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People who bring in odorous lunches...you know who you are

By Why Me Worry? ·
Even though this thread is not technology related, I would like to know the weirdest and stinkiest things that people you work with have brought in to work and ended up stinking up the office with. On my floor, there is one woman who eats the same damned thing every day. I don't know what it is but it smells like month old fish in curry sauce. The really worst part about it is when she heats it up in the microwave and the smell spreads throughout the entire floor, making everyone sick and nausious. I once had to go outside because my eyes starting burning, I started to feel sick to my stomach, and came close to vomiting all over my cubicle. I know HR has policies about certain things, but why don't they have policies on bringing fish and other stinky foods to the office? god forbid we have a client or vendor come in and the place smells like a fish market or some Indian restaurant with the smell of curry permeating the air..lord help us!

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God you get it easy!

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to People who bring in odoro ...

Once I had to sit in a car in heavy rain and drive 300 KMS and the cars owner my Boss had some very odorous cheese that made your eyes run at 100 feet. It wasn't overly bad at first until the windows started forging up and we had to turn on the heater and then even the cheese started crawling across the seat of Attack the people in the car.

Eventually I spat the dummy and just threw it out the window but even that didn't cure the problem as the smell by that time was in everything. I never did get that smell out of my clothes even the ones in my suitcase in the boot and at every meeting that I went to I was asked just why I ate such and such a cheese. :)

Col ]:)

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Was it...

by Jessie In reply to God you get it easy!

Limburger?

My grandfather loved limburger cheese. He taught little four year old me to eat it on a cracker and then go have my mommy smell my teeth, which she did, thinking I had maybe just brushed them. What happens after that is all a blur.

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One job I had early in my career before the days of OH&S...

by Hockeyist In reply to People who bring in odoro ...

...IT was next to the loo (sound familiar everyone? IT was the bottom of the pecking order).
People boiled whatever crap they ate over night in their intestines then had their morning dump, usually at morning tea time. It wasn't pleasant and left a nasty taste in your mouth. The noises that came from behind the doors were horrendous too (thin walls and a single door). It made it hard to concentrate when trying to support someone over the phone. It was an ok job otherwise and the reason for me leaving.

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Food and Policy

by j.lupo In reply to People who bring in odoro ...

Well, unfortanetly this isn't one of the things HR can develop a policy on. Just like "body odor". It would be a violation of the persons rights. For example, during Passover I have to be very careful what I bring in to the office because of odor. But I choose to respect that what I am eating may offend other peoples sense of smell, etc.

On the other hand, there is nothing like burnt curry or burnt popcorn throughout the area. I could name a whole list of foods that I absolutely cannot stand to be around in the office environemnt.

Isn't it a shame that companies don't and can't or won't understand about providing proper meal times for their employees?

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Passover food is stinky? Never had any complaints about matzah

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Food and Policy

What passover foods are you referring to? Yeah, gefilte fish smells funky to some, but I don't know of other "kosher" foods that smell so bad, other than boiled cabage.

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Gefilte fish

by j.lupo In reply to Passover food is stinky? ...

Was one that I was particularly thinking of at the time. I run from that. Matzo isn't bad. Of course the eggs aren't so great when they sit around. I was raised pretty strict. So, the more traditional preparations just get to me.

Actually any of the fish doesn't do real well, especially since I can't use the office refridgerator. So, it has to sit at my desk all day. There are no Kosher restaurants in the area where I work, so I can't go out for lunch.

I get through the holiday on baked chicken and Matzo crackers.

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Put the lithium drip back in

by amcol In reply to People who bring in odoro ...

What's the matter, you weren't getting enough of a forum complaining incessantly in the other thread about your obnoxious co-worker? You had to start another one about food pollution?

Can there be even a scintilla of doubt left in your mind that you have a major attitude problem?

Oh, wait, I forgot...according to you I'm one of those managers who blames everyone else. I guess I'm part of your problem too.

Increase your dosage, cut back on your caffeine, add more weekly appointments with your shrink, or just go for a long swim in the Atlantic Ocean. You're wearing us all out already.

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amcol - I can understand . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Put the lithium drip back ...

your frustration about some things posted in various threads. This is only a recommendation - based on input by others on TR - but we should always try to remain professional. I rather provide as good advice as I can. If the person chooses to use it or just consider it, it is their business. I just know that I tried to help.

Take care and good Monday to everyone. :)

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Thanks

by amcol In reply to amcol - I can understand ...

But I don't need any advice or recommendations about being or remaining professional. I've been doing that quite well and very successfully on my own for the better part of 35 years.

My response to the poster was one of the two things I would have said to him, face to face and in the office, were he one of my employees. I presume you've read the other thread I referred to, so you know exactly what I'm talking about.

The other thing I would have said to him, BTW, would be "You're fired.".

Read his next post. In addition to having a horrible attitude, he's a coward...he puts out messages and when called out on them backtracks by claiming he was only kidding. And after you've read his post, maybe you want to comment on his professionalism instead.

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I have . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Thanks

I have read his posts. In mine, I always stress to everyone that it is important to remain professional.

Sorry if I offended you in someway, that was not my intention. Just a viewpoint about discussion threads and posting to them. When I read yours I could hear or almost feel anger, which to me (and is only my opinion) never belongs in a professional atmosphere.

As I also say, "To each their own". Whatever works best for you. Take care.

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