The Hunger (Mind) Games

March 25th, 2012 · 85 comments

…because if there’s one thing you can do to help the starving children of Africa, it’s to eat a cupcake. (Sigh.)

That said, nobody wants the damn thing after you’ve taken a bite out of it. Don’t try to assuage your guilt/food issues by telling yourself that someone else will eat it.

Who can't finish a mini cupcake?! There are starving children in Africa you know. Signed,  Someone who doesn't like to see dessert wasted. :(

related: The Nibbler — the plague of office breakrooms everywhere

extra credit: Charity Navigator’s top-rated charities providing aid to victims of famine and drought in Africa

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85 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Susan

    I think the note was addressing the person who took the bite, not that it was written by that person. I think the writer meant, “How could you, Person Who Took A Bite, not be able to just go ahead and eat the whole thing? Now it will be wasted because no one else will want to touch it.”

    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Serenity

      yeah, I think that was pretty clear to everyone. thanks tho!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 8:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   H for Toy bang

      I think the note was from George Washington to that guy who disliked the Constitution. I think the writer meant that we do have the right to bear arms. Or Susan is right. I’m not sure.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   redheadwglasses

      My standards aren’t that high. I’d eat the rest ofthat cupcake, probably in one bite.

      Mar 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Colleen Martel

    I have these ladies at work that do something similar-they eat half of everything and leave the other half for someone else. You know what, NEW RULE-if you ass is so big you feel you can only eat half and want to tear a chocolate chip cookie in half and leave the other torn half because ‘ someone will eat it’ -DO NOT DO IT!

    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   FeRD bang

      Or use a knife. There’s nothing wrong with cutting a cookie or cupcake in half cleanly, and then taking one portion, if you know going in that you have no intention of eating the whole thing. There are plenty of people (including myself) who’d have no qualms about eating the remaining obviously-intentionally-halved piece.

      But, yeah, if it looks half-eaten, or torn apart with someone’s presumably-germ-ridden bare hands, I ain’t goin’ near it.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   kermit

      FeRD, must you be so reasonable? Progress does not depend upon the reasonable man, as Shaw once (sorta) said.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Who passed out the Haterade?

      I can see how it’s an improvement over nibbling, but we’ve evolved a special breed of cutters at my workplace that make me think of it as less than polite regardless.

      It’s one thing to work graveyard and know management is periodically buying food for (only) 1st and 2nd shift. Not receiving the same benefit as someone else may not be “fair”, but it doesn’t actually cause you any grief.

      It’s another to keep having to clean up the nasty mess of crumbs, spills, food smears, and empty boxes that they leave behind… apparently rationalized by the fact they generously left a half-donut or a truncated slice of congealed pizza. How nice of them.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 6:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   The Elf

      I’m a cut-it-in-half-er (with a knife!). I want the treat, but I don’t want ALL of the treat. Portion sizes are so big! Thankfully, I can usually find someone else right there willing to split, so we both get half and nothing is left.

      But when I don’t, I cut it in half anyway. But who *bites* it in half and leaves it? I guess that would be the same person who breaks opens the chocolates to see the fillings before selecting.

      Oh, and if the box just has the two half-donuts left, just toss it out.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 7:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Point taken… I should have phrased it differently. Being less than polite in some cases doesn’t make it so in all cases, just as all vegans aren’t represented by the infamous “your little meat-eating friends” beeyotch.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 9:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Noelegy

      It always puzzled me, as a kid, to go to church and see the communion trays being passed around (Church of Christ), with these little plastic shot glass-looking things full of grape juice, and people would sip PART of the juice out and leave part behind, even though you know that nobody was going to come along and chug the other part.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   Beatus Mongous

      We have food halvers and nibblers at my workplace, and it drives me crazy. However, the reason they do it here isn’t because they’re trying to lose weight or they don’t want it to go to their hips. They do it because they want to taste more than one item, so they rip two donuts in half, and eat half of each. That pisses me off.

      So I bought a box of donuts and ripped them into tiny pieces.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.8   The Elf

      Ooooh, now *that’s* passive aggressive!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.9   thrall

      Decades ago, my great grandmother had a term for those half cakes and half chocolates. Spit-backs.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.10   amazon

      There is, however, a special place in hell for those who just eat the tops off muffins. No one wants your muffin bottom!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.11   Halferd

      “Top of the muffin to YOU!”

