Sincerely, Plastic Bag

May 29th, 2013 · 86 comments

I know this note has like, a lot of words in it, but seriously, all I see is wah wah wah.

An open letter to refrigerate-ers: Okay....YOU. The one who has a thermally-efficient backpack of a lunch bag. Really? Really? I bet's it's totally convenient, because no matter what you are bringing for lunch, you've got enough room in that thing, amiright? Plus it probably keeps your stuff nice and cool; yeah, specially designed for that. Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you are going through airport security. If TSA size regulations require that your put that thing through the baggage scanner by itself, it probably doesn't belong in a refrigerator. I promise you there is enough empty space in there to hold an ice pack, which will get your leftovers through the lean hours between home and lunch quite nicely. I know this, because every time I have to extract it and plan an impromptu solo game of countertop Jenga, just so I can see into the refrigerator to find my super thin grocery store plastic bag with only my cold items it in, I can tell you've maybe used half the space you are taking up. Friendly suggestion...go on using that thing to keep your tasty morsels cold on the way to work, maybe even at your desk, but consider adding a more reasonably-sized extra layer of container around the guts inside of the monster, and putting that smaller package in the community refrigerator. (There are Sharpies in the supply closet if you need visual cues which lunch bundle is yours.) Bonus - less material in here makes it colder for everyone. That can of Coke you've got tastes better when it's had room to breathe.

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86 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jean

    Holy cow, that person has too much time on their hands. I would bet anything that the style and voice of the note writer left his/her office mates with 0% doubt as to who wrote this smarmy piece of PA. So nice try signing it as a plastic bag…your anonymity is a farce.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:42 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   FeRD bang

    That’s an awful lot of wah, no question, but on principle I’m with the notewriter 100%. Any moron who puts their thermally insulated carrier inside the refrigerator should be flagged to HR with serious questions about exactly how they managed to get hired by ${company}. It’s clearly not for their big brain.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm   rating: 93  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   orogomait

      well i dunno honestly when i wanna keep something cold i put it in a cold place

      May 30, 2013 at 1:51 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   GojuSuzi

      You mean like a thermally insulated carrier? Do you frequently lug your refrigerator up to the local ice rink because, well, it should go somewhere cold, right?

      May 30, 2013 at 2:18 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   FeRD bang

      Local ice rink??? Screw that, we put all the ice rinks in Siberia, because, well…

      May 30, 2013 at 5:56 am   rating: 59  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   The Elf

      While I think the notewriter is over-reacting and this is a non-issue, the entire point of getting a thermal container is to bypass the nasty no-man’s-land office fridge to keep your lunch cold right on your desk. Thermal container + ice pack = cold lunch at my desk with no risk of theft and no need to face the disgusting fridge.

      I just don’t understand Thermal Backpack.

      May 30, 2013 at 7:43 am   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   Beatus Mongous

      The backpack is for those of us who ride bikes or walk to work. It’s much easier to carry than one of those little lunch boxes.

      I’ve yet to see a thermal backpack, though. I used to carry a backpack, but they’re just heavy. Instead, I started carrying my food in the pockets in my jersey, and that’s plenty of space. Plus, I’m not outside in the heat long enough for my food to go nasty.

      May 30, 2013 at 11:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   Pestle

      I have a small (3″x8″) thermal carrier that I keep in the office fridge. . . because I think you guys probably don’t want the bottles of freshly-pumped breast milk rattling around loose amid your sandwiches, amiright?

      But someone left a massive EMPTY, OPEN lunchbox in the fridge for days last week. What?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   Beatus Mongous

      Why do you keep bottles of breast milk at work?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Fireseeker

      @Beatus,
      Women who are breastfeeding still need to pump the milk even when the baby is not present. Once she returns to work, a woman needs to have a place to keep the milk until she can later give it to the child.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   Beatus Mongous

      I realized I asked a stupid question right as I hit “Submit,” but I couldn’t take it back. So I just left it there for target practice.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm   rating: 64  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   The Elf

      The office workers of the world thank you, Pestle.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   redheadwglasses

      Bonus points to fireseeker for very politely explaining it to Beatus.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:14 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.12   Sue

      HR? That’s just as passive-aggressive, and would be on YOUR record as being unable to settle minor disputes like an adult. A simple “could you please not take up so much space in the fridge?” might have worked. It’d be worth a shot, anyway.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.13   Poltergeist

      It’s a shame when I can’t bring myself to be on the same side of the notewriter even though they’re technically right, but that’s unfortunately the case here.

