New Coworker Jokes About Wife as 'Ball and Chain' – Concern or Overreaction? 😳

Diply Social Team
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We've all heard the old-school jokes about spouses being 'ball and chains,' but how would you react if a new coworker made such a joke? One 21-year-old found themselves in this exact situation during a happy hour with colleagues. The coworker, Sean, joked about lying to his wife to go out for beers, as she 'wouldn't let him out.' The protagonist, a little tipsy and concerned, decided to ask Sean if he was okay, leading to an awkward exchange. Did they read the room wrong, or was their concern justified? Let's dive into the story. 🍻😬

Happy Hour with Coworkers 🍻

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Sean's 'Ball and Chain' Jokes 😳

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A Little Drunk and Worried 🥴

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Abusive Past Comes to Mind 😔

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Asking Sean If He's Okay 😟

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21 and Single, Doesn't Get It 🤷

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Sean's Confusion 😕

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"You Know Women..." 🙄

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Conversation Changes Topics 🔄

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Embarrassing the New Guy? 😳

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Not Getting the 'Relatable' Bit 🤔

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Cringy and Sexist Joke? 🤨

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Concerned or Overreacting? The Verdict 🤷‍♀️

So, was our protagonist right to be concerned, or did they just misread the situation? It's a tough call, as the 'ball and chain' joke is undeniably outdated and cringy. However, it's also possible that Sean was just trying to fit in and make light of his situation. One thing's for sure, this happy hour was anything but ordinary! Let's see what the internet thinks of this situation... 🍻🤔

"Wait, your wife keeps you captive? You hate her and see her as your jailer? Do you need help, sir??" 😂

lightwoodorchestra | lightwoodorchestra

Middle-aged guy jokes about wife, but others find it offensive 😳

TypicalTeapot | TypicalTeapot

NTA. Genuine concern about coworker's sexist joke about wives.

Substantial_Recipe67 | Substantial_Recipe67

NTA for calling out cringy and sexist jokes. 👏

mckinnos | mckinnos

NTA. Calling out harmful jokes and promoting healthy relationships 👏

mkhorn | mkhorn

NTA: Toxic relationships disguised as 'marriage'. Best to avoid drama.

Insta_Saddie | Insta_Saddie

Showing compassion vs. callousness: the awkwardness of misreading situations 😳

Phreno-Logical | Phreno-Logical

NTA. Shutting down sexist jokes with perfect comeback. 😳

hollowstars | hollowstars

NTA. Toxic behavior disguised as tired jokes about marriage. 😳

e-elegia | e-elegia

NTA. 'Ball and chain' jokes are outdated and offensive. 🙅‍♀️

princess-sauerkraut | princess-sauerkraut

Hilarious sketch-worthy situation! You're not the a**hole, he is 🤣

filmkritter | filmkritter

Parenting and household responsibilities can be overwhelming. 😳

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Calling out sexist trope, tired of hearing complaints about relationships. 😳

Finchfarmerquilts | Finchfarmerquilts

NTA: Spot on and hilariously unintentional 😂

Calmandwise | Calmandwise

NTA: Marriage jokes need to stop. It's unhealthy. 😳

PurpleDot0 | PurpleDot0

Engaging comment highlights potential reasons for coworker's behavior 😳

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Lesson learned about respectful communication in relationships. 🙌

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Hilarious comic about straight people - are they really okay? 😂

dontgetcutewithme | dontgetcutewithme

NTA: Calling out toxic jokes and standing up for respect! 💪

uhno28 | uhno28

NAH. Dude makes sexist joke, dumps kids on wife without warning. NTA.

astrobuckeye | astrobuckeye

Empathy and caution needed when addressing potential abuse. 🙏

Final_Commission4160 | Final_Commission4160

NTA, you handled it well 👏

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