      Mar 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Sam

    The person who wrote the note is right.. It’s a mini cupcake, not even a normal/ big one. Just take it with you if you can’t finish it right there because no1 is going to touch that.

    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Shana

      “no1???” God, that’s almost as depressing as the mouth-breathers who substitute “ur” for “your.” If you can’t find the energy for another three keystrokes, you should be in bed sleeping, not goofing around on the internet.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   infanttyrone

      Maybe “Sam” is alluding to the Cyclops episode in Homer’s Odyssey, where Odysseus gets the one-eyed-ogre drunk, then tells Polyphemus (the Cyclops) that his (Odysseus’) name is “Noman” or “Nobody” and puts out his (Polyphemus’) eye with an burning stake. Of course then we get the classic joke of the enraged Polyphemus roaring out to his fellow Cyclopes that “Nobody blinded me”. Maybe Sam’s updated version of the episode has him saying “no1 blinded me” instead of “Nobody blinded me”.

      Or maybe he’s posting from a phone and trying to save data charges.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   tch tch

      that is and can not. Just sayin’.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 5:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   bookworm

      Tch tch, the comment you are responding to at least uses real words.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   Beatus Mongous

      @tch tch: *cannot. It’s one word.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   tch tch

      I think you will find it can be either.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.7   Beatus Mongous

      It can be, but in this particular case, it is “cannot”.

      Mar 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   lupanime

    It looks like the person who took the bite just didn’t like that particular mini cupcake.
    About the waste: my husband is a chef and has worked in several restaurants. You’d be surprised to know how many waiters LOVE eating customer’s leftovers. They even fight and curse for them if they see someone throwing the leftobers in the garbage bin! I know, it’s grosssssss

    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   jen

      that is depressing as all get out, lupan

      Mar 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Me

      Is your husband really a chef or just a cook? I have been in the industry for years and while I have seen people try to eat off plates it is a huge sin in the business and no chef worth his salt (pun intended) allows that to go on in his or her kitchen. Also, while I can not speak for every state this behavior is most certainly against the board health codes in most places.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   AuntyBron

      It’s also a health code violation.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   SeeYouInTea

      When I was sixteen, I worked at a fast food place and the amount of food we threw away was astounding. Most nights employees would take the food home instead of trashing it. Whole pizzas, giant trays of chicken tenders, beef patties, and everything else. It’s disgusting.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   lilgreenfish

      First, ewww.

      Second, that could get a place shut down so quickly…

      If it was a whole dish that hadn’t been touched, our managers would occasionally let it be boxed up for someone, but never leftovers…that’s just disgusting.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   A


      I knew of someone who got sacked for taking home food from Starbucks @ the end of their shift. This was good food that was unsold/untouched by the end of the day yet destined for the trash by, it was not leftovers. Thats so sad!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 12:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.7   FeRD bang

      I’m not anti-regulation, in fact I suspect most people screaming about oppressive government restrictions are full of it, and really just looking to get away with something they shouldn’t be doing. But if the health code puts restrictions on what restaurant employees are allowed to voluntarily choose to put into their own bodies, then the health code is seriously fucked up.

      What is the restaurant supposed to do, keep the dishes under armed guard until all remaining food has been safely evacuated? Presumably into a special, hermetically-sealed vessel, with a time lock so it can only be opened when the Leftovers Disposal Squad containment specialist comes to empty it.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.8   kermit

      As a person who did my time in restaurant and fast food purgatory, I highly doubt that waiters / employees are fighting to eat left over food. If anything, working in a restaurant taught me that I would never pay good money to actually eat there, let alone take the free food.

      Fast food places have rules against employees taking left-over food because of the cost/waste component. Most burgers and fries are cooked in advance. So if you wanted to make sure you have left over to take home, there is an incentive to cook more food than you can realistically sell. This is really only a problem during the night shift when you have to clean everything out and switch over to the breakfast menu.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.9   Daniel

      What kermit said. I worked in a restaurant for several years, and never saw any server even remotely be tempted to eat leftovers … in fact most had the opposite reaction.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 4:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.10   bookworm

      Anybody else feel excited about eating at restaurants where the cooking staff is kept starving? Anyone? Bueller?