      It’s no wonder they’re so angry; now there’s no room in the fridge to store their jars of tears.

      Jun 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   melizer

    Pretty sure a FULLER fridge is colder, no?

    May 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Jessica

      Close, but no. Freezers are coldest when full, but fridges when empty.

      May 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   LC

      Actually, no. Food stays fresher and colder in a refrigerator where the items have air moving around them.

      +1 for plastic bag. Large items, in general, do not belong in the office fridge…like that gallon of ice cream someone left in our office freezer for 3 weeks.

      May 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Bibi

      I feel this debate has so much potential. Can we get some electrical engineers in here to help out with this question? Physics students?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   NoAdditives

      If an emptier refrigerator is colder, why are my eggs damn near ice cold now that mine is packed?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   cowbert

      Specific heat: dQ = km dT where dQ is the amount of heat required to be added or removed from a material with mass m having a specific heat constant k in order to change its temperature by dT.

      You can approximate the specific heat constant of the frozen material in a freezer with the specific heat constant of water ice (since things like meat is made up mostly of water (our bodies are almost 70% water)). Thus, a higher mass would result in requiring more heating to change its existing temperature (say from 0C) to something higher. More heat is added to the freezer from the environment outside the freezer whenever people open the door. This heat must then be removed by the freezer. The freezer compressor is controlled by a thermostat. So the compressor will only cycle on if the temperature reaching the thermostat increases above the setpoint. A full freezer where the contents are already frozen both prevents the escape of cold air and reduces the amount of heat loss/temperature change.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:26 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   Beatus Mongous

      So, basically, if you stuff a bunch of new stuff in the fridge, it will take a while to cool down. Once it’s all cooled down, though, it will stay colder longer, and when small things are added, the small things will cool faster.

      May 30, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   pooham

      So cowbert’s science lesson applies to both freezer and refrigerator.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   Seanette

      Sounds like we need to get the Mythbusters involved in this one. ;)

      May 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.9   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      It doesn’t really matter whether a fuller fridge is colder because a fuller fridge is, well, fuller…i.e. has less room for other people to fit their stuff in it.

      Jun 12, 2013 at 7:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Christina

    The note is way too wordy and a little pissy, but seriously, people do need to try to be a little more considerate of others. If multiple people are using a fridge, it’s common courtesy to not take up an entire shelf with your own crap. As someone that has 13 roommates, I sympathize with the note-writer — fridge etiquette is important. Better to say something to try to improve the situation than to do the truly passive aggressive thing and just squish their monster bag by piling your own stuff on top of it. ha ha

    May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      13 roommates? How have you not killed at least 6 of them?

      May 30, 2013 at 7:44 am   rating: 46  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   H for Toy

      She used to have 20 roommates.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:18 am   rating: 76  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   redheadwglasses

      A thread with Elf AND Toy in it gets a thumbs up from me.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:29 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Dane Zeller

      Twenty roommates? Think of the refrigerator wars in that house!

      May 30, 2013 at 10:10 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Beatus Mongous

      I have a wife and three kids, and we have two refrigerators. I would think 13 roommates would need a minimum of three refrigerators. 20 roommates would need at least five.

      May 30, 2013 at 11:51 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   The Elf

      I just can’t help but picture a version of “capture the flag”. Daily. Every meal. Eventually somebody would get the idea to hunker down at “base” to protect their perishables. They paint themselves “almond” to match the appliances and remain motionless in the background. Another roommate cautiously enters, gun held at the ready. Seeing no one in the kitchen, he moves quickly to make lunch. He reaches in to grab another roommate’s special organic milk, when the disguised roommate springs out from hiding and silently garrotes him.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Badger

      The literal hunger games.

