Employee Furious Over CEO Christmas Donation Request

by : Emily Brown on : 04 Dec 2021 14:24

A worker took to social media to vent their frustrations after being asked to donate money for their CEO’s Christmas present. 

It’s no secret that those with the title ‘chief’ typically earn more than others in the company, with the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) often being among the highest paid.


With that in mind, many employees look forward to the prospect of receiving a Christmas or end-of-year bonus from the higher ups in recognition of the year’s work. However, one worker found themselves in the reverse position when they received an email asking them to pitch in money for the CEO and CTO.

Envelope with money (Pexels)Pexels

In a post shared on Reddit, the worker claimed the request had come from Human Resources, who had asked staff to ‘pitch in $20 for Christmas presents’.

Expressing their fury at the request, they commented: ‘I just f*cking can’t. That money is going to my kids, not to the fat cats at the top who make at least 5x what I make on any given month. Buy your own damn presents.’


The request proved so bizarre that many Redditors responded to the post to ask whether it was real, prompting the worker to share an image of the HR email as proof.

Email asking employees to pitch in (Imgur)Imgur

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They wrote: 

A lot of you are asking if this is real. The only proof I’m comfortable sharing is this redacted screenshot of the email. Take it or leave it. I’m not trying to defend or dissuade anyone.

It’s just a thing that p*ssed me off and I felt like sharing with the group. I don’t hate working here, but I do hate this kind of attitude toward employees, with families, at Christmas time.


The Redditor later revealed that they had told the relevant people they ‘won’t be pitching in’ for the Christmas gifts, and that thankfully ‘most of them understand’ where they are coming from.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Life, CEO, Christmas, Christmas Presents, Gifts, Presents, Reddit


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