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.11   The Elf

      No one wants to see the sausage being made.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.12   Noelegy

      When I was in my early 20s, I got a waitressing job at a local catfish eatery. Soon after, my teenaged brother started working at the same place, as a dishwasher. Employees got unlimited free food, and I was embarrassed at first at how much food my football-playing brother was shoveling away. The owner told me not to worry, that he’d soon get over it and not even want to touch fried catfish. :)

      I never worked fast food–I worked at two Mexican (non-chain) restaurants, a Middle Eastern place, and the aforementioned catfish joint–and with the exception of the Middle Eastern restaurant, all of those put me “off” that particular kind of food for several months after stopping working there.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.13   Cat

      That seems unlikely. Starbucks does have policies regarding how unsold food items are distributed at the end of the day. Once they have been checked out of inventory they are either sent home with employees, thrown away or (most often) donated to a local homeless shelter or other food distribution program (in which case they have to keep pretty good tabs of what is going where in order to make tax deductions properly) . I ate a lot of unsold salads and sandwiches when I was working at Starbucks.
      Your friend was maybe taking sandwiches before they had been marked out or had done something more to piss off their supervisor.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.14   kermit

      Cat –

      I can “confirm” this because I also had a room-mate once that worked at Starbucks. He brought stuff home all the time and taught me stuff about coffee to boot!

      When the employees don’t actually make/assemble the food, like at Starbucks, there is no problem with stealing food.

      And I never witnessed any employee “starve” in a restaurant because they didn’t take food. Most people either made their own plate of food with the stuff already there (e.g. a salad, made how they liked it instead of how it was on the menu)

      Mar 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.15   Beatus Mongous


      It’s possible that certain locations have different policies, and some managers are dicks.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.16   Really?

      @Beatus Mongous, except that Starbuck is a corporation and has the same rules at every location.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.17   Poltergeist

      I honestly see nothing wrong with allowing somebody to eat leftover food that’s destined for the garbage. There have been instances where I’ve ordered things, such as gargantuan pasta dishes, that I couldn’t finish and really couldn’t see myself eating again anytime within the foreseeable future, so I leave it. If some waiter wants to eat it, who the fuck cares? What’s the difference between that and me asking for it to be wrapped up and then handing it to the waiter myself as a gift? Would the ban me from doing that? If you want to eat some stranger’s leftover food, I say nobody should be allowed to stop you. FREEDOM!

      Mar 27, 2012 at 1:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.18   Beatus Mongous


      Keep in mind that local and state laws still must be followed at a local level even within a corporation. For example, in some cities and states, giving untouched left-over food to a homeless shelter is a major health violation, whereas in other areas there is no law governing the donation of untouched left-overs. The corporation may make a policy to abide by the laws on a location by location basis, rather than a company wide policy, in order to benefit the homeless as much as possible.

      And yet, some managers are still dicks regardless of the corporate policies.

      Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.19   SilentPsycho

      I work in a museum, but we do have a room which is often hired out for business meetings. If there’s a catered lunch ordered, any remains always go to the staff room, where most of it disappears before the end of the day. If we have to organise, arrange, and generally go above and beyond in order to make their day the best we can, we kind of deserve to at least get some of the nibbles! Especially with meetings like today, where they served crispy aromatic duck, pizza, game pie, and spicy samosas, the feeding frenzy between employees can be rather impressive.

      Mar 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Suspended Donkey

    I would like to posit that said cupcake did not taste as expected. Fine. But, come on, NotePoster, what you gonna do? Mail a half-eaten cupcake to some waif in Africa?

    It’s in a paper bowl, from what I can tell, so just throw the damn thing away if you don’t like it.

    Mar 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Lil'

      It seems the notewriter doesn’t like to see dessert wasted, but she doesn’t mind wasting a paper plate to make her obnoxious display. “Save the food, not the planet.”

      Mar 26, 2012 at 8:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   infanttyrone

    Dear Facilitator of Cupcake Abandonment Issues:
    Maybe you’re too young to have developed a taste for Red Velvet, or maybe the ratio of icing to cake is too high. Maybe you thought you detected an adulterant like paprika or Visine…whatever the cause…
    Take it back to your desk or work area and dump it if you don’t like it.

    Dear Conscience of All Things Food:
    “There are starving children in Africa you know.”
    Without a comma after Africa, (like that one) you are asserting that the cupcake abandoner is on familiar terms with starving children there.
    If, in some emotional paroxysm, you just forgot the comma, then please give us the names and locations of at least five of these starving children.
    BTW, that is a lot of icing, and WTF are those red sprinkles on top of it ?

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   lilgreenfish

      I think it’s taken from an odd angle, that’s making it look like a lot of frosting.

