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2012-08-13 02:49:18 PM  
I'm eating lunch at my desk as I read this.

/Farking, though, not working
//counts as a break, right?
 
2012-08-13 02:54:41 PM  
♫♪Whatever happened to Saturday Night
When you dressed up sharp and you felt alright
It don't seem the same since cosmic light
Came into my life, I thought I was divine♫♪


/I take an hour lunch every farking day I work
 
2012-08-13 02:58:27 PM  
My lunch is only a half-hour, so it's really just easier to remain at my desk. But I get off pretty early, so I just eat then.
 
2012-08-13 02:59:21 PM  
Yeah I take my lunch break. I didn't used to and then I realized that I was giving my employer my own time. Get up and move around. Sit in a new place and come back. It helps you get more done in the long run. Your desk is work space not everything space.
 
2012-08-13 03:03:50 PM  
It's already over 100 degrees outside

/I'll just sit here in my air conditioned office, thanks
//brrr
 
2012-08-13 03:09:35 PM  
I usually take a full hour for lunch.
 
2012-08-13 03:15:38 PM  
I usually go out to buy lunch and then bring it back to my desk to eat. So I guess that's a sort-of break.
 
2012-08-13 03:19:58 PM  
I take a lunch break every day and I'm allowed to take as long as I want. It just doesn't count towards 40, that's all.
 
2012-08-13 03:39:33 PM  
why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?
 
2012-08-13 03:40:33 PM  
Your employer paid good money for your time. While it might make him happy to see you busy, it's not what he really wants. He knows better than to get his hopes that high, and besides, he already has plenty of money. Whatever meager thing you can accomplish doesn't matter in the scheme of things. No, what he really wants to see in return for your paycheck is you looking miserable. That's why he needs you at your desk during lunch. Do you think he wants to follow you to whatever fast food place you and your sad little coworkers can afford for lunch? Ha! So put on your best mopey face and stay at your desk during lunch. There may be a promotion in it for you.
 
2012-08-13 03:45:57 PM  
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2012-08-13 03:49:30 PM  

thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?


I dunno. I'd eat at my desk if I wasn't in the cafeteria talking to people I work with.
 
Pud
2012-08-13 03:50:55 PM  

thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?


It's not so much about eating at a fast food joint dinning room. I never do that anyway. It's more about just being able to just finish your lunch hour in 20 - 30 min. or so in peace. It is rare that I can get the time to eat a sandwich in less than 2 or 3 hrs.because of the constant phone calls, or other distractions (having to stop to go do something else then return to the sandwich). I only need 5 to 10 min. to get the food, and maybe another 5 to 10 min. of my lunch hour to eat it. I rarely get that luxury. It just sounds like this is becoming the norm.

/I love my job, and the people I work for and with. So it is just a very small inconvenience. But, it would be a nice treat to enjoy more than a couple times a year.

/That has GOT to be the longest post I have ever made
 
2012-08-13 03:55:12 PM  

GAT_00: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

I dunno. I'd eat at my desk if I wasn't in the cafeteria talking to people I work with.


I eat at my desk because the alternative is being in the cafeteria talking to people I work with. More shop-talk is the last thing I need.
 
2012-08-13 03:55:34 PM  
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We notice you're never at your desk during your lunch break...,
 
2012-08-13 03:55:46 PM  
I hated going out to lunch because my office was at the top of a 100 foot tower. Even the break room was three flights of stairs down.
 
2012-08-13 03:56:29 PM  
We are supplied food pellets.
 
2012-08-13 04:02:17 PM  
I get paid by the hour. I snack all day while I'm working and skip breaks so I can get the hell out of there ASAP and resume my actual life.
 
2012-08-13 04:04:55 PM  

GAT_00: I take a lunch break every day and I'm allowed to take as long as I want. It just doesn't count towards 40, that's all.


Pretty much this. If a client needs me that bad, they have my cell or they can email me.
 
2012-08-13 04:05:47 PM  
At the last Gannet Co. job I worked, we got catheters with urine bags hung under our swivel chairs and ate Subway sandwiches at our desks.
 
2012-08-13 04:08:37 PM  
I like to spend my full 1 hour lunch break feverishly masturbating in the handicap stall.
 
