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(Slate)   Why do people go so nuts over free food at work? The eighth word in that question is probably the key reason   (slate.com) divider line
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2019-03-09 01:18:28 AM  
First, or near first, and then cherry-picks to hide favorites in desk? That azole needs to be seriously outed to the office...
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2019-03-09 01:37:20 AM  
Because they're f*cking animals.
 
2019-03-09 02:07:33 AM  

Sid_6.7: Because they're f*cking animals.


This.

Beyond assholes I've seen walk off with a steam pan from the front of a line, the complainers really get to me.  If I haven't provided something to suit your religious, allergy, or vegetarian requirements, that's on me.  Beyond that, go fark yourself.  "No Janet, the bagels that we told you were going to be here one month in advance don't conform to your paleo-keto-vegan-algae smoothie diet.  You make $150k/yr and no catering place sells that.  Go buy your own breakfast and leave us alone."  I find, "That's great feedback.  Next month you plan the food and just put it on your corporate card" tends to shut them down really fast and they suddenly shrink away.

/worse than the vegans are the militant "I must have meat in every meal" assholes
//stupid motherfarkers didn't even notice when they slopped down the all vegetarian Indian spread
 
2019-03-09 02:20:12 AM  
One of the perks of working the graveyard shift at a Las Vegas casino are the potlucks. I can think of no other food more worth going nuts over than a public area potluck. I never used to like tamales until my first potluck
 
2019-03-09 02:21:01 AM  
I always avoided that shiat like the plague. Mediocre food and I get to eat lunch with a bunch of coworkers I can't stand? Where the fark do I sign up for that?!

Unless the event was mandatory, I either stayed at my desk or ducked out for lunch somewhere else.
 
2019-03-09 03:01:28 AM  
I've been suggesting that taking free food from vendors is a form of corruption.

I'm not very popular sometimes.
 
2019-03-09 03:39:31 AM  

Enigmamf: I've been suggesting that taking free food from vendors is a form of corruption.

I'm not very popular sometimes.


Interacting with society is corruption, if you want to get philosophical about life. Wether is be a promotion to keep you at your job, advertisements to get you to buy things, favors from your neighbors so you can let the dog out while they are on vacation.

Free food at least rewards you for being bribed, unlike the lies from HR or that yappy rodent your neighbors call a dog.
 
2019-03-09 07:54:20 AM  
I'm the opposite. Free anything makes me suspicious.
 
2019-03-09 08:10:17 AM  
I work offshore and all the food is free, first timers get all excited and gain 15 pounds! I'm at the point where I actually bring food from home. My wife is a much better cook.
 
2019-03-09 08:22:50 AM  
The people lack values, and all of those stories in the article are about people who should be reevaluated by the company and let go. If they are that uncivilized and mature about free food there is a GOOD chance they are shiatty employees cutting corners and providing shiatty work. They can go get a McJob and get all the free floor food they want.
 
2019-03-09 08:24:55 AM  
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2019-03-09 08:46:13 AM  
We've got one guy at my factory who takes platefuls of donuts home with him and every time we get a catered meal he "sneaks"* multiple trays of leftovers out to his car before the end of the day.

Some people get pissed, I can't help but feel a little sad for him.  Sure it's a dick move, but like... I just picture an old man eating catering leftovers, that were barely edible when they were first served, for the next week.

That's a sad way to go about life.

*he's not very stealthy.
 
2019-03-09 08:50:33 AM  
We have the opposite problem.  We occasionally have catered lunch meetings for part of the staff, and then leftovers are put in the break room for everyone else.  Problem is everyone else already ate their lunch and are back to work by that time, so the catered food gets left out in the break room all day, and nobody wants to take responsibility for packing it up and putting in in the fridge or throwing it out at the end of the day.  Sometimes it's still there the next day.
 
2019-03-09 08:52:09 AM  

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I heard a story about a lunch thief at my company, one day, everybody brought in sandwiches that had laxatives in them, then they parked forklifts in front of the bathroom doors and pulled the keys.  Apparently he shiat himself while running to his car and was fired the next day.
 
