A woman left maxi pads in the back of her parked car at work. Then she got in trouble with her boss. Career advice columnist Alison Green of Ask a Manager was flummoxed by a recent question sent in by a female reader. The woman had a bag of items in her car, including maxi pads. She was called in to HR and was written up, for not being more discrete with her personal belongings. The woman asked for advice from Green, who, along with many of her readers, was outraged that she would be period-shamed at work — particularly over a private purchase.