You might want to think about saying something.
I have a feeling I'm going to get a lot of heat for admitting this (please remember, I'm just being honest!
), but in an attempt to be "funny," I say stuff like your DON said all the time. Usually, believe it or not, it's out of affection for the person. I'ts never never never
to be a bully, although it's often taken that way - which I hate & which makes me feel horrible about myself.
I can totally hear myself saying exactly what your DON said, picking someone that's an excellent employee, that doesn't always take her scheduled breaks (as opposed to others that do) & in sarcasm
, making it sound like she's the problem, when it's probably pretty obvious that the reason for the new rule is because of other people (although, I don't think I would have added the "you're so easy" comment).
I always always always
feel like absolute crap:smackingf when I realize that I've actually hurt someone's feelings, or that they took me seriously. It doesn't happen often - I've improved greatly on waiting until someone knows me well enough before I joke around with them - 99% of the time everyone knows I'm kidding & thinks it's funny. But, yeah, I was the queen of Foot-in-Mouth for awhile there.
I can't speak for the DON, but she might have said that because your co-workers are really abusing their breaks & she was too afraid to actually single them out, so she chose someone not in violation of the policy as a round-about-way of getting her point across - to emphasize her point, without actually pointing her finger @ the guilty parties. You've only been there 5 months, so maybe she said it in an attempt to joke around with you to get to know you better.
I think you should say something because otherwise, it'll just keep continuing, without her knowing that she really offended you. Or (as is the usual in my case), it'll just keep continuing until you get used to her sense of humor & your feelings will just continue to get hurt in the meantime. I have a number of friends who tell me they didn't know how to take me when they first met me, but they totally get my sense of humor now.