Ice Box-ing

December 26th, 2012 · 45 comments

The most extreme case of ice hoarding I’ve seen comes to us from an office in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania:

I bring my ICE from home! Please don't TAKE IT. [Response]: You are very strange.

Personally, I think Nicolette’s “Aunt Anny” in California is onto something. (Assuming, of course, that people have the recipe.)

Make Ice Make More Ice Fucking Ice Bin (Keep it fucking full)

related: Four approaches to ice cube maintenance

FILED UNDER: ice · office

45 responses so far ↓

  • #1   scott hall


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

    • #1.1   Nonnamus

      Very often, the smartest people in an office are considered strange.

      Before I retired, I would bring ice in from home because I made my ice from filtered water (so it tasted better), my co-workers would seldom make ice (so it wasn’t consistently available) and nobody was too concerned about hygiene of the ice trays (so my ice tasted better and was safer too!)

      I was smarter than the ice-lover above in that I would keep my ice in frozen dinner boxes. It took my co-workers more than a year to discover that trick. Then I switched to a plastic container which *looked like* it was wrapped in foil.

      That held until I was out of there (~two years, iirc). I had to refresh the foil covering from time to time, but it was worth it because I could make iced tea using the K-cup brewer and it was delish!

      P.S. One of the office fridges had an icemaker, but my co-workers were so stupid they would constantly do something to mess it up, like jam the mechanism which dumped the cubes (in the mistaken impression that action increased the rate of ice production [I kid you not]) or leave the freezer door open so the water wouldn’t freeze (I kid you not). I’d rather be strange than that stupid.

      Dec 27, 2012 at 10:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Ro

      Points deducted for “delish”.

      Dec 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   nunavut guy

      Hmmmmmmmmmm…….yes….strange indeed.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   anoano

      nonnamus, you sound like a very strange and pretentious douche.

      Dec 30, 2012 at 2:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Chris Baker

      Nonnamus: I’m with you. I would never eat anything that has been sitting open in the office fridge or freezer. No telling what has been fallen in/how long it’s been there, etc.

      Dec 30, 2012 at 8:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Winkie

      Anoano, you seem like a judgemental douche. Woohoo name calling is fun.

      Also, the office icemaker never gets cleaned, the scoop for the ice never gets cleaned, and the whole affair is just gross. Nothing pretentious about not wanting gross in yo mouth.

      Jan 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   L

      Did you know that the ice in fast food restaurants is usually dirtier than the toilet seats?

      Jan 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   redheadwglasses

    I can kind of understand this. We have some ice-users in our office, and sometimes that freezer gets a stinkiness to it (usually coinciding with the fridge needing to be cleaned).

    Then again, the only purpose ice cubes have in my life is to make cocktails, so maybe I’ll have an ice maker installed at my desk.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Jami

    I can see the point of both. I’ve seen my coworkers make ice even when the ice trays have been left out empty and damp for so long mold is growing in them. (They only make ice in the summer.) And I have a brother who’s notorious for emptying ice cube trays and not refilling them. He apparently thinks making ice is “women’s work.” (He can be very misogynistic, sadly.) Thank God for automatic ice makers and whomever invented them in the first place.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Lil'

      Maybe he doesn’t know the recipe and he’s too proud to ask.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Jami

      Heh! I wish that was the case. Nah, he just doesn’t like to do things he deems as something mom or I should do. (Yet he’ll vacuum but refuse to help dad with the yard work.)

      Sometimes he’s a great guy – for instance, unlike the rest of my family, he actually listened to what I wanted this year and got me Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both the DVD and the novel. Other times I could just beat the snot out of him.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   The Elf

      Flat out refuses to do chores, categorically labels things he’s too lazy to do as “women’s work”, yet won’t help with something typically considered “men’s work” by the same people, but buys you the DVD and books you like.

      Yeah, those balance out.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 6:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Jami

      Hey, got to look for the silver linings somewhere. He does do some things like chopping wood for the fireplace or hauling heavy stuff. (But the latter he does with a lot of complaints.) However I often beg my guy friends to come over and do a “Manervention” with him – an intervention telling him to man the f**k up.

      I get on him quite often about it. Told him that the only way he’d get married is if he got a mail order bride and that she’d kill him as soon as she got her citizenship. Ever since he said he’s glad he’s never married.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 10:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   nunavut guy

      Little known fact…..The woman who made the first ice maker created it in her own image.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   Kathy

      Jami — We’re sorry your brother is a misogynist. It’s best he never marries. Can you please do us a favor and make sure he doesn’t even date? Thanks.

      Women Everywhere

      p.s. You sound like a nice person. Keep being one!

      Dec 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   shwo! bang

    That’s sad. That ice is probably the only thing they have left to remember their home world of Hoth.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   redheadwglasses

      My boyfriend would be so disappointed — but not surprised — that I had to google to find out what Hoth was.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Julia

    Which is stranger, the fact that the writer felt the need to bring ice from home, or the fact that the writer used electric green labels on which to write their note?

