I'm part of small organization and this more or less represents my position in the org structure in my part of the company
Bob(3)/ Me(1)/ Alice(2)/ Sam(1.5)/ Person1/ . . John(1)/ James(1)/ Joe(1)/ Intern-1(0)
Because Alice's team are the devs and I am an internal tools and infra guy I am not in Alice team but report to Bob, but Alice is something like my dotted line boss. She tracks my deliverables and I attend her team's meetings
Recently, our office took part in some holiday activities. One of which was a gift game that has gained popularity in recent years, called "White Elephant". (Think secret santa but as a game - at the end everyone has a gift and you need to send the gift you contribute to the person who won it).
The key difference is that this game was played remotely, and the people that are to exchange gifts are to sort the delivery by themselves.
One of my colleagues was off this week, which also happened to be the last week of an intern he was mentoring. So I was unofficially (asked to by the colleague who was away) to help his intern with any issues while he was away. The intern expressed a desire to participate in the White Elephant game. I told him that as an intern he had no obligation to participate or buy anything, and even if he did I asked to keep it small considering he was just a kid.
However after seeing the 20-40$ gifts others were planning to buy he went ahead bought a 40$ gift. After the game was over another senior colleague of mine, say Sam, decided not actually follow through with the gift he was supposed to buy. The recipient of Sam's gift was supposed to be the intern and of the intern's gift was supposed to be Sam. Sam doesn't seem to care that he's breaking the rules of the game and he just blew off the whole idea without a thought and is going about his day, eventhough he just got a 40$ gift from the intern!
The intern never got his gift and I feel terrible about it, also I don't think it's right what Sam is doing. However how do you even complain about something like this? I don't want to create office drama and I have half a mind to just buy the intern something.
But I'm also worried that doing so would make Sam look bad and he might take offense to it. I am also unsure if I should approach him to make him see why what he did is wrong. I also don't know if I should talk to Alice or Bob about it and risk talking about something that could be construed as silly to someone's manager.
How do I do right by the intern?