Conference no-show

You and a colleague were sent out of town to attend a two-day work-related conference in Banff. On the flight there, you and your colleague joke about how you were getting a free ski holiday and that you should take the rental car and tour around and have fun instead of going to the boring conference. You did not mean what you said and you thought it was understood that you were just sharing a joke.

The next morning during the first break at the conference, your colleague suggests that you both take off and go skiing. You disagree and make it clear that you feel you should attend the conference. Your colleague seemed to let it drop.

After lunch, however, you return to the conference and you realize that your colleague is not there, nor does he respond that night when you call the room. You attend the next day of the conference and again, your colleague is nowhere in sight. It is a small conference and there is no way that your colleague could have attended without you seeing him.

As you get ready to check out of the hotel at the end of the conference, your colleague calls you about sharing a taxi to the airport and you return to work together with no mention of his whereabouts over the past couple of days.

Back in the office, your manager sends an invitation to meet with you and your colleague to talk about the conference. Your colleague goes by your desk and says to you, “Hey, I’m just going to let you talk in the meeting.” and walks ahead into the manager’s office.

You, your manager and your co-worker meet and you abide by your co-worker’s wishes in answering the manager’s questions regarding the conference. What should you do?

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