2012-08-13 04:14:46 PM  
Years ago I worked for a company that serviced those breathalyzers inside the cars of those who were arrested and/or convicted of DUI. I worked in a shop that was just me. The shop had a sign on it that said when the shop opened, when it closed and that from 12 to 1 closed for lunch. This was because with out that sign, I wasn't getting away for lunch. More often than not, someone would show up at 11:55 and tell me that their time was more important than mine and that while they wouldn't dare work through their lunch, they expected me to work through mine. What made that worse was that the corporate office automatically deducted an hour from my pay so I would close for that hour and not try to claim an hour of over time, so if I worked through lunch, that was unpaid work. Then, to top it off, the guy who handled complaints took the position of "The customer is 100% right, never ever wrong." so when they would show up at five minutes 'til noon without an appointment with some hard luck case and I turned them away, they called to complain, he'd call my cell and complain to me about how I shouldn't turn away customers. So it became either work through lunch without pay and food, or take the customer complaint and eventually get fired. No way to really win that. And for those who say "But that wouldn't be an entire hour, so what's the big deal?" Because people showed up during the lunch period, line up and demand that I open up early. If I was servicing one person and someone showed up, they'd expect to get serviced as well, and that would add up to a complete loss of my lunch.
 
2012-08-13 04:17:06 PM  

GAT_00: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

I dunno. I'd eat at my desk if I wasn't in the cafeteria talking to people I work with.


eh, i talk to those assholes throughout the day as it is. people generally respect the sandwich on the desk and don't bother me while it's there so i actually have time to casually clear out the to-do list.
 
2012-08-13 04:17:32 PM  
What's a lunch break? I have a 5-minute lunch at my desk and it's a miracle if I'm not interrupted during it.
 
2012-08-13 04:19:01 PM  
Shiat it's actually in my CONTRACT!

A lunch break will only be provided if there is not enough demand of your services at this time. Breaks are not given during the work day.

The upside to this is I eat at my desk and they have to pay me because I'm on constant alert.
 
2012-08-13 04:19:25 PM  

make me some tea: or lunch.


Then you have time to make your own tea.
 
2012-08-13 04:22:56 PM  
It's not the lack of a lunch break that gets me, it's the irregular times at which I can procure said lunch. Last week I took "lunch" at times starting between 10 AM and 3 PM. Between clients in 4+ different time zones and my manager's insistence on scheduling lunch meetings, it's hard to nail down a normal time. I almost always take my hour, but the timing can and often does suck.
 
2012-08-13 04:24:10 PM  
It died in the 80s

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Lunch is for losers
 
2012-08-13 04:24:32 PM  
I get an hour for lunch. and I usually leave the building for it. and if I take it at my desk, I sure as shiat don't work during that. but then again I work for a French company.
 
2012-08-13 04:25:26 PM  
I take my lunch every day, and usually for the full hour. If you think I won't, well, just try me.
 
2012-08-13 04:34:08 PM  
Until last year, I was self employed but now that I work for an organization ... some times I work through lunch - other days, I take two hours or more. I don't keep track. All I really know for certain is that they get value out of me. No one complains. I also leave pretty much whatever time I like.
 
2012-08-13 04:35:08 PM  

thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?


My last job was an office desk job. We could leave for lunch, eat at our desks or eat in the cafeteria. I found that if I ate at my desk, people would come up to me and ask me work questions or to get them something or forward an email. One coworker would biatch at me if I ate at my desk and my phone would ring and I wouldn't answer it because I was off the clock. She had the same complaint about me not answering emails while on lunch. I found that if I was at lunch at my desk, people would yell at me for not working. If I was in the cafeteria, no one could biatch.
 
2012-08-13 04:36:16 PM  
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2012-08-13 04:36:58 PM  

Great Janitor: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

My last job was an office desk job. We could leave for lunch, eat at our desks or eat in the cafeteria. I found that if I ate at my desk, people would come up to me and ask me work questions or to get them something or forward an email. One coworker would biatch at me if I ate at my desk and my phone would ring and I wouldn't answer it because I was off the clock. She had the same complaint about me not answering emails while on lunch. I found that if I was at lunch at my desk, people would yell at me for not working. If I was in the cafeteria, no one could biatch.


Why does a janitor have a desk?
 
2012-08-13 04:38:54 PM  
what about people who bring their own lunch but despise the break room? I can't justify spending money to go to work (going out to eat).

I'm happy to eat at my desk. plus, the faster I finish whatever I'm working on, the earlier I go home.
 
2012-08-13 04:42:44 PM  

robbiex0r: I take my lunch every day, and usually for the full hour. If you think I won't, well, just try me.


I always took a half hour lunch. I figured that I get paid by the hour, so I can either work eight hours with an hour lunch or work eight hours with a half hour lunch and leave a half hour early.

