Elizabeth Large's Top 10 Food Sins In The Workplace

April 15, 2009|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Today we're discussing the Top 10 Greatest Food Sins in the Workplace. Here's my list:

1

Eating ersatz butter-flavored popcorn. The smell makes me gag even more than the fish smell. (See No. 2.) For most other people, burning the popcorn is the sin.

2

Reheating fish in the office microwave.

3

Storing the kind of food in your desk that attracts rodents.

4

Leaving an open milk carton/yogurt/other food item in the back of the communal fridge until it's so far past its expire date it starts to smell/mold.

5

Leaving one ice cube in the freezer tray so you won't have to refill it.

6

Stealing someone else's food from the communal fridge.

7

Eating takeout Chinese or Mexican at your desk and then putting the cartons/wrappers in the trash so your co-workers have to put up with the smell for the rest of the afternoon.

8

Not cleaning up after an explosion in the microwave or a spill in the fridge.

9

Talking with a co-worker within earshot of others about what's in the hamburger meat served at your workplace cafeteria.

10

Zucchini dumping: Bringing in your garden's overabundance of zucchini that you've let grow bigger than a man's arm.

readers talk back

Thank you for reminding me why I have not been in my office's break room for over 5 years.

Posted by: C Double

How about the one who leaves her tupperware bowl (or coffee cup) in the communal sink to "soak" for awhile? Next morning, when one goes to make a fresh pot of coffee, the bowl/cup is still there, full of now cold, greasy soapy water...with food floating in it. Yuk.

Posted by: mededitor

The co-worker with the iron willpower who leaves candy on her desk. Esp. when she sits right next to you, and your willpower is lousy.

Posted by: Frequent Little Italy Restaurant Visitor

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