Free BlueJays Tix I once received, and couldn't use.
For whatever reasons, I recalled a time when I was given a pair of baseball tickets - at work.
I was a year and half into a new job, and my fellow friendly young guy supervisor speaks to me while at the washroom during the lunch break. Hey buddy, do you wanna see the Jays' Game tonight? I said sure.
A couple hours go by and then he drops by my desk and hands me two tickets. "Two tickets?" I queried. Oh, he wasn't going to the game himself, the company owned season tickets. I had absolutely no idea of this; not a word had I heard of these company tickets before. Disappointed, I had naturally assumed 'if I was being casually invited' - only upon the same day, early afternoon, - then... I'm merely a last-minute chair-fill invite, and I was okay with that!
So anyway, I then call up a former good guy I used to work with - someone I knew as a quasi-workmate / office friend that (likely) still worked nearby the stadium. Things are set. I have a sudden pair of baseball tickets, and I'll get to share my unexpected treat with a rare good chum I had grown distant from.
Five O'clock approaches.
The Executive boss announces to me and the supervisor, that the 'three of us' need to work late - to adjust the budget. It was only about a 7-8 person department. My tasks had been changed over recently, and I wasn't yet privy to the overall timetable details. Nothing so immediate was on my schedule. Why the extra workload upon that night, while neither the next nor prior evening? So I called up my old chum to cancel. I don't remember working late on any other nights that budget season (nor for a bunch of future budget seasons.)
Two and a half hours later, the Executive asks, "hey didn't you have the baseball tickets for tonight?". I thought so, but then I needed to stay late. The Executive then tells me, "Sorry, you should catch the rest of the game." I went, noticed who was pitching for a couple of middle innings, got the gist of the stadium environment, then left. I figured I would be asked about the game the next day.
Some years later I ended up with 2/3rds of my job activities shifted to others having only half of my 'informal seniority' in a corp. merger realignment, having never once received a transfer nor modest promotion. A year earlier the same Executive (with the one HR person and a manager) gave a privately unannounced promotion to one of my newer co-workers - while never loading her with the extra job duties, since I was still handling more tasks and openly helping her along every week as not one item she did was a task I hadn't previously performed. She also received a second promotion, publicly, within the realignment. 2/3rds of my job gone and moved to an distantly* outer GTA location with no travel costs adjustment; I was excluded from the corporate layoff with a severance plan; which I then requested. That event's eve was only how I learned of her first promotion.
* One of about five, maybe six, varied locations, which the overall corporation were maintaining... throughout all of the GTA. I once asked the top brass, in a one-time corporate wide meeting, about this so as I might have at least considered buying an entry-level home reasonably towards any one section of the GTA. Not that I could afford to swing a mortgage offer, having already saved earnestly of what very little I did receive as salary - with no pension contributions.
I also previously complained of that woman's unwanted touching 'of me' in the office. She was always stroking my arms and cooing towards me - never clarifying what her marital status was etc. Afterwards, I figured she was only attempting to lure me into a 'firing trap'. I was no prime looker. Even the (same) Executive would gigglingly ask me - when both of us were in the washroom, "hey, what's her deal? Is she married or single..." I still didn't know.
Anyway, when Spring came around that time of the baseball 'freebie', the company gave me two tickets, in advance, for the second game of the season. I ended up going to that game alone, unable to reconnect to my former chum I had to disappoint that previous late Aug. /September.