I was out having drinks with a bunch of people from work recently, and a man – who outranks me in the organization but is not my direct boss – said something very crass about my appearance. I ignored him and walked away. He was very drunk. The next day, I laughingly mentioned the incident to my supervisor and she was appalled. She thinks I should report him to HR. He’s not my boss now, she said, but he could be down the line, and in any case it is totally inappropriate to make sexual remarks of any sort to underlings. I think he’s just a pathetic old dude who wouldn’t hurt a flea. Even if he is gross, he thought he was being complimentary. I’d just as soon not make a big deal about it. Who’s right?
— Hot Stuff