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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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Well..

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

As for nasty smell, we have a habitual popcorn burner here at the office. This happens not everyother day, occasionally, but every freaking day!!!! At what point do fail to master the art of cooking popcorn in a microwave? You dont need to be a master chef, just follow directions, and maybe monitor the cooking!!! It gets into the AC ducts and spreads it all over.

On the other hand we have three floors here, and each floor has communal food. Just about everyone daily brings something to eat and share and the smell is intoxicating. It also makes you so dang hungry craving fod all day and at lunch wanting to gorge yourself silly.

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Now that is another way to look at it

by j.lupo In reply to Well..

I like that view. I rather enjoy the aromas (sp?). :) Of course, last week during Passover it wasn't fun. I was so hungry for some of the food brought in, but couldn't partake. In fact, they threw a pizza party on Friday and asked me what I wanted. Now they KNEW all week that it was Passover - I mean the Matzo at my desk is a dead giveaway. Right? <sigh>

Oh, well at least it smelled good at the office. :)

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Funny you mention this - we do have such a policy

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

...it was created just about a month ago. The CEO walked in the lunch room on a day that a lot of employees just happened to be eating fish and crabs. I admit it did smell a bit nasty (one should note too that I HATE seafood so maybe that made it worse for me). So now its not allowed -- at all. Its even posted.... no smelly foods allowed to be cooked ....

Our cafeteria is separate from all office space though so I don't know if I think its a just policy...even though I hate how it smells -- who am I to say what someone can or can't eat?

Maybe its a religious diet thing? Maybe its a cultural thing?

I know one of the "fish and crabs" women only eats seafood and veggies -- that's it. Ever. And she claims she can't have just veggies without seafood.

oh well..

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Might be open . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Funny you mention this - ...

for a complaint. There are people who follow certain dietary rules. That women may file a grievence for not being able to have her lunch. I think the policy is on sketch legal footing. Of course, that is just my opinion.

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We do have a cafeteria in our building..but

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Funny you mention this - ...

most people bring in their own lunches and eat them at their desks. We have a small pantry area with microwave ovens and such and bar stools, but nevertheless, it's what these people eat and where that is the problem. I don't mind people bringing in lunches, as I do that myself, but my food does not stink up the office because I am not eating fish or crabs in curry sauce.

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One way out

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

ONLY one way out.

Nobody is allowed to eat lunch in the office. NO more lunches in the 'coffee room' etc.

Other than that, as nausiating as it is (and living in a multicultural country myself, I can completely see your side) there is nothing you can do except accept these diversities in cuisine and grin & bear it.

We certainly have no right to complain about people's choice of food for lunch, even though I think it should be limited to plain sandwiches sometimes but we just can't complain about it unless we decide to ban ALL lunches on the premises.

This can actually benefit the employer though, many employers pay 7.5 hours for an 8 hour day with two 15 minute coffee breaks and a one hour lunch.

They HAVE to pay for the coffee breaks but not lunch, though most offer at least a half hour paid.

If you are not allowed to have lunch ON the premises, your employer won't have to pay you for lunch at all. Therefore they can pay all staff 7 hours if they offer a one hour lunch in an 8 hour day.

Saving .5 hours X (many employees) X full year = huge savings.

So be careful what you wish for anyway. :)

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One way out

by jcrobso In reply to One way out

True different multicultura envoroment can be interesting AND agravating.
I work at a Spanish radio station which is why I go out for lunch.
If we could keep them in the lunch room that would be great.
The rule is NO FOOD in the studios, but that dosen't stop them. One moring all the windows in the studio were covered with newspaper and the studio door was locked, they were having a party!
Guess they forgot about the rule. The general manager asked me to unlock the studio and we went in and he said that they all are working the rest of the day with out pay. I haven't head anything else except that the the same on air people complained about how dirty the studio was. Hmmm I wonder how it got dirty.

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Imagine a smell off?

by jkaras In reply to One way out

It reminds me of a certain episode of MASH where BJ and Hawkeye refuses to bathe. Just imagine that in the work place everyone so offened of everyone else's food that they diliberately bring in the smelliest foods that they can to **** everyone else off for offending their choice of foods. man that would be as great as horrible at the same time laughing about it and being absolutley disgusted, that would make a great office story. Well I'll choose keep it a thought. What would you say is the smelliest food you could think of from your own ethnic backround?

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Pickled Herring....yuck..smells nasty

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Imagine a smell off?

Aside from boiled cabbage, which smells like dirty diapers, pickled herring is by far the worst

I simply hate that stuff and won't go near it

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I agree, it has to be the fish lunches which do the most damage.....

by UncleRob In reply to Pickled Herring....yuck.. ...

some lady in our office brought in fish one day for lunch, nuked it up in the staff lunch room for a good 2 -3 minutes which funkified the lunchroom, the general office area, the server room in the back. It was disgusting, if you're going to bring fish to work, make it tuna on rye and no nuking please!

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