2019-03-09 09:10:03 AM  
Pro Tip: let the animals fall all over themselves while you do something else.  Office catering often comes with a "second round."  Right about the time they finish gorging themselves, the trays get filled with round two.  And just about everyone but you is full.  Private feast.
 
2019-03-09 09:13:51 AM  
My theory was always "The only thing better than free food is lots of free food"
 
2019-03-09 10:09:42 AM  
This recent case makes one think about storing ones lunch in the company refrigerator.

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/08/701617​7​66/german-man-who-poisoned-coworkers-s​entenced-to-life-in-prison
 
2019-03-09 10:32:47 AM  
My wife's company has free food, on Saturdays, during tax season.  I'm trying very hard to get to her to find a corporate 8-5 or even a county 8-6 with a four-day week.
 
2019-03-09 12:11:56 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: Enigmamf: I've been suggesting that taking free food from vendors is a form of corruption.

I'm not very popular sometimes.

Interacting with society is corruption, if you want to get philosophical about life. Wether is be a promotion to keep you at your job, advertisements to get you to buy things, favors from your neighbors so you can let the dog out while they are on vacation.

Free food at least rewards you for being bribed, unlike the lies from HR or that yappy rodent your neighbors call a dog.


Those are not examples of corruption at all.

Getting a promotion so that you don't leave is using the company's money to secure an asset for the company. Where's the 'corruption' in that?

Advertising doesn't give you anything. It's a lot of things I think are bad, but how is it corrupt? I could maybe see certain scenarios labeled corruption, like using the revenue from advertising in public spaces for projects that are not subject to normal oversight and approval, that's pretty specific.

Doing mutually beneficial favors on your own time doesn't misuse anyone else's resource. How is that corrupt?

"Free food from a vendor" is corruption because it sets up an incentive for an individual to modify how they use company / government resources (giving the contract to the company that treats them the best rather than the one with the best service or product) to maintain a personal perq.
 
2019-03-09 12:45:44 PM  
It's not about "free" per say, it's usually about the perception of equity in the office. There's lots of perks that can happen in workplaces and when some people receive those perks and others don't, it can cause issues. What's rarely understood is that those perks come with some downsides.

-We've had formal complaints from staff that it's "not fair" that people involved in a catered client lunch meeting get a free meal and they don't. They never seem to complain about missing the meeting however.

-I used to take my assistants out to lunch every week, and people complained about that. I get my assistants gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and Admin Professionals Day, and others in the office complain. The complainers never seem to mind that they don't have any client contact and don't need to deal with front line complaints and other similar issues.

-Managers often get comped gifts from clients and people complain. It got to the point that during the holidays when dozens of gift baskets would arrive we'd have to divvy them up rather than give them to the intended recipient, which in turn insulted the sender, so we're telling our vendors and clients no more gifts. Still, the complainers never seem to mind that managers lose 2 to 3 evening a week on work related matters without compensation.

-My assistants and I often have off-site meetings, and others complain they "got a day out of the office". The complainers never seem to realize that when we're out of the office work is still piling up and we'll need to skip lunch for a week to catch up.
 
2019-03-09 01:12:24 PM  
My office (20ish people) provides a large assortment of deli meats & cheeses, breads, condiments, sodas, chips & snacks, ice cream bars, etc. for anyone to eat in-house.  Heck, we even have a variety of beer, usually left over from some happy hour type thing, but nobody drinks it.  When someone new starts, they usually go hog wild for a few weeks then become tired of it.  It's largely an incentive to take a shorter lunch or even work through lunch but it's still appreciated.  I only buy lunch once/week now & have saved a ton of money because of it.  As a bonus I'm also the one responsible for making sure then non-refrigerated stuff stays stocked up but still get input on the refrigerated stuff, which means I get to add things I like and paid for by the company... within reason.
 