This worked out great when my manager got a bug up her ass about us working over time. I didn't have the work load to really justify the over time, so I would take the full hour lunch to pad out my time so that I still clocked out a half hour later. It also showed that she really wasn't going to anything more than just the appearance of her department staying late, not actual over time.
 
2012-08-13 04:47:26 PM  
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2012-08-13 04:47:58 PM  

Great Janitor: My last job was an office desk job. We could leave for lunch, eat at our desks or eat in the cafeteria. I found that if I ate at my desk, people would come up to me and ask me work questions or to get them something or forward an email.


Same here. If I eat at my desk, people will come over and start work conversations with me. They see the food on my desk and keep on talking. My boss is the absolute worst at this. He'll talk for the whole hour. So yeah, I rarely eat at my desk now.
 
2012-08-13 04:50:30 PM  
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2012-08-13 04:53:54 PM  

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We notice you're never at your desk during your lunch break...,


All these people, taking "lunch breaks," reading Fark... Yeaaah. They just don't seem to be asking themselves:

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2012-08-13 05:00:56 PM  
I always take my hour lunch break. If I didn't I'd go insane and be mean the rest of the day.
 
2012-08-13 05:03:27 PM  
My employer is eliminating vacation accruals starting next year. Then, if you want vacation you simply ask/tell your manager how much time you are taking when.

Too much unused vacation is a big liability on the balance sheet.
 
2012-08-13 05:09:54 PM  

room at the top: My employer is eliminating vacation accruals starting next year. Then, if you want vacation you simply ask/tell your manager how much time you are taking when.

Too much unused vacation is a big liability on the balance sheet.


we had a program like that before we got acquired and we found that it was impossible to beat it into people's heads that we wanted them to take their vacations. vacation accruals suck, but people were burning themselves out because they thought they would be abusing the stystem if they took two weeks of vacation a year.
 
2012-08-13 05:10:36 PM  

thomps: GAT_00: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

I dunno. I'd eat at my desk if I wasn't in the cafeteria talking to people I work with.

eh, i talk to those assholes throughout the day as it is. people generally respect the sandwich on the desk and don't bother me while it's there so i actually have time to casually clear out the to-do list.


I guess I work with OK people. Of course, it may have helped that we all knew we are all only here for a set period of time.

And we usually don't talk about shop.
 
2012-08-13 05:15:59 PM  
I leave the office for my lunch break every day. Usually I have some sort of errand to run (shop, go to the library, etc.). If not, I'll take a walk outside, or wander around Home Depot if the weather is bad. I get back to the office an hour later, get my brown bag from the fridge, and eat lunch at my desk (here's the important part) after I've already been out of the office for an hour.

We don't punch clocks in my office. No one cares, so long as the work gets done. Some people leave at 11 to go to the gym and come back 2 hours later.
 
2012-08-13 05:43:59 PM  

thomps: room at the top: My employer is eliminating vacation accruals starting next year. Then, if you want vacation you simply ask/tell your manager how much time you are taking when.

Too much unused vacation is a big liability on the balance sheet.

we had a program like that before we got acquired and we found that it was impossible to beat it into people's heads that we wanted them to take their vacations. vacation accruals suck, but people were burning themselves out because they thought they would be abusing the stystem if they took two weeks of vacation a year.


I have 30 days accrued. I'd use them but I don't have the money to go anywhere and I don't want to sit around the house.

I eat lunch at my desk and if someone comes up to ask me a question, I ignore them or tell them I want to eat my food when it is hot so come back in an hour. After the second or so time, no one bothers me when I am eating now.
 
2012-08-13 05:57:01 PM  
I usually finish my lunch in about 15 minutes, then head over to my client waiting room for a 20-30 minute nap. It's one of the perks of being self-employed that I enjoy the most.
 
2012-08-13 06:02:51 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties:

Me too. One hour is enough time for me to go through the drive thru, drive home for lunch (I live five minutes away from work partly for this reason), eat lunch for half an hour with the TV on, and get back to work. For a couple months I was transfered to another department and only had half an hour for lunch and completely hated it.

 
2012-08-13 06:03:30 PM  
Wow, quote fail.
 
2012-08-13 06:14:16 PM  
Oy. My late father, a man with a work ethic that would kill 10 ordinary men, worked 20 hours a day sometimes. And he always took a lunch break. He got mad when he didn't get lunch. None of this lunch at your desk nonsense either. Lunch at a proper sit down restaurant, like civilized people. What's next? Catheters under the chairs to eliminate bathroom breaks? Everyone is chained to their desk until the boss lets you go? Maybe replace offices and cubicles with cells-you sleep in one corner, work in another. Never leave, the company needs you to do your time. I'm unemployed but at least I get a lunch break when I'm looking for work, it distracts me from thinking heretical thoughts like "Maybe I should just stop wanting iPods and such and live a life of quiet contemplation instead of trying to get into something where basic bodily functions are frowned upon as unprofitable timewasters."
 
