My partner started watching videos about guns, first person shooter games, and hitler. Every single day during his lunch. At his desk. In an open office. Am I being sensitive or is that SUPER weird??

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Please monitor carefully. Take a look at his social profile to see what he might be sharing, and, please notice any erratic behavior and to report to HR just in case

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Yeah bruh it’s just a little hitler and bloodshed with lunch. 🙄

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If I saw anything in an office environment that led me to suspect someone was a potentially violent threat (such as watching hateful or violent content in a performative way) I would immediately alert HR.

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Wasn’t there a (multiple-award-winning) commercial just like this, but in a school? Did anyone catch the client’s name?

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@SAD1 - bullshit. The intent of a gun is to hunt/kill or to deter via threat of violence/projection of force. The intent of a car is to transport. You cannot equate the two simply because they are legal.

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Had this close friend who was an ad filmmaker, very liberal guy. i recently saw hes gone complete nationalist bashing all minorities and women on social media..it was kinda heartbreaking to see someone so radicalised

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Remember guns are legal. It may be creepy to you to see someone watch videos about guns but ultimately it’s the same as watching videos about cars. You just find their interest reprehensible, and I get that, but there’s nothing wrong with watching gun videos. In fact I have co-workers who are gun owners. They’re totally sane

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You don’t have to explain what guns do. They sell them at Walmart. They’re legal. I don’t like it but they are and it’s not really all that weird to watch gun videos. Or to like FPS games. You may be grossly over-reacting.

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Everyone gets in Internet rabbit holes. Relax.

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He could be watching someone like FPS Russia YouTube (super popular, brand influencer & funny gun guy), Twitch (first person video game) and then a History Channel episode (Hitler).

If it’s “How to” vids, massacre clips, or other dark web stuff then sure. But nothing to see here unless we get more deets.

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Was he watching Man In The High Castle? That show is good 😩.

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We just had active shooter training at our office and they said this is pattern #1 of people who carry out mass shootings...

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The first two go together. Some FPS games have real world weapons and they may or may not be looking up videos related to the actual real life weapons to enhance their video game experience.
And as far as hitler videos - what kind of hitler video? Remember the History Channel used to literally be all hitler videos all the time a decade ago. I would be careful before you go all hysterical on them. You may end up looking like an ass

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It is weird. And disturbing. Someone should talk to him - and if there’s no change in behavior report him to HR. Making the workplace a disturbing and uncomfortable place is exactly the sort of issue HR is supposed to address quickly.

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Maybe ask him?

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Sure, let’s “Minority Report” all of our watch histories

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SC1 look I get what you’re saying here but sorry, anything involving guns and the safety of many take precedence

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^ makes me cry every time

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I asked him about it nonchalantly and he said that he’s just into history and how it’s made stuff, which is totally cool. But like this is a sudden change after almost a year of watching comedy religiously...and even after I tried to hint that it was odd it continued. I’m like 99% sure it’s harmless and I’m way overreacting. But. What. If. I’m. Not.

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Asked and answered, OP. (By your partner.)

But now, imagine being the person going to HR with this. They’ll most likely suggest you break up as a pair. Maybe dude will be let go.

Then he’ll be wildly confused, and after your most recent conversation, he’d assume you spoke up. Which is fine, I guess, because you’re all skeezed out by him.

The fact that he answered you and we have no idea which types of videos were so offensive means there’s nothing anyone here can help you with.

I’d want egregious, red flag videos - you know it as “proof” - before opening this up.

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