      May 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   Hannah

      * “He reaches in to grab another roommate’s special organic milk, only to realize it’s breast milk.”

      Fixed!

      Jun 2, 2013 at 7:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.9   Nicki

      13 roommates? Oh lord. *Hugs empathetically*

      Unless you’re running a youth hostel or a one-room medieval hotel (Those are surprisingly fun if you have no issue with personal space, but can be shocking if you wake up at 3 a.m. :oops: ), 13 roommates is just too many.

      Or, y’know, unless they’re kittens. 13 kittens would be very welcome in a house, as long as they stayed adorable and didn’t piss everywhere.

      Oct 4, 2013 at 11:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Daniel

    I don’t see so much whining in it as I do common sense.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   CG bang

    Dear plastic bag,

    don’t judge me because I’m bigger than you. That’s bullying. I love my big monster body. You should love yourself for who you are and stop passing judgment on those who have a different shape than yours.

    Sincerely,

    Thermally-efficient lunch bag.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   marpolejoel bang

    & a bag from Tar-Zheh, no doubt…

    May 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   mutzali

    We have several folks in our production labs who bring in and refrigerate a gallon container of rice each, which they eat over the course of a week. They get in before the office workers, so we in the office often get in to find all our stuff moved to the counter so they can fit their stuff in the TWO reefers. The day I found my insulin moved and left out on the counter (two tiny vials, in one ziploc bag) I went to the production manager and blew up. She had a review of what can go in the communal reefers, with stickers on the doors. Now we don’t have several 12-packs of soda and half a dozen BOXES OF CEREAL in there. No more gallon jugs of soy sauce in there. No more loaves of bread and packages of trail mix.
    (to keep my medicine effective, I bought a small “dorm room” reefer and plugged it in under my desk. Holds my insulin, a couple of sodas, and my lunch. I’m good.)

    May 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   moyjoy

      What on earth are you writing on that keeps subbing “Freezer” for “Reefer”. Pun intended.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:16 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   HugsandKisses101 bang

      I Googled it because I just HAD to know what mutzali was on about. http://www.wordnik.com/words/reefer Apparently, “reefer” is slang for refrigerator… But where?? I’m guessing Asia, if the production people are bringing GALLONS of rice to work. (wtf?!) Anyway, yeah. I’ve never heard that in the USA, on either coast (never lived in the middle). Also? Don’t touch peoples’ drugs, man!

      May 30, 2013 at 3:23 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   FeRD bang

      You had me at “communal reefer”. Hiring? (I’m assuming there’s no drug test? Y’allz cool, right?)

      May 30, 2013 at 5:53 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   The Elf

      Moyjoy, I assume they’re writing on reefer.

      May 30, 2013 at 7:45 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   misspiggy

      Good Lord, are they insane? Cooked rice is one of the few things you can’t keep safely for more than about a day, even if chilled. Your colleagues have been risking some nasty nasty things growing in that starchy outer layer.

      May 30, 2013 at 8:02 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   The Elf

      A day? Seriously? No – cooked rice will last a lot longer in the fridge than a day. The Still Tasty webpage (which is, IMHO, conservative with regards to food safety) has a 4-6 day window for cooked rice in the refrigerator. I put a full week limit on mine.

      May 30, 2013 at 8:47 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   DLW

      I have a hard time getting worked up over large items if there’s plenty of room in said fridge or freezer, but they actually took y’all’s stuff out and left it on the counter?! WTF? I would blow up too, even if it wasn’t medicine (and that’s an extra couple levels of wtf right there).

      May 30, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   Beatus Mongous

      I agree with DLW. Don’t take another’s stuff out just to put your stuff in. If there’s no room, tough. You should have thought of that before you became a peasant. We’re through. Take him away.

      May 30, 2013 at 11:57 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   mutzali

      My uncle was an engineer on the Southern Pacific, where refrigerated cars were reefers. So the big thing in the kitchen was a reefer, not a fridge. I’m too old to change childhood nomenclature (although the sofa is no longer the chesterfield.)