2012-08-13 06:19:53 PM  
I live in houston.. there are about 50 different options within 20 mins of my work depending on which way i drive.. i get an hour..if you got lunch hour problems i feel bad for you son i got 99 work problems but lunch anit one

/yay verizon wireless?
//yay houston?
 
2012-08-13 06:23:04 PM  

504_King_streetcar: Oy. My late father, a man with a work ethic that would kill 10 ordinary men, worked 20 hours a day sometimes. And he always took a lunch break. He got mad when he didn't get lunch. None of this lunch at your desk nonsense either. Lunch at a proper sit down restaurant, like civilized people. What's next? Catheters under the chairs to eliminate bathroom breaks? Everyone is chained to their desk until the boss lets you go? Maybe replace offices and cubicles with cells-you sleep in one corner, work in another. Never leave, the company needs you to do your time. I'm unemployed but at least I get a lunch break when I'm looking for work, it distracts me from thinking heretical thoughts like "Maybe I should just stop wanting iPods and such and live a life of quiet contemplation instead of trying to get into something where basic bodily functions are frowned upon as unprofitable timewasters."


This.

If you're salary, and you're like me, you already work 50 hours or more a week. I'll be damned if i dont step away from my desk whenever I feel like. You sure as shiat are not getting a raise for skipping your lunch!
 
2012-08-13 07:12:01 PM  
Americans were famous for wolving down their food double-quick time and getting back to work well over a century or two ago. Long before the fast-food of the 1950s and the milk bar culture of the 1940s, they invented the Diner, the lunch counter, the Lunch Wagon and the sandwich cart. I imagine that the habit was acquired by train and coach travellers, as this seems to have been the case in the UK as early as the 1840's and 1850's.

As the short order cook in the Gahan Wilson cartoon says, "For God's sake, man! Do your part and bolt the stuff down!"
 
Pud
2012-08-13 08:05:28 PM  

Walker: What's a lunch break? I have a 5-minute lunch at my desk and it's a miracle if I'm not interrupted during it.


You're kind of screwed ...

GIS - (for whatever that's worth) - Virginia does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers
16 years old or older. VA Dept. of Labor: Labor Law FAQs. An employer who chooses to
provide a break in excess of 20 minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or
other breaks if the employee is free to leave the work-site, in fact takes their lunch or break,
and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks 20
minutes or shorter typically must be paid.

/And that's where I originally hail from. Damned, I,m glad I ran like hell from there a long time ago.
 
2012-08-13 09:25:31 PM  

redmid17: Great Janitor: thomps: why is eating lunch at one's desk being cast as a bad thing? how does sitting in a lunch room or fast food restaurant somehow add more value to one's life?

My last job was an office desk job. We could leave for lunch, eat at our desks or eat in the cafeteria. I found that if I ate at my desk, people would come up to me and ask me work questions or to get them something or forward an email. One coworker would biatch at me if I ate at my desk and my phone would ring and I wouldn't answer it because I was off the clock. She had the same complaint about me not answering emails while on lunch. I found that if I was at lunch at my desk, people would yell at me for not working. If I was in the cafeteria, no one could biatch.

Why does a janitor have a desk?


An "office desk job" is custodial jargon for a job where you work in an office washing desks.
 
2012-08-13 10:17:58 PM  
Days? I thought I was pushing it with the 90 minutes I take.

Bravo, subby.
 
2012-08-13 11:02:54 PM  
When I used to manageda restaurant (not gonna name names *cough* CICIS PIZZA *cough*) some time back, I used to get to work at 9am and work until 11pm at night. From 11am to 10pm, not only was I not allowed a break, but I also wasn't even allowed to sit down unless counting money or using the computer to do inventory/truck orders (and that was 10-15 minutes max, usually during the end of the night/beginning of the day).

I did this four days a week. Talk about burnout. I remember working 3 and 4 day stretches and to this day, I have no idea how I survived it...
 
2012-08-13 11:17:31 PM  
I take a lunch hour almost every day. Unless an emergency comes up that ties me down where I can't leave my desk. (Yea, IT work sucks sometimes). I may get bugged briefly about problems while I'm at lunch. But most of the time I'm taking the full time.
 
