What am I, the office sugar mama?

October 31st, 2011 · 111 comments

Writes Heather in Kentucky: “I keep a basket of candy on my desk, but after having my candy basket completely cleaned out during the night shift on several occasions, I started locking it in my boss’s office overnight.”

A few mornings later, she arrived at her desk to find this oh-so-thoughtful note from one sugar-deprived night-shift worker.

Heather, Hope your [sic] feeling better! Noticed your candy basket is missing so I got you a new one to fill.

related: This is a candy-optional office

FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · candy · Kentucky · office · your/you're


111 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    This one made me chuckle. It’s not passive-aggressive though; it’s just cheeky banter.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   you're not new here, so...

      …why haven’t you read the site’s tagline yet? (You know, the “Funny (if not passive-aggressive) notes…”-bit.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   DrChalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Did I say “It’s not passive-aggressive and therefore shouldn’t be on the site”? No. I pointed out that this is one of the occasions when an entry isn’t passive-aggressive. Your reply is a bit passive-aggressive though, which could cause this thread to turn into a kind of recursive feedback loop of passive-aggression. So watch it!

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:24 am   rating: 36  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   infanttyrone

      PAN morphing to GEB…Code Blue Ant
      Paging Dr. Hofstadter…Ground floor, Stat !

      Nov 1, 2011 at 11:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I also kind of felt that this entry was on a knife edge and could very well have become, or been interpreted as, passive-aggression.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 5:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Clifton Griffin

    I love how irrational, hunger driven line of reasoning here. How likely was it that the absence of candy was due to a missing candy basket?

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   ClearlyDemented

    Ten bucks says the notewriter also bought himself several bags of candy while he was purchasing that, but decided to keep them all for himself, rationalizing that buying the bucket was more than enough of a contribution.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm   rating: 89  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   HotMessSundae

      Love it when people misspell words in angry notes.

      Nov 6, 2011 at 6:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Berva

    It’s like feeding a stray cat: once you start, you can’t stop, OR ELSE.

    A friend of mine once told me the story of her coworker, Jack, an amiable fellow who always brought candy to the office for his coworkers. (Kind of like Dexter and the donuts, only without the serial murders. AS FAR AS I KNOW.) One day, Jack forgot to bring the candy, and people kept coming to his desk, giving him shitty looks, and leaving without a word. Eventually, someone confronted him while he was on the phone with a client, bellowing, “Where’s the fuckin’ CANDY, JackASS?”

    Better off without, perhaps.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm   rating: 151  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   berge bang

      My coworker has an m&m dispenser and whenever it runs out, some jackass inevitably comes by to complain.

      Sugar deprivation brings out the worst in people.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   The Elf

      This is why I’m not nice at work.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:46 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Ann

      Some of my co-workers do that. Sometimes I purposefully leave the candy jar empty, so they have no choice but to ask me for a Snicker or feign small talk in order to work up the nerve to ask for a 100 Grand.
      The ones that beg make at LEAST 40k more than me, while the ones who are just as poor as me, but gracious, often toss me a few bucks as a “Thank You” gesture.
      I fully enjoy watching them squirm like crackheads.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      The thing is; replace the word “candy” with “crack” in your story, and you start to see why Jack kind of brought it on himself.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 5:30 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Kore

      That’s…rude. I had a co-worker who kept a dish of M&Ms on her desk, which I’d regularly raid. So, every once and a while, I’d feel guilty and BUY her a giant bag of M&Ms for the refills.

      I really hope I’m not the only person who does this.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 5:31 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Noelegy

      Similar things are happening to food vendors at the Occupy Wall Street (and Occupy Other Major City) gatherings, when they stop giving out free food to the protesters.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Thursday Euclid

      Fight fire with fire, or you know, passive-aggressive notes.

      “If you’ve helpfully noticed the candy has run out, please feel free to refill it! :) Making the world a sweeter place is EVERYONE’s responsibility! ;)

      Then you can sit back, watch people get close enough to notice the candy’s gone, then notice the note, then pretend to have noticed neither and disappear into the shadows like a candy-deprived ninja whose belly is filled with naught but shame.

