At least, that seemed to be the thinking at last year’s Boy Scout Troop “yankee gift swap” (or whatever they’re called: you draw numbers; #1 picks a wrapped gift and opens it, #2 picks a wrapped gift and can either open it, or grab #1’s gift etc.).
This year, the go-to gifts were apparently a set of rubbermaid-type cooking spatulas, and the ever-so-fun Barbie doll.
Did I mention, this is a BOY SCOUT party???
Needless to say, the poor fellows who opened each of these items got stuck with them.
What. The. Fuck? It is SUCH a dickish move to bring something like this to a BOY Scout party.
I found about this year’s loot when I noticed some new spatulas in our utensil jar. I asked Typo Knig about them, and he said Dweezil got them in the exchange. Dweezil, not unreasonably, was mad and tossed them on the ground in the parking lot; Typo Knig said “I understand, but we don’t litter” so he salvaged them. Heck, we needed 'em anyway.
Then they told me about the Barbie.
And as with last year’s charming prezzie, I am very :mad: on behalf of the poor fellow who got stuck with it. Hell, as disappointing as the spatulas were, at least we could argue that they might be used for meal prep for a campout (but with all-plastic handles, I wouldn’t try it!).
I don’t know if they’ll even do this swap in the future - I sure hope not. If they do, I would suggest that each boy has to hand it to an adult when he arrives, and have the adult write down who brought what. Information to be kept strictly confidential unless some crap turns up (in which case, process of elimination would show who lied about what he brought).