ever happened to him….if I received a gift that I didn’t like and it was the worst thing that happened to me , say today, then it would be a good day…heaven help this guy if something actually horrible occurred in his life.

  • steve and monique

    Oh I know what you mean Ngoc, I am constantly kept awake on the 24th December every year with thoughts of some fat guy wearing an unflattering shade of red attempting to slide his way down a blocked off chimney and waking the kids and expecting milk and biscuits for his breaking and entering – inconsiderate! As my five year old would say “Suck it up cupcake”. If that’s all it takes to give you sleepless nights, hows about i hand you some issues to really keep you up. What the heck is an economic modeller anyway? Maybe Santa will give you a spine for Christmas, if he hasn’t used them up on all the other PC panty waisted sooks out there. Harden up.

  • Ben

    I was given a penknife a few years back. I now realise my colleagues were hinting I should slit my wrists. I wonder how much the mental anguish was worth.

  • Rodger T

    How and where does the media find these Tinkerbells?

  • Captain Darling

    I once gave a colleague, who shall we say is tight with his money, an old wallet wrapped in cobwebs, it bought the house down.

  • Jono

    What a sookie sookie la la. Instead of being offended as he chose to do, he could have chosen to see the funny side and saw that the gift was a joke and an endearment. Silly.

  • jonno1

    I love the version where your gift can be “stolen” up to three times, then it’s safe. I once scored a USB-powered cup warmer by employing a cunning strategy that involved getting rid of my Ferrero Rocher chocolates (which I can’t stand). As for sleepless nights, for me it’s Head, Pillow, Sleep.

  • Saggy

    I will be banned for every possible reason if I comment on this.