      Nov 11, 2011 at 12:54 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Ms Medieval

    Been there! I thought I’d be the “cool” person in the office & put out a candy dish……. who kept eating them then demanding more? The managers who get insane salaries I can’t even imagine. The nerve!

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm   rating: 67  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Penultimate

      My manager used to raid my file cabinet when I wasn’t around. He ate the snacks that I bought for my team with money that they pooled themselves. After several of my team members complained to me, and I asked him to stop multiple times, I finally had to start locking it up which meant that some team members had to wait until late in their shifts to be able to get anything out. It was really irritating.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:28 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   smussyolay

    and it’s a HUGE halloween pumpkin that kids take trick-or-treating. are you KIDDING me? ridic.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Nunavut Guy

      All the regukar sized pumpkins were all smashed up.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Nunavut Guy

      All the regular sized pumpkins were all smashed up.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   aliceblue

      Maybe she should put out raisins?

      Oct 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Rattus

      Or small tubes of toothpaste?

      Nov 1, 2011 at 8:10 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Steve

    … and in the Gift of the Halloween Magi, Heather left her candy in a pile on the floor, and the unwitting night crew Hoovered it.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   litchic

      Oh wow … this made me laugh out loud, Steve. Nice!

      Nov 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Marsha Mason

    Normally I just laugh at the daily passive aggressive notes…but this one actually makes me mad. The presumptuousness of it is actually annoying me. Like Heather should leave a note on it saying “If you would like to store your candy in here, please feel free! I don’t mind at all. But be forewarned I’m going to eat most of it even though it isn’t mine!”

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm   rating: 96  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Suzi

    She should totally plant celery or summat in that, then leave it on her desk with a note apologising for contributing to the obvious obesity issues of the phantom candy-addict, and promising to leave nothing but healthy options for the midnight munchies in future.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm   rating: 76  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   quatfaux

      Team Celery! Or Candytuft. That’d show ‘em.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Jimmy James

      Fill it with soil, and plant an onion or a bulb of garlic in there.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:37 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   pony girl

    That handwriting alone is enough to piss me off.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   berge bang

      By the time I figured out the first sentence, he had already lost my vote.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   FeRD bang

      I only had to go as far as the you’re/your boner to be over it.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Meta

      Can’t believe I had to read through so many comments before the you’re/your was mentioned…I was getting worried. :)

      Nov 1, 2011 at 11:33 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      “Hope your feeling better” :|

      Nov 2, 2011 at 5:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Liz in Albuquerque

      HotMessSundae mentioned it in her 3.1 comment a long time ago.

      Nov 7, 2011 at 9:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   FeRD bang

      Er, #3.1 was left on the morning of November 6.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Amanda

    Wow. Just wow.

    Got entitlement?

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   infanttyrone

    Misuse of “your”…$.08333

    Unselfconscious ‘i’ without even a cutesy heart
    or starbursty adornment…A big wad of moolah, Daddy-O

    Not bothering to sign it because you know that
    Heather will know who wrote it…Priceless

    Oct 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   infanttyrone

      Sorry…should be $.008333 (a dime a dozen)

      Nov 1, 2011 at 11:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Shannon

    I’d leave a note telling the night shift to either start filling up the candy bucket or to shove it up their ungrateful arses, that candy is a privilege and not a right.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Winkie

    Ha! I’m the candy lady at my office. I find that if I line the bottom of the bowl with some gross/foreign/scary-seeming candies, the bowl is never empty, so no-one can complain.

    Although I can’t for the life of me figure out why no one wants the chili-powder coated mango lollies? Those are my favorite!

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm   rating: 97  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   SilentPsycho

      Those actually sound quite tasty actually. Hot chilli or sweet chilli?

      Oct 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   gladystopia

      They’re all eating this, it appears…

      http://www.bad-candy.com/candies/tamarind/

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Rattus

      I had a piece of tamarind candy a couple of years ago. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten, and being the ferociously bad cook that I am, I have eaten some pretty disgusting things.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 8:14 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   The Elf

      Both tamarind candy and chili-coated mango sound pretty damn good to me. Your plan is doomed to failure!

