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By insensitive prick - / Monday 19 August 2013 19:04 / United States - Tinley Park
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I don't get how they can actually blame him. You can usually tell the difference between a genuine, curious question and a question that's used to piss someone off purposely.

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Idk. If everyone there knew, it makes it kinda surprising that OP didn't. I'm not saying Op deserved it at all, but at the same time I believe that if that many people knew it, then it shouldn't have been hard for OP to have found out sooner.

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Not necessarily. It's possible OP could have recently started this job which would be another reason why they would have not known. Also, it could have been that the work gossip never reached OP even if they were there for a long time. Just because everyone else knows doesn't give them the right to assume OP would know as well. Not everyone pays attention or cares about work gossip / drama.

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@58, I'm guessing if OP was new to the company if he wasn't aware of something that was common knowledge. I agree that it really isn't any of OP's business, but he probably was just trying to start up a conversation or something. It was really an honest mistake. And it really is sad that divorce is so common.

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I think 58 is referring to the fact that divorce rates are high enough that a family missing a mom or dad shouldn't warrant a question. Unless OP's coworker mentioned the wife prior, there's no reason to assume a current marriage. That's why I put a YDI

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Your brilliant comeback should have been, "Ha, ha, ha, at least she's not dead! Right?" That would have made everyone laugh and laugh -- especially the kids! Try it!

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Yea, sooo not your fault, who cares what they think. You didn't know and it's quite stupid of them to think just because they knew, you would. Don't worry OP they'll get over it and if you care enough of what they think, than your explanation should be enough.

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