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Old 03-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #16
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We have 4 fridges at work and that has to accommodate a lot of people. Most people put in a small lunch bag, maybe yogurt or string cheese, a frozen meal, etc., and then the others...

I think it's inconsiderate to stock the fridge at work like it's the one at your home!! Loaves of bread, heads of lettuce, lunch meat, large jars of mayo, gallons of milk for one person, you get what I'm saying.
Make your sandwich at home and bring it in so that maybe more than you and 5 other people can fit something in the fridge. Everyday I see someone try to fit their smaller lunch bag in and give up.

Or, my favorite, the woman who brought 16 lean cuisines in and filled up almost 2 of the 4 freezers. That was nice of her.
Seriously? Maybe 2 or 3 at time, but 16????

ugh!
The last office that I worked at, many of us had our own little box fridges under our desks in our own cubicles... it was great, the bosses loved it as we didn't have leave our desk just to get a drink, and no complained about people hogging the fridge.
I am the process of setting my home office back up, as I finally got a new job today, and I will be stocking my mini fridge back there with yogurt, cheese sticks, bottled water and such so I don't have to leave my office to get a snack/drink, and I can be "at work" once again. Considering turning our old slide in camper into an office so I can actually leave "home" and go to "work".
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:39 PM   #17
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The last office that I worked at, many of us had our own little box fridges under our desks in our own cubicles... it was great, the bosses loved it as we didn't have leave our desk just to get a drink, and no complained about people hogging the fridge.
I am the process of setting my home office back up, as I finally got a new job today, and I will be stocking my mini fridge back there with yogurt, cheese sticks, bottled water and such so I don't have to leave my office to get a snack/drink, and I can be "at work" once again. Considering turning our old slide in camper into an office so I can actually leave "home" and go to "work".
While we have 3 fridges spread across 3 break rooms, a lot of folks opt for the dorm fridges under their desk. Yeah, the public fridges get gross. We had a reporter buy some fish for a story, left it in the public fridge for months, they he denied it was the same fish. The wonder of TV, we found his story, cued up the close up of the label, and pointed out the price, weight and sell by date were the same. Guilty as charged.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:07 PM   #18
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The fridges in the staff room at my school are also crowded, and gross! Not only are they filled with lunches, but teachers often need to refrigerate ingredients for their classroom projects and parties. Yesterday, there were several cartons of hard boiled eggs stacked up. Today is my day off, but I can only imagine the number of Easter cupcakes and jugs of fruit punch and lemonade in there!

My sister was having fridge problems at her office. She likes to keep a few drinks and snacks in the fridge, but she would often find her bag opened like someone had been rifling through it. One day, we went shopping at Target and we each bought a mini fridge. Actually, she paid for both of them! She's the VP of Finance at her company and is authorized to make donations on behalf of the company. She bought herself a fridge and donated one with company money to my special needs classroom. It's just big enough for the three of us staff members to keep our lunches, a few bottles of water and cans of soda. We also keep little ice packs in the freezer compartment for bumps and boo boos! We keep it clean and defrosted, and I take it home during the summers so it doesn't get up and "walk away."
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #19
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I used to work in a federal government building. If you personally did not contribute to the fridge fund you could not use the fridge. Yes, the agency did not supply the fridge and people would contribute money as a group to pay for a fridge.

And yes, there was a sign up sheet and you would get "talked about" if you didn't pay in the fund for a fridge.

They had the same rules for microwave as well. If you didn't pay for it, you couldn't use the microwave.

There was the same rule about the water cooler as well...

I could go on.

Needless to say, I didn't pay for a fridge, microwave or water funds.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:47 PM   #20
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Every place I've ever worked, there's been a lot of contention about the office refrigerators. You try to get a sign-up sheet so everyone pitches in on cleaning, but it always ends up with only a couple of people cleaning and everyone else "forgetting". I got so fed up one time that I threw everything out, cleaned the refrig and put a small padlock on the plug so it couldn't be plugged in (as office manager, I could get away with stuff like that). A week of moaning and groaning and then most everyone pitched in for about six months. Alas, then it started over again and I had to threaten to get the padlock out. I don't know what it would take to get everyone with the program.....
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:33 PM   #21
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While we have 3 fridges spread across 3 break rooms, a lot of folks opt for the dorm fridges under their desk. Yeah, the public fridges get gross. We had a reporter buy some fish for a story, left it in the public fridge for months, they he denied it was the same fish. The wonder of TV, we found his story, cued up the close up of the label, and pointed out the price, weight and sell by date were the same. Guilty as charged.
My office banned those, along with under desk heaters. Cubicles typically are not wired for refrigerators or heaters.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:48 AM   #22
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My office banned those, along with under desk heaters. Cubicles typically are not wired for refrigerators or heaters.
I work in a federal building and the small refridgerators under the desk would NEVER be allowed. When i worked for a private company in an office building, they were allowed, even in cubicles. They didn't seem to cause any power issues but the small heaters sure did.
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Every month the refrigerators and freezers in my office get cleaned of everything. A note is posted about a week before and literally everything that is in there is tossed. It keeps people from doing what people in your office are doing. I personally bring my lunch in an insulated bag and keep it on my desk.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:38 AM   #24
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Wow thats so rude! if you know who the food belongs to, i'd confront him/her. Or you can go to the supervisor/manager and have them deal with it.