2012-08-13 11:53:19 PM  
My lunch hours get filled by meetings 3-4 times a week. The other days I can find 30 minutes to go get a sandwich somewhere. Fridays are usually good for a nice long lunch away from the office, which I take advantage of every time I can.
 
2012-08-14 04:28:06 AM  
I'm a field engineer with our dispatch group in Bangalore. I take "lunch" (meaning: I eat during working hours) maybe once a week. Might have something to do with being sent on several calls per day that are each no less than 50 miles apart. As if they were right down the block from each other... ;)
 
2012-08-14 05:30:02 AM  
Eat at my desk? That's disgusting, I have sex there.
 
2012-08-14 09:47:41 AM  
We have to bill 50 hours a week. We can take a lunch but then we have to make up the time somewhere else. The corporate culture is also such that if you started taking a lunch every day, there would be dirty looks and gossip and people would start taking a closer look at your time sheets (they're online and anyone can see each others). It sucks. My old company you got an hour for lunch and they had a cafeteria. Food sucked but just getting away from your desk for an hour a day was a necessary and welcome diversion. But this company pays more so you take the good with the bad I guess.
 
2012-08-14 10:29:26 AM  
 
2012-08-14 01:53:59 PM  
Well, first it was "that's the only time everyone is available for a meeting" and they'd make it up to us by bringing in food.

Then "there's no $$$ in the budget for lunch, but you can bring yours and have it at the meeting".

Then "well, some people were upset that others were eating during the meeting, so no more food".
 
2012-08-14 05:04:10 PM  

mat catastrophe: We don't just need lunch breaks. We need to rethink the entire concept of the time spent at work.


OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.
 
2012-08-14 08:21:48 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.


Then guy why not be the guy willing to work 50-60 hours a week to get the edge?

The race to the bottom is not a race you want to win.
We really do need a national discussion on what "work" actually gets done in an eight hour day. Even retail and food service workers have downtime, they're just generally not allowed to go anywhere or do anything.
 
2012-08-14 10:16:07 PM  
I get a half hour, and I always take it (away from my desk). I just go down to the break room with a group of coworkers. I really hate it when people work through their lunch; in my line of work, there's nothing that can't wait 30 minutes. It gives you a bit of time to breathe, and maybe shoot the shiat about the weekend or football or whatever. A lot of times there's shop talk too, but hey, sometimes you just need a chance to vent. Besides, if enough people work through their lunch on a regular basis, management is going to start expecting it.
 
2012-08-15 01:30:39 AM  
I'd seriously consider a 20% pay cut if it meant I got a three-day weekend every week.

If my company did that for me and four of my colleagues, then they could hire another person for the team, and I bet we'd still come out ahead on productivity and job satisfaction... while also reducing unemployment and the economic problems resulting from it.
 
2012-08-15 09:48:22 AM  
I always feel like articles like this are ghost writing by mcdonalds or some other national fast food or lunch restaurant.
 
2012-08-15 10:12:42 AM  

Sergeant Grumbles: Smeggy Smurf: OK, you tell me how I'm supposed to meet a deadline that was just shortened from 7 weeks down to 6 to produce an entire set of construction documents for a major grocery store remodel? I'm talking 100,000 square feet being completely redone. The entire team works 40 hours weeks. That's all. We have families, duties, etc. Some are salary, some are hourly. We can do it with 40 hour weeks. 30 hour weeks and we're out of a job. The guy willing to work 40-50 hours a week will get the contract, the money, the food to feed his family.

Then guy why not be the guy willing to work 50-60 hours a week to get the edge?

The race to the bottom is not a race you want to win.
We really do need a national discussion on what "work" actually gets done in an eight hour day. Even retail and food service workers have downtime, they're just generally not allowed to go anywhere or do anything.


In my field you burn out too quick at much more than 40 hours a week. The guy working 50-60 winds up making too many easily preventable mistakes. In 30 hours you cannot get the work done. Yet here I am on Fark. I'd be working instead of slacking the past few days except we're waiting to get the contract signed and fee proposal approved so we can haul ass on the next project.
 
2012-08-16 11:12:19 PM  
We eat in a build room. 50" TV and movies in the blu-ray. We have a doorbell that is ignored. Takes a few days to watch a movie but whatever.

Hourly. State says we must take a break within five hours of start for a half hour. We generally push it to close to an hour. No one says a word.

Pretty loose shop all day but the work gets done. That is all management cares about. Some days as not so loose. It all works out in the end. 

/usually me and three chicks
/I like my job
 
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