      Then again…my most favorite cupcake place ever, Tee & Cakes, puts insane amounts of frosting on their cupcakes. It’s a sugar-lover’s heaven.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   kermit

      Red sprinkles could be the Visine-laced paprika you mentioned.

      Or perhaps they’re bits of dried blood. After eating the horrible cupcake, the person went into conniptions and decided to end it all, leaving only the cupcake as evidence.

      “How I was murdered by a cupcake: the Sandra office lady story”, airing next Friday night on the Hallmark channel. With special director’s commentary by anorexic supermodels and Paula Deen.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   infanttyrone

      I think you’re onto something with the dried blood.
      Paprika or another irritant maybe, but Visine less likely.

      The original confection appeared to be a simple Red Velvet cupcake with white frosting, but the cake part was laced with weaponized warfarin.
      Due to the super-fast-acting nature of the anti-coagulant rat poison, when the irritant reached a sort of critical mass in the throat, the unlucky nibbler sneezed and the great speckled frosting effect was created.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Seanette

      This sub-conversation is reminding me of a hilarious Cake Wreck. See

      Mar 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Sioux

    Every mouthful you eat after you’re full is wasted; sure, it’s wasted if you put it in the bin but it’s also wasted if you put it in your mouth. The only difference is that if you put it in your mouth it’s bad for you. Guilt trips like this are a short road to obesity.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   A

      Or they could just store it to eat lathen for when they are hungry.

      @ the end of the day, people have little excuse for food waste or obesity yet it goes on and on.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Beatus Mongous

      Or, imagine this one, they DON’T EAT IT AT ALL. One bite isn’t going to fill you up, so if one bite is all you can handle, then pass it on to someone who can handle more.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   FeRD bang

      @BM (sorry!):
      Yeah, in general you’re absolutely right. But I can imagine plenty of situations (office parties, social-pressure events like weddings, etc.) where there’s a perceived or real expectation that you just suck it up and play along, for appearances’ sake. “Oh, you have to try one of my cupcakes, I made them especially for you!”

      The wasting of food becomes a lesser concern in these situations — and, let’s face it, one wasted cupcake won’t knock the Earth off its axis, despite the standard-issue histrionics of the notewriter. So, I can imagine situations where “just don’t eat it” isn’t a viable option. At least taking a bite for show is “required”, regardless if you want or enjoy what’s offered.

      Of course, I can’t imagine why anyone would then leave the evidence lying aroud! You quickly stuff it in a napkin and make it vanish, not set it down somewhere it’ll become a target for pusillanimous note-writers. That’s, like, covered in the first week of “Pretending To Be Civilized In Polite Company 101″. Dumb, dumb, dumb — perhaps malnutrition is to blame?

      Mar 27, 2012 at 3:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Hazel

    Reminds me of when I was a kid and my Mom and Dadwould try to get me to eat my dinner by telling me that starving children in Africa would love to have a meal like this. My standard reply was “Well send it to Africa then so I don’t have to eat it”.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Spooky

      That is SO unique!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   FeRD bang

      You are, like, sooooo condescending Muffy!

      Mar 27, 2012 at 3:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Spooky

      You don’t know the haaalff of it, Bif!

      Mar 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   QoS

    I was the same. Parents tried to guilt-trip me into eating my food via the starving-children-in-Africa angle. Until, at 7 yrs old, my mother caught me trying to cross a busy road to get to the post office with a half-eaten sandwich in an envelope. The envelope was labelled:
    Starving Children, Africa
    That was the end of that.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Eileen

    We don’t have to go all the way to Africa. There are starving children right here in America. And they still wouldn’t want that bitten cupcake.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      I’m betting if they are actually STARVING, they’ll take that bitten cupcake.

      Not that anyone should make a point of offering half-eaten food – that’s just rude and gross.

      In America, kids rarely *starve* unless it is linked with abusive or neglectful parents. The more common problem is malnurishment or food insecurity, but that’s a little different. In fact, poverty here is more strongly associated with obesity than with starvation.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 7:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Sue

      Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids who do only have one meal a day, and that’s at a free school lunch. I used to be one of them. If you don’t believe me, check out some families in Appalachia.

      Mar 30, 2012 at 11:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   The Elf

      I believe you. I know there are families who cannot afford to feed their children regularly. Nevertheless, getting one meal a day is not *starvation*. That is a word with specific meaning, and the number of people actually dying from lack of food in the United States is pretty darn low. When seen in children, it’s typically linked with child abuse or neglect. Or anorexia, but I guess the anorexics wouldn’t want the cupcake either.

