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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 19:05 IST

Unusual Christmas Bonus: Employee Receives Baked Potato and Gets Taxed

Reactions Pour In as Employee Shares Unconventional Christmas Bonus on Social Media.

Garvit Parashar
Employee Receives Baked Potato
Employee Receives Baked Potato | Image:Twitter: @amandajpanda
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In a surprising turn of events, a woman recently revealed that her company bestowed upon her a unique Christmas bonus – a baked potato. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), she expressed her astonishment at the unconventional gift and shared that she was also being taxed for it, as the company valued the potato at $15. The post, made by Amanda B, quickly went viral.

"My work is doing a potato bar as our Christmas bonus. I'm literally getting a hospital potato as a bonus," Amanda B exclaimed in her post. She further disclosed, "They also said it has a $15 value, so it will be taxed on our next check. Does anyone need an assistant so I can just quit right now?" In a thread, she pondered, "This is my Charlie Brown villain origin story. People telling me to start a fight or a riot, girl, I need my job. Idk, you guys, do I show up with Tupperware and just get my $$$$ worth in sour cream?"

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However, Amanda acknowledged that the potato bar was an improvement over the previous year's gift, which was a 30-minute video conference call with the company's executives. "This is an improvement from the 30 minute Wexbex with leadership as our gift last year. It was a Webex because the year before they had to be in the same room with us and they're too good and not doing that again," she said.

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She went on to explain, "A potato bar is baked potatoes with toppings. Also, this was what they decided after deciding frito pies were too expensive because the turkey chili would cost too much and after striking a beverage bar of water hot chocolate and apple cider was a no-go due to drink policies."

Since Amanda's post was shared, it has generated a range of reactions on social media.

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"I may be dumb, but are you saying that your company is giving employees loaded baked potatoes as Christmas gifts, and you must declare them as income?" queried a user.

"I'm from Idaho, ain't no potato on the face of the earth worth $15," commented another.

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Another individual added, "The worst Christmas gift of 2023 is a potato. Bonus: It's from a hospital. Double bonus: Employees are taxed on the value."

"Ah, I can just feel the Christmas spirit emanating around me....kindness and generosity everywhere..." remarked a user.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 18:48 IST

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