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:49 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   meeper

      That bad candy link is so wrong. That ain’t tamarind candy, that’s tamarind pulp that you use for cooking!

      And I agree with Elf – tamarind candy and chili-coated mango = deliciousness.

      Now me, what I do with my candy dish is put cheap-o dollar store candies in it. They still disappear, but I don’t get complaints when the jar is empty because they all know it’s crappy candy. :)

      Nov 1, 2011 at 10:10 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   Rattus

      There must be some sort of good tamarind candy available, then, because the piece I had made all my internal organs clench. I love tamarind for cooking purposes (not my cooking, mind, but the cooking of those who know what they’re doing), and I love candy in general, but that thing was noxious.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 11:05 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   meeper

      Rattus, this is the kind of candy I had, from South-East Asia. Sour as all heck and salty, but also sweet due to the liberal amount of sugar added and sometimes spicy too if you get ones with added chili. http://hungrydesi.com/2009/06/29/from-the-spice-box-tamarind-candy/

      Can definitely be an acquired taste but is nothing like the pulp that they’re complaining about.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Mr. Squirrel

    I can totally imagine this as a lolcat.

    I CAN HAS MOAR CANDY. HER IZ BUKKIT 2 FILL.

    Everyone knows cats are entitled assholes.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Smokey

      At least my cat can spell better than you.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Rattus

      Are you being facetious or do you not know what a lolcat is?

      Nov 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   gus

    If she takes a dump in there, think the night crew will get the hint?

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Quite Contrary

    For anyone who may be new to this site, the definition of a passive aggressive note is an unsigned “hope you’re feeling better” note.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   The Elf

      Yes, the passive aggressive is strong with this one.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:50 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Sean Jungian

    The only person who notices when I run out of candy at my office is my son, who stops in after school to walk home with me. When I have it, people eat it, and when I don’t have it I don’t hear anything about it.

    This note actually did make me laugh. I like the assumptions the night crew is making here.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Dalamara

    At my last job, my supervisor had a year round candy bucket, but all the girls in the front office would occasionally contribute to it. Sure, we weren’t the only ones that ate out of it, but it was much easier to keep it mostly full with 6 of us contributing instead of 1.

    Interestingly enough the boss over her also had a candy jar, but no one ever went in her office for it lol!

    Oct 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   TJB

    As funny as this note is, it really makes me angry…being a receptionist with a candy jar that gets ravaged within the first hour of it being filled, I sympathize with poor Heather.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Old Uncle Toe bang

    Dear co-worker, thank you. What a treat, after being out for several days with this cold, to come back to a nice new wastebasket in which to put my used tissues…

    Oct 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Larry Sheldon

    I got rid of my candy jar when OI got a formal complaint to my boss about the fact that it had not been refilled while I was on vacation.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm   rating: 74  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Clumber

      Please tell me this is a parable, and not a True Story, Bro.
      please
      I don’t even care if you lie to me. I just don’t want to have to buy gas to drive to $Where-you-live to beat the ever-loving shit out of some very deserving asshats.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Corie

      If you need me I will be in Clumber’s passenger seat.

      Nov 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Larry Sheldon

    And when I had hit the candy dish at the PT shope several times, I bought a bag of candy and left it.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Spooky

    I’m going the other way here, Heather: so you’ll give out free candy to all your nattery time-wasting co-workers about whom you probably complain with some regularity (we all do), but no free sweets to the underpaid guys and gals who clean up your tissues and *candy wrappers*?

    Oct 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Rattus

      If they hadn’t drained the bowl dry, Heather probably would have been happy to leave it out for them. They have only themselves to blame for their candyless nightworld.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 8:21 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   Baku-chan

      Perhaps if they had not been inconsiderate, greedy pigs she would still be leaving candy out for them. But hey, they are not the ones who are spending their money on the candy so why should they give a shit, right?

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   juju_skittles

    I work at a women’s health centre. I have condoms on my desk. Never get PAN about it though when it’s empty…

    Oct 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Palomon

      What would a PA type leave in an empty condom jar? The mind reels.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   Canthz_B bang

      He’d probably be a jerkoff anyway.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   Canthz_B bang

      …or a deadbeat.

      Oct 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.4   Palomon

      …or a limp dick?