2019-03-09 01:28:24 PM  
Best free food from work was in college when I worked as a dishwasher over the summer.  They had some sort of symposium and they had 48 box lunches leftover.  That fed me and my two roommates for nearly 3 days.  Chicken, potato salad, carrots, and a brownie.  And 48 individual boxes to fill the fridge.
 
2019-03-09 02:39:41 PM  

olrasputin: I always avoided that shiat like the plague. Mediocre food and I get to eat lunch with a bunch of coworkers I can't stand? Where the fark do I sign up for that?!


Depends on who does the ordering and what the budget is.

// One thing I've learned is that you never let the person who is on a diet do the ordering. That happened in my engineering dept. once and we ended up with lettuce wedge salads. During the lunch, the department director said "I'm doing the food ordering from now on".

OhioUGrad: The people lack values, and all of those stories in the article are about people who should be reevaluated by the company and let go. If they are that uncivilized and mature about free food there is a GOOD chance they are shiatty employees cutting corners and providing shiatty work. They can go get a McJob and get all the free floor food they want.


Our building clerk would tell us ahead of time when a meeting had too much food ordered, and she would let us know when the meeting was ending and the food would get moved to the nearest break room.

They encouraged folks to save a plate of food for later and even provided containers. The idea being that the food was already paid for and if we didn't take it, it would end up in the trash at the end of the day.

I've taken five cookies before ... but that's because the meeting was over and the organizer said HEY, you guys take some cookies before you leave.

"but these repeat offenders were taking between 6-12 each-legit strutting away with plates piled high"

Ridiculous
 
2019-03-09 03:17:44 PM  
they were sportswriters. i don't know what anyone else's excuse is.
 
2019-03-09 03:59:33 PM  

Enigmamf: I've been suggesting that taking free food from vendors is a form of corruption.

I'm not very popular sometimes.


That's probably because you're a killjoy.

Let me tell you, no amount of free food has ever influenced me to say "Oh, this is a huge error on the vendor's part that I'm gonna overlook"

Maybe at the level of wine and dine executives its corruption, but for us peons further down the ladder its just food.

/also they never outlaw the wine and dine with executives, they only outlaw the bag of M&Ms that the worker bees might get.
 
2019-03-09 04:44:34 PM  
I had a weird 15 - 20 second delay getting email for my outlook account at work.
Basically it meant I had ZERO chance to get any free food.
Usually the only thing left was a piece of iceberg lettuce that was used as a base for the actual food.
 
2019-03-09 08:04:59 PM  

Enigmamf: I've been suggesting that taking free food from vendors is a form of corruption.

I'm not very popular sometimes.


The trick is to steal it from them somehow.  Then distribute it quietly among your coworkers, at least the ones you don't completely hate who can alsoalso keep  their mouths shut.

Yes, I may have some personal experience with this.
 
2019-03-09 09:28:53 PM  

Tyrosine: It's not about "free" per say


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2019-03-09 10:34:22 PM  
This is the fundamental problem with unregulated capitalism.  All it takes is one pig to ruin everything, and we have lots of pigs... and sheep... and dogs.   (Cue Roger Waters guitar riff...)

When the pigs see that they can take everything they will, and the sheep will do nothing about it.  And then, when the dogs notice and try to enforce some sort of fairness, the pigs squeal like they've been stuck...
 
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2019-03-09 10:37:45 PM  
Not really on topic because TFA is more about office situations, but working in a restaurant makes me laugh. Kitchen workers (at my, and most restaurants) get a free meal every shift. Usually it's limited to under $x, or these 5-6 items or whatever, but still free, while dining room people have to pay, albeit with a discount. Front of house ALWAYS complains about us getting free food. I counter it, each and every single time with: "we work twice as hard as you, twice as long, for half the money. fark you, pay them".

That being said, two additional points, if you're not an asshole, I'll make sure you get first dibs on something one of us farked up and can sell to a customer. Second, if you ring in your employee food less than half an hour before close, good farking luck. Nothing threatening food safety or anything gross, but if you order a mid-rare steak at 9:40, and we close at 10, enjoy your well done steak. Want me to re-cook it? Sorry. Grill is off, steak is already locked up in the walk-in. I think Applebee's is still open.