    Dec 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   0rd

      “I bring green labels from home, please don’t use them for PA notes”

      Dec 27, 2012 at 12:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   depro

      The fact that the responder actually typed his/her note?

      Dec 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   Trekkie Gal

      The responder probably typed their note so their handwriting would be recognized.

      But what I want to know is why the original note writer wasted an almost full sheet of labels when they could have used a plain (or even a colored) sheet of paper! That’s the real douchy thing about the note.

      Dec 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Trekkie Gal

      Actually, now that I look at it again, they used the top label to paste the sheet to the bag. Have they never heard of TAPE??!!?? So they wasted the entire sheet of labels for their note. *shaking head*

      Dec 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   Lil'

      I’m surprised some smart ass didn’t remove the second label so the note reads, “I bring my ice from home. Please take it.”

      Dec 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   pooham

      Lil, you are a genius.

      Dec 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Heather

    Maybe the person who brought their ice cubes made them from bottled water rather than tap? Not that I would do this, but hey.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   dizit

      Some tap water is barely drinkable, so the ice it makes would be equally icky. A lot of homes have water purifiers installed in their homes, both for drinking and the the ice-maker. If the person who brought their ice from home has such a system, I can certainly understand their consternation if someone steals their better tasting ice. On the other hand, it just seems weird to be so ice-dependent that one would BOTHER to bring from home :-)

      Dec 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Lobster

      For years we actually did make ice from our big five gallon bottle of water that stood next to the fridge up until we got a fridge that did it on its own. (Even then it was hard to break the habit at first.) Our tap water is fairly gross, unfiltered. For one, you can smell (and thus taste) chlorine in it.

      However, bringing from home? That’s more than a little crazy. If you absolutely have to, donate your friggen Brita pitcher to the break room. Then everyone can enjoy tasty ice, no PA notes needed.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 2:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Jami

      Only if they remember to fill the pitcher.

      Trust me, seen many a coworker put the pitcher back in the fridge with about 1/4th of an inch of water in it.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 10:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   shepd

      That only works if everyone in the office likes the taste of Brita water. Personally, I don’t. I prefer tap water. Thus you end up with the ugly situation of labelled cube trays “Brita Cubes” “Tap Cubes” and then they all get dumped in the “FUCKING ICE BIN” and mix into bastard baby cubes.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   L

      Where I live, most people buy big water jugs because our water is really hard and gross, so either you have a water softener or you do not want to drink/make ice with it. I wouldn’t want to pay for other people to have ice, honestly.

      Jan 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   KittenPlaysViolin

    Never get between and woman and her ice. Ever!

    Dec 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   mutzali

    We have folks at work who will use 2 or 3 cubes, and dump the rest in the sink. Do they refill the tray? No, they leave it in the drying rack.

    And I’ve brought in a bag of store-bought ice, only to have it gone by afternoon. Why? “Extra ice just sitting in there. We make ice coffee for everybody!” and then they told me how drinking iced sodas is bad for my digestion. It will awaken demons or something.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Lita

    I think I prefer an ice bin that’s not fucking. So much mess left behind…

    Dec 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   shwo! bang

      But at least it’s not a hot mess.

      Dec 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Who passed out the Haterade?

      I hear most of them are frigid, anyway.

      Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Silence

    Eesh. These people sound downright cold-hearted.

    Dec 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   CT

    They need to put the ice in an opaque container.

    Dec 27, 2012 at 6:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   it's naptime

    The special ice is for cryogenically preserving that marker once it’s finally dead. It does not seem to have much time left.

    Dec 27, 2012 at 9:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dane Zeller

    I’m allergic to ice.

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Nikki

    Although we’re lucky enough to have an automatic ice maker in the freezer, since it’s the bin kind and not the in the door kind, people just put their mitts straight in it to get ice. Eeew. I don’t use enough ice to necessitate bringing it from home but I always get tongs and fish out the fresh, unmolested ice.

    Dec 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Damaris

    We have an ice machine at work. Like they have in bars. (We’re in construction.) Everyone uses the scoop. In many respects, we are unrepentant heathens, but we don’t manhandle ice. Odd standards! We have them!

    Dec 29, 2012 at 2:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Sorcha

    At my work we don’t have any ice trays, so yeah, if I brought in ice, I’d put a note on it too. I don’t see how a straightforward “this is mine, please don’t take it” note is PA. If it’s not labelled, someone might think that it really was for all to use.

    Dec 29, 2012 at 3:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Kupo

      I think the response telling the original note writer that they’re strange is the PA part. :)

      Dec 29, 2012 at 10:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Bluecanary

    When my mom was having her chemo, she had to be very careful about other people’s germs. Most people dig ice out of an ice bin with their hands, not thinking about the last time they washed their hands. She had to bring ice from home to her office. She did not, however, put a weird note on it, that I know of.

    Dec 29, 2012 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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