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Miss Conduct

Advice on third wheels and forced gifts

Dealing with a friend who invites another person. Plus, retirement party dilemmas.

> I have a good friend whom I meet for dinner, shopping, and the like. She initiates these get-togethers, and then usually brings a friend whom I have never met before. I find this annoying and awkward. Is there any polite way to let her know this drives me absolutely nuts?

A.P. / Lancaster

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