It's a give and take thing. Show some respect, get some respect.
 
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2019-03-09 10:39:43 PM  
Derp, can't sell to a customer, not can
 
2019-03-09 10:44:40 PM  
I remember working at big all-day meeting; they had the food catered in but forgot about getting anything for me and my co-workers.  I figured these people ahead of time and was prepared with stuff for myself, the rest of our squad got nothing.

Comes the end of the Big Meeting, we're packing up our equipment, and we see the admin people are conferring about what to do with a handful of leftover catered sandwiches, still all wrapped up, that were excess to requirements.   They discussed dropping the leftover off to a homeless shelter, then decided that was too time-consuming for one of them to run out and do.

Only then do they turn to us, who had worked eight hours with no meal break, and offer us the sandwiches. They laid them on the table, and walked away, saying: "Hey, guys, go ahead and help yourselves, you're welcome!"

Five sandwiches for 11 guys. We just looked at each other, and the retreating backs of the admin chicks...

None of us took the sandwiches.
 
2019-03-09 11:22:00 PM  

Any Pie Left: I remember working at big all-day meeting; they had the food catered in but forgot about getting anything for me and my co-workers.  I figured these people ahead of time and was prepared with stuff for myself, the rest of our squad got nothing.

Comes the end of the Big Meeting, we're packing up our equipment, and we see the admin people are conferring about what to do with a handful of leftover catered sandwiches, still all wrapped up, that were excess to requirements.   They discussed dropping the leftover off to a homeless shelter, then decided that was too time-consuming for one of them to run out and do.

Only then do they turn to us, who had worked eight hours with no meal break, and offer us the sandwiches. They laid them on the table, and walked away, saying: "Hey, guys, go ahead and help yourselves, you're welcome!"

Five sandwiches for 11 guys. We just looked at each other, and the retreating backs of the admin chicks...

None of us took the sandwiches.


Fark handles don't often check out that well.

Hax!
 
2019-03-10 06:20:52 AM  

lordargent: Our building clerk would tell us ahead of time when a meeting had too much food ordered, and she would let us know when the meeting was ending and the food would get moved to the nearest break room.

They encouraged folks to save a plate of food for later and even provided containers. The idea being that the food was already paid for and if we didn't take it, it would end up in the trash at the end of the day.

I've taken five cookies before ... but that's because the meeting was over and the organizer said HEY, you guys take some cookies before you leave.

"but these repeat offenders were taking between 6-12 each-legit strutting away with plates piled high"

Ridiculous


That's different because you were given specific instructions to do so, 95% of the time it's meant to be shared by all in the division/area, not to be Bob's meals for the rest of the week.
 
2019-03-10 10:11:37 AM  
When people ask me what my favorite food is, I always say "free".
 
2019-03-10 11:56:28 AM  
Back in 98 I took a lower paying job because of the free food.  They catered in lunch every day and not having to pay for food more than made up for the lower wages.  And since I worked 2nd shift I got to take home leftovers.

When the company was bought by a bigger fish the people at the bigger fish lost their minds over the notion of free food.  It predictably got cancelled, which sucked because it impacted my finances.

Come to think of it, benefits were free at the first joint as well.  That continued for a year after the "merger" then they started charging us 25%, upping it 25% each year until we paid full price.  That REALLY sucked because it erased raises for those 4 years.
 
2019-03-10 12:43:52 PM  

OhioUGrad: That's different because you were given specific instructions to do so, 95% of the time it's meant to be shared by all in the division/area, not to be Bob's meals for the rest of the week.


Yes, that's why I said "ridiculous" to the part of the article I quoted, lol.

// there's also a particular food we have trouble getting rid of after meetings, veggie sandwiches. Everything else will be gone but there will still be three or four of those left.

I've grabbed two before, taken them home, and added some deli meat to them, lol.
 
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