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The Evil that Lurks in the Work Fridge
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.