      Mar 30, 2012 at 11:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Lil'

    I don’t really know why she took the time to write the note. If she hates waste, she should just put it in a sealed container in the fridge and wait for the breakroom bandit to steal it. It’s a win-win.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Adriana

    Food is not zero sum. Food that I eat or don’t eat or half eat has nothing to do with why kids in Africa are starving. It’s fine, maybe even preferable, to stop eating when you don’t like food or you’re not hungry anymore. Or you could be like my grandfather who sits down with a box of cookies, eats the ENTIRE THING, and then says, “God, those were awful cookies.”

    Mar 26, 2012 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   L

      Yes, it is okay not to eat a whole anything. But it is NOT okay to leave half eaten food in a common area.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Adriana

      Didn’t say that it was. I’m commenting on the PA note only.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Noelegy

      Heh. You reminded me of some store-brand Fig Newton-type cookies that I bought some months back. They weren’t terrible, they just weren’t Fig Newtons. I put them in the common break area, and they disappeared immediately. I hope whoever took them enjoyed them more than I did.

      My dad does the same thing; he’ll eat all of something and then complain about how bad it was.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   janos

    I cant resist eating the icing and leaving the cupcake for someone else.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 10:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   FeRD bang

      You know you can buy that stuff in jars, pure and uncut? Now that’s a rush!

      Mar 27, 2012 at 3:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   bookworm

    Being forced by OCD parents to finish everything on one’s plate is why there is an “obesity epidemic” in the States right now. I’d rather have someone decide that maybe they can’t finish all their dinner and leave it than cram it all in their face anyway and then spend the rest of the evening complaining about how they’re going to gain weight.

    And this is coming from someone who still has a hard time pushing their plate aside when they’re full. Thanks for the food guilt, mom.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf

      You’re welcome, hon. It’s a gift that keeps giving! Now, finish your dinner or you won’t get any dessert.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Kaytie

      Many of those parents were not “OCD.” The obesity epidemic seems to have blossomed with the “baby boomers” and theory is now linking the “clean your plate club,” which is now just beginning to subside, to THEIR parents, most of whom survived the Great Depression and never really got over the anxiety of the idea that the availability of their next meal could disappear tomorrow. Until you can understand what that must have been like for them, restrain your bitterness, malice and blame.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Really?

      Not sure what OCD has to do with any of this, but Kaytie’s comment is right on the money!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Poltergeist

      No it’s not. There’s a reason we have a full feeling. Our body is telling us “I’ve had enough food!” Just because Grandma and Grandpa lived through the Great Depression is no reason to force little Suzy Q to eat until she has a bellyache.

      Mar 27, 2012 at 1:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   L

      That has NOTHING to do with this. If you can’t finish something AT WORK, either take it with you, or throw it out. By doing this, you are not only taking it away from someone who may have eaten the whole thing (wasting food) but you’re making a mess for someone to clean up. It’s inconsiderate, plain and simple.

      Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   deprogrammed

    If you diet doesn’t allow the entire thing, for goodness sake leave it alone entirely. I hate random snackers. Not to mention the pure heresy of ruining a red velvet cupcake for someone who isn’t pretending to give a damn about the calories.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Kaytie

      So the fact that I can only have a bit of something means that I’m not entitled to any of it? Hmm, that seems like it will be popular. “Well, you were only going to get $300 back on your tax return, so we decided that you weren’t entitled to any of it.” Um, no. If I have 100 calories left for the day I’m going to EAT 100 calories — even if it means slicing something in half. So sorry if that bothers you, but, newsflash: nobody died and made you boss of how and what people eat. So sad.

      Mar 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   Really?

      Slice it up then! Don’t take a BITE out of a mini cupcake and then PUT IT BACK in the common area of your work place!!

      Mar 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   M&M

      It is on a plate, who is to say they were going to come back to finish it, and just forgot? Or maybe the cupcake was so disgusting, they jumped up from their seat to rush to the bathroom to vomit?

      Mar 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   sgtyukon

    Children are starving in Africa? Then, by all means, send them my asparagus!

    Mar 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Omnivore

    That cupcake was fucking disgusting.

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   A


      Mar 27, 2012 at 2:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   chelle

    Africa? Hell, there are staving children in Detroit…

    Mar 28, 2012 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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