At my work i've had to deal with food thieves! I hate that!
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Just curious how in the food scenario it would be Ok to report this behavior to a supervisor but in the hospital parking lot thread scenario it would not be OK to report it to a supevisor? Neither scenario has to do with the person's work performance.

Truly don't understand the difference. To me yelling an obscenity to someone in the workplace parking lot is a bigger offense than taking up too much fridge space.

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I wouldn't use a community fridge like that because one never knows who is pawing through one's food.

An insulated bag with an ice pack works fine for me, thanks.
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Kind of OT, but I love passive-aggressive Fridge Notes....
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We have 4 fridges at work and that has to accommodate a lot of people. Most people put in a small lunch bag, maybe yogurt or string cheese, a frozen meal, etc., and then the others...

I think it's inconsiderate to stock the fridge at work like it's the one at your home!! Loaves of bread, heads of lettuce, lunch meat, large jars of mayo, gallons of milk for one person, you get what I'm saying.
Make your sandwich at home and bring it in so that maybe more than you and 5 other people can fit something in the fridge. Everyday I see someone try to fit their smaller lunch bag in and give up.

Or, my favorite, the woman who brought 16 lean cuisines in and filled up almost 2 of the 4 freezers. That was nice of her.
Seriously? Maybe 2 or 3 at time, but 16????

ugh!
Where I work, anything in the fridge seems to be fair game for quite a few people. So bring in a loaf of bread and you'd be happy to get a few slices after everyone filched it. Milk? Yeah, I used to bring CoffeeMate creamer in. Put my initials on the bottle and it was STILL gone in a week (I drink one 16 oz cup of coffee a day). 16 lean cuisines? Again, she'd be considered "lucky" if she actually got to eat 5 out of the 16 of her own frozen meals.
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My office banned those, along with under desk heaters. Cubicles typically are not wired for refrigerators or heaters.
In this day and age, with folks running power hungry computers, and laser printers and scanners and paper shredders in their cubicles, if a little fridge causes issues with as little power as they draw, you've got big time wiring problems.
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The policy at our work is everything is pitched on Fridays and cleaned by the cleaning crew. I've lost perfectly good lean cuisine's and various tupperware containers when I skipped lunch and forgot to grab items by 4pm on Friday.

At our busiest times of year when we work into the wee hours and over the weekend we halt the fridge clean-outs for a few weeks. By the end of that 3 weeks the fridges are just gross.

I like that they clean them every friday, it stops people from stock-piling and keeps them nice and clean

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Kind of OT, but I love passive-aggressive Fridge Notes....
LOL, OMG who has the time for that? I can't even imagine something making me so upset that I would write a note about it

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OP, it's sound as though you hold a managerial position with the hospital. As such I would at a minimum report the incident to the offender's supervisor, if you aren't comfortable addressing it that way, then report in directly to HR.

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Just curious how in the food scenario it would be Ok to report this behavior to a supervisor but in the hospital parking lot thread scenario it would not be OK to report it to a supevisor? Neither scenario has to do with the person's work performance.

Truly don't understand the difference. To me yelling an obscenity to someone in the workplace parking lot is a bigger offense than taking up too much fridge space.

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I had the same thought. Seems leaving 16 lean cuisine's in a fridge is much more tame than swearing at others while on work grounds.
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I used to work in a federal government building. If you personally did not contribute to the fridge fund you could not use the fridge. Yes, the agency did not supply the fridge and people would contribute money as a group to pay for a fridge.

And yes, there was a sign up sheet and you would get "talked about" if you didn't pay in the fund for a fridge.

They had the same rules for microwave as well. If you didn't pay for it, you couldn't use the microwave.

There was the same rule about the water cooler as well...

I could go on.

Needless to say, I didn't pay for a fridge, microwave or water funds.
I guess it depends on how big the staff is, but most of the Federal offices here have their own cafeterias, run and staffed by Federal workers. Now, the cafeteria is supposed to be self sufficent with prices charged covering the cost, but they government is paying for the space and the electricity, so all they have to cover is food cost and labor.
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