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.5   Canthz_B bang

      He’d definitely be self-serving.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:44 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.6   gladystopia

      Anyway, the person who would leave such a note on an empty condom jar would clearly be a master baiter.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:48 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.7   Canthz_B bang

      Well someone’s got to choke the chickens, not me, but different strokes for different folks.
      I didn’t make that up either…it’s in the manual.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.8   Palomon

      Learning to love yourself; it is the greatest love of all.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.9   Canthz_B bang

      Ya gotta admire hands-on types.

      If you want something done right…

      Nov 1, 2011 at 10:10 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.10   infant tyrone bang

      Good Lord, y’all ain’t done yet ?
      Get a grip on yourselves, come on now folks… :-)

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Canthz_B bang

    No smiley face, no candy.

    Etiquette, People…etiquette.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   it's naptime

    I’m wondering if the lotion bottle is also a contribution toward making her “peel” better.

    Oct 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Canthz_B bang

    Heather mixes it with love and makes it all taste goo-…HEY! GET THE HELL AWAY FROM MY CANDY BUCKET!!

    Nov 1, 2011 at 12:50 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Nunavut Guy

    Mongo like candy.

    Nov 1, 2011 at 6:43 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Canthz_B bang

      Blazingly funny!

      Nov 1, 2011 at 9:13 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   Nunavut Guy

      I knew you’d catch that.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.3   Canthz_B bang

      My age is showing, NG!

      Now I want some beans, so please excuse me…and excuse me.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 10:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   The Elf

    As much as it would make my blood boil to see a note like this after providing free candy to coworkers, I have to say this: do not mess with the night shift.

    Best fill that pumpkin before they turn on you, Heather.

    Nov 1, 2011 at 9:54 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Matilda

    I used to be the one filling up the candy bowl but then we ran out & my boss said, “Why can’t you keep this bowl full?” & my response was, “Give me a raise or start paying for the candy yourself.” That shut him up.

    Nov 1, 2011 at 10:27 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Clumber

      Another one with a boss complaining?! Really? I am ashamed to live on the same planet. I just.. eeep… ack… well now y’all have my blood pressure going up, damn you. I suppose it is legally frowned upon to just cold-cock them square in the jaw, too…

      Nov 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   divaandwriter bang

    Heather should leave the empty pumpkin basket on her desk and attach the following note:

    Dear Incredibly Arrogant Jerkface:

    It is not my job to feed the sugar cravings of every employee here at my own expense. However, it seems that I have been doing just that.

    It is now your turn. If you go to your local Costco, Walgreens, Stop & Shop or 99 Cents Store you will find lots of big bags of candy. Please buy some and fill this up yourself.

    You will not be reimbursed and you will be lucky if even one person offers to help out by contributing anything. However, you will have a lot of company, because people will be constantly coming to your desk to reach their hands into the candy dish and help themselves.

    And oh yes … if you ever decide to stop putting out candy for the whole world, you will have to endure complaints, remarks and stupid notes from people whose sense of entitlement is not to be believed.

    Heather

    Nov 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Clumber

      …and from that point, every morning Heather returned to her desk, something was amiss… the power strips were all plugged into themselves in a great long centipede, or all her pencils had been unsharpened, or her special ergonomic chair was soaking wet with no explanation…. Heather shook her fist to the gods and screamed I WILL NEVER UNDERMINE THE NIGHT SHIFT AGAIN!

      or the IT staff /self-serving

      Nov 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Hanna

    WTF??? The nerve.

    Nov 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Dina

    Lol… I had a colleague once who’d search every desk and cabinet in every office for sweets. It was a real arm’s race between him and the rest of us. The funniest thief however was a little mouse we knew lived behind the cabinets. We once left an open pack of Oreos on a desk. When I returned in the evening and switched on the lights, I saw the mouse sitting in the tray, clutching a cookie. It tried to run but wasn’t really fast anymore. I cleaned up the crumbs, left another cookie and put the rest away. The next morning that cookie was gone, too. :-D

    Nov 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   The Elf

      Now I’m picturing Templeton the Rat after the night at the fairground.

