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Miss Conduct

Accidental intrusion

Overhearing difficult conversations at work. Plus, gifts for the once and future married.

> I recently walked into the break room to find a tearful colleague (with whom I am friendly but not friends) telling another that her daughter is very ill. Feeling awkward, I walked past them, quietly got some tea, and quickly left. Am I horrible for not stopping to share some kind words? Or would it have been rude to intrude?

D.P. / Andover

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