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The Evil that Lurks in the Work Fridge

Updated on November 3, 2011
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

It's Monday Morning

We've all been there. It's Monday morning, and you're a little tired and a lot grumpy. The only thing you want to do is put your lunch in the fridge. You would think this could at least be a simple task. However, you can smell it before you see it. What type of horror occurred in this kitchen over the weekend? Did something die? No, of course not.

Your delightful co-workers left crap in the refrigerator over the weekend. Now the fridge has a life of its own. What is left to do? You have two options. You can go hunting for the foul food and throw it out. Or you can open the door quickly, throw your lunch in, and hope for the best. This is no way to live, people! Something needs to give.

Some of the "Interesting" Things I've Found in the Work Fridge:

- Food left over from meetings held WEEKS ago.

- Breast milk.

- Car keys.

- Food that is now green that did not begin that way.

- Tub of random gravy.

- Half eaten sandwich or pizza slice.

- Food a year or two past the expiration date.

There is No "I" in Team

It's all about teamwork, friends. If you haven't eaten your snack in about a week, let's face it, you are never going to eat it. I know there are starving people out there, but if it's turned green, even starving people would probably turn it down. So throw it out. If you don't throw it out, I am going to throw it out and then post a comment on the refrigerator about throwing it out. This achieves two things: 1) Now you know where that moldy sandwich / science experiment went, and 2) Perhaps I can shame you into throwing out your own stuff next time.

Furthermore, many offices have nice employee lunches. After the potluck or the awesomeness of a free group employee lunch, inevitably, there will be leftovers. These leftovers can bring co-workers so much joy for a couple more days. Some people can have some fun snacks. Others don't have to buy lunch for a day or two. However, those leftovers begin to take on a life of their own after a few days. Clean them out!

If you prepared something for a potluck, go retrieve your dish within a few days. If there was an employee lunch and you ate most of the free food, be a good person and start clearing out the leftovers. Everything is easier to clean if you nip it in the bud before it hits "the green zone"... yes, the moldy stage.

It is important for everyone to remember that the work fridge is a public refrigerator. I don't care what your fridge looks like at home (I shudder to think), but at work, let's stay on our best behavior. So the next time you look in the refrigerator at work, please remember to throw out disgusting food before it grows legs and walks out on its own.

CHECK OUT: The Evil That Lurks in the Work Fridge Part 2: Dudes that Eat Your Food!


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Ummmm... that's a little scary. Thanks for sharing though.

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    Cindy D Whipany 

    7 years ago

    I only opened the freezer at work once. I left the break area to find my boss. "There's a duck in the freezer!"

    "What type, a wood duck?" says he.

    "No! A real one!" says un-savvy I.

    I left the freezer for the corporate hunters ...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Ardie - I know exactly what you mean. How can an empty fridge still stink? Yet, it does at work. It is as if the smell has become a part of it forever.

    mjfarns - Thanks! I actually had to "recreate" the disgusting fridge look at home for the photos.

    Seeker7 - I am glad you enjoyed the hub so much. I know what you mean... what is going on at some homes? I am kind of afraid to think about it! Thanks for the votes!

    Thank you all for reading and for the comments!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 

    7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    LMAO!!! What a brilliant hub and so true of many work places unfortunately. I often ask the question - people who have dirty habits at work, do they do the same in their own homes? I don't think they do, so why treat cleanliness in the work place any differently!

    I loved this hub, voted up + awesome!!

  • mjfarns profile image


    7 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

    Great photos! And a classic topic!!

  • Ardie profile image


    7 years ago from Neverland

    This is SO funny! What's worse than a stinky fridge at work is a stinky EMPTY fridge at work :) I work weekends and the fridge gets cleaned out Friday nights. By time I come in Saturday morning the fridge still smells BAD...and Im left wondering what left the smell :l

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for reading my hub and for the comment. It can be a smelly situation at my job sometimes. I thought others was relate to it.

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    8 years ago from Canada

    What fun - I have been blessed with a wide variety of fridges and "fridge-mates" over the years, some better, some appalling. You have certainly hit the low spots :D:D:D


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