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Thank you gifts banned

Thanking someone with a box of chocolates isn’t so simple anymore, with workplace bans on receiving gifts.

Nuriootpa pensioner, Mr Roger Hooton discovered the rule when nurses were unable to accept his thank you gifts after a recent stint at the Angaston & District Hospital.

Following five emergency hospital trips, Mr Hooton purchased boxes of $10 chocolates to thank those who kept his spirits high.

However, he was told any gifts must be given as a cash donation to the hospital’s general funds.

“It is all wrong,” Mr Hooton said.

“I have no family and each time I have been in hospital, the doctors and nurses have really kept me going.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with giving them a small gift to say ‘Thanks, you cheered me up and I appreciate you helping me out’.”

While Mr Hooton made a cash contribution to the hospital, he wanted to thank those who directly assisted him including the trainee nurses, who would not benefit from the donation.

“I am finding this problem everywhere I go,” he said.

“I feel it is wrong to say thank you to anyone now.”

Many organisations have found it necessary to adopt a gift policy, which means many employees are now unable to accept gifts.

For the full story, grab May 29 edition of The Leader.