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How long do they have to say thanks?
2-3 minutes 18%  18%  [ 8 ]
2-3 hours 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
2-3 days 49%  49%  [ 22 ]
2-3 weeks 31%  31%  [ 14 ]
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 Post subject: Thank You Etiquette
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:10 pm 
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At what point after knowing that the receiver has received the gift do you start the countdown for when you're going to drop them from your life entirely if they don't say thank you or in any way acknowledge how awesome of a gift giver you are?

I'll be honest, it's been 2-3 hours and I'm hanging somewhere near pressing 'send' on this "you're dead to me" text.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:12 pm 
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Delivered in person? You best be saying thank you while unwrapping.

Delivered remotely, I dunno, by the next time I see you in person and/or speak to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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haha. i usually like to know that someone has received something, but i kind of don't care. if i can track that they got it that's all that matters. i mean, of course it's NICE if they say thank you, but it doesn't make me hate them. this is because as a child, my aunt and uncle didn't send me a birthday present one year because the previous year i forgot to send a thank you card so after being scarred for life i have decided not to care about thank yous.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:15 pm 
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haha. i usually like to know that someone has received something, but i kind of don't care. if i can track that they got it that's all that matters. i mean, of course it's NICE if they say thank you, but it doesn't make me hate them. this is because as a child, my aunt and uncle didn't send me a birthday present one year because the previous year i forgot to send a thank you card so after being scarred for life i have decided not to care about thank yous.

Me too. I've received gifts where I'm immeasurably grateful and probably crying in the moment, but if it is not a time where I can contact the person I might take a while to acknowledge. That makes me feel pretty guilty, but I don't mind when others do it to me (as long as I know they received it) so it doesn't hurt my feelings on that end.


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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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It was dog toys so there are most likely some tears of joy.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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thanking people has gotten a lot easier since email and texting, thank goodness. my uncle and aunt had a thing where i HAD to send a card. even if I verbally thanked them over the phone that wasn't good enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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At least you learned an important lesson. Don't trust your aunt and uncle.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Maybe there's confusion because I addressed it to the dog.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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No more dog toys until the dog sends you a letter.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Fee wrote:
It was dog toys so there are most likely some tears of joy.

That ups the ante a bit. It's not like the dogs have a swamped inbox, so the immediacy should be respected by the humans. Or are you really just looking for a hug from the dog? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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My cats would have at LEAST puked on our welcome mat by now if they had received a toy. Dogs are so rude.


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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Would it help if vijita mailed you her cat's puke from the welcome mat?

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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It couldn't hurt the situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Yeah I would be happy to do that. It's black and grey. A nice colour scheme for supergluing onto cardstock.


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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Have you made a vague passive aggressive Facebook status about it yet? I think if they don't thank you after reading it, then they are dead to you. Make sure it's clear though, preferably tagging them in it so they don't miss it. And tag their dog too, so s/he knows as well. They are probably just passing the toys off as gifts from them and the poor dog is being completely misled.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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you may have to wait til the dewclaws evolve enough to use as thumbs so they can text a thankyou. It might be a while, you might want to grab something to drink.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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The tracking said "left with individual" which brings up even more questions - human individual or canine? What individual? An individual from inside the house or outside the house? One time the fed ex guy tried to deliver my neighbor's computer to me and just have me give it to the neighbor when they got home but I had to be like "uhh that kind of makes me uncomfortable, I don't really know him, so ...no" what if it was that type of situation and now a STRANGER has the dog toys? Do I start the countdown later? Maybe the mailman saw the dog, opened the package and started playing with the dog and the toys together to try to overcome that mailman-dog stereotype? I mean there's so many possibilities, this is why people should just say thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Ugh, maybe I should just drive there and see for myself. So help me god if I find that forking mailman playing with those toys.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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vijita wrote:
Yeah I would be happy to do that. It's black and grey. A nice colour scheme for supergluing onto cardstock.

I'm feeling an etsy shop in your future.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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what if it was that type of situation and now a STRANGE CAT has the dog toys? .

i sense treachery.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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It depends on what it is and who it's from! From someone I can easily text or Facebook? I say thank you nearly immediately. My grandma-in-law sending me a birthday card with a small cheque in it (which, btw, is so cute and sweet)? I might go a couple days before I call.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Frequent texters and in person seers AND FB friends. I think the only logical explanation is a conspiracy

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Deliberately trying to drive you insane. Or the postman stole the toys and the dog.

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 Post subject: Re: Thank You Etiquette
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Fee wrote:
Frequent texters and in person seers AND FB friends. I think the only logical explanation is a conspiracy


The crucial question here is if they've been in touch since you know the package was delivered. And even then, maybe they are away from home while texting/FBing with you and like you said, maybe the mail carrier left it with a weird neighbor or something. I say give them the benefit of the doubt until you know FER SURE.

Then if you can confirm definitively and beyond a shadow of a doubt that they're just ungrateful forkers, BURN IT DOWN

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No, haven't been in touch. Which is why I'm a little iffy on whether I should start sending death threats right away or just wait a day or two because they might not even be in town. I mean I haven't even gotten to my morbid "maybe they're all dead in the house" stage yet so there's ample time for me to make it weird in the coming days.

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