      Nov 2, 2011 at 7:22 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.2   Corie

      That is adorable. But I am a weakling for teh cute.

      Nov 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Adam

    This note has made me realize what a jerk I’ve been regarding the candy bowl situation in my office. Tomorrow on the way to work I’m going to buy some candy to give the two people with desks near me who keep candy dishes accessible to everyone.

    Nov 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   divaandwriter bang

      I’m sure they will both appreciate it, if they don’t die first from the shock of having someone actually contribute something. ;)

      Nov 2, 2011 at 8:55 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   Yolanda

    As an underpaid night cleaner I confess my guilt to the sin of eating other people’s candy. I do want to say, however, I never took more than 15% of the total amount present and if there was too little to make such a choice I backed off. Nobody, however, offered a communal candy jar in that place except during special occasions. In that case it was placed by the door, not on a desk, and when empty put away till next time. I think perhaps folks who do not like giving away candy should learn to use an opaque jar or put it away so it is not out there triggering desire on sight and implying generosity.
    Oh, and night cleaning does take a lot of energy so it’s not hard to see how they might have gone too far.

    Nov 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   Angela

      Yolanda, nothing wrong with nightshift workers getting hungry, but there’s also nothing wrong with buying your own candy every once in a while or buying some every now and then to contribute to the pot when it’s getting empty. This is no judgement on you, but 15% a little at a time does add up, even if it’s not you emptying the jar ever.

      If I had a candy jar on my desk, I would not be upset with someone eating some, just as long as it’s not the same person/people eating all of it all the time (that’s not fair to everyone else) and as long as they don’t leave presumptuous notes like this! This note actually makes me see red, it annoys me that much!

      Nov 3, 2011 at 6:21 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.2   The Elf

      As far as I’m concerned, if the candy bowl is out it is meant to be dipped into, whether you are day shift or night shift. As long as you don’t clean them out, or offer a note like this, you’re fine.

      When it comes to special occasion food, in our office it’s generally encouraged to take some home after the event. The idea is that no one wants the temptation of large amounts of leftovers, so take it. Please! In fact, it is not unusual for people to bring in holiday food after the holiday to get rid of it.

      Nov 3, 2011 at 6:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   Lunatic Fringe

    This makes me want to buy a candy jar and fill it with disgusting candy. Then we’ll see who wants to gobble it down. I’m going to buy a bunch of salmiakki- hahaha!

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Liz in Albuquerque

      I volunteer at my kids’ school library. We often have candy or nuts out for us adults to snack on. One day a fith grade boy & his cronies bugged me mercilessly for some candy. I’ve know this kid since preschool so I went out of my way to find fish flavored candy and gave it to him. The brat liked it! I was so bummed.

      Nov 7, 2011 at 10:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.2   The Elf

      I had to look up slamiakki and this is what I got from wiki “Salty liquorice, also known as salmiak or salmiakki is a variety of liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride….”

      Ammonium? Chloride? Oh, that’s how I like my candy. Flavored with my chemistry set.

      Nov 7, 2011 at 11:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   Devi

    I AM the night crew at my office, and I’m the one who fills the candy bowl for the day crews!

    Nov 4, 2011 at 2:55 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Seitensprung

    Glad to be a freelancer and have my candy just for me. :-)

    Herb Seitensprung

    Nov 6, 2011 at 4:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   sarah

    aw this one kinda made me sad. maybe the candy basket is the only thing that brightens up his night? why not keep the basket and spread a little cheer. sometimes its the little things to look forward to that help people get through.

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Shivs

    I’m not about read 103 comments but I hope I’m not the only one who thinks it’s tacky as sh*t to put an entire basket of candy in plain view and then police how much people eat. Put your stash in a drawer if it’s for you only. If it’s for everyone, be glad you’re making someone’s night shift better. Whiner…

    Nov 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   Jess

      Apparently you didn’t read the post. She did lock the candy up, that’s what prompted the note.

      Nov 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   Ray A.

    I hope that YOU’RE working the night shift because YOU’RE pulling yourself through school in the daytime to learn how to spell. That will also explain the need for so much sugar…

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Cormamin

    This happens with my tissues all the time. No one buys me new ones, though.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 9:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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