      May 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   pooham

      Did you also have a chifferobe?

      May 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.11   mutzali

      No longer. We had a young man come inside the fence and chop it up.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.12   oldcoastie

      In the seagoing years of my youth, every sailor knew that, unless you were smoking it, ‘reefer’ meant refrigerator.

      Jun 17, 2013 at 11:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Laura

    Team note writer; Considering an insulted lunch bag would probably be in the fridge for only a few hours the food inside wouldn’t be affected by the fridge temperature anyway. Because it is made for that very purpose, to insulate against the outside temperature! Your food is better off by just putting it in the refridge or putting an ice pack inside the insulated bag.
    And yes, I have an insulated bag offender at my place of work too.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:04 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Rene

      I usually don’t point out typos because that’s a dick move, but your accidentally typing “insulted” lunch bag was almost appropriate because it was indeed insulted.

      I’m sorry, I’ve just woken up.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:08 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   bored at work

      “Considering an insulted lunch bag…”

      I think the whole point of this note was to insult the lunchbag.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:10 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Ermengarde bang

      Insulted by the bag offender, the new lunch bag could be in such a frigid environment for only a few hours.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:41 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Beatus Mongous

      At my office, we have four people that put huge, “insulted” bags in the fridge every day. But since there are really only five of us that use that fridge, it’s not a big deal.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Joanne M.

    If it were taking up that much space, I’d probably just keep taking it out, but I probably wouldn’t write a note. I can’t figure out which is more passive aggressive.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:25 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Caiman

    Team Note Writer. The breakroom at the supermarket I work at is usually just fine–no one ever has problems fitting things inside the fridge.

    But then. Then. Third shift comes in, and for some reason well beyond me, it seems like EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has one of these massive bags, and into the fridge they all go, crushing and displacing whatever was in there. And I swear to god they completely ruin the efficiency of the fridge–everything in there, especially kept in the door, feels warm when they’re in there.

    I just…why? Why is that necessary? First and second shifters have those bags too, but they don’t put them in the fridge! What is it about third shift that makes it necessary? Do food-spoiling demons invade the back rooms after midnight? I need to know!

    May 30, 2013 at 3:33 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   The Elf

      It’s because you can’t feed the Gremlins after midnight. Gotta hide that food away so that they can’t get to it.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:13 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Lythande

      After spending six years on third shift in a store I feel the instinctive urge to defend them, but… Yeah, I don’t know. Insulated bags don’t go in fridge at any time of the day.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Sir Puke

    Team note writer. I worked with folks and it seemed almost every one of them had these insulated or cloth bags and you had to shoe horn your lunch in there. It really got on my nerves after a while.
    It didn’t matter when a short while later the company went into bankruptcy and we all were fired.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:30 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Barbary Lion

    Half my office brings those thermal things. We manage to fit them all in the fridge, along with everyone else’s tupperware, plastic bags, and the occasional retro metal lunchbox. The key is making sure people didnt’ leave their unwanted half-full salad dressings and ancient leftover takeout taking up valuable real-estate for weeks on end… Unless your office is huge or your fridge tiny, there should be room for everyone’s preferred mode of conveyance in there.

    May 30, 2013 at 7:50 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Lil'

      I completely agree. In our fridge, there are so many plastic bags that no one knows which ones belong to who. Not all thermal bags are the size of coolers.

      May 30, 2013 at 7:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Tard

    We used to handle this by taking it out of the fridge and putting a sticker on it that read “asshole”, leaving it on the counter.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   redheadwglasses

    Team Note Writer all the way. One guy at work here takes up a LOT of room in the community fridge with his military grade backpacking-through-Nepal-sized lunch bag. It’s crazy. Then at lunch time, all that is in there that needs to be refrigerated is salad. The crackers and other stuff is all dry goods you’d keep in a pantry.

    On hot summer mornings when I go to the gym before work, I pack my food in an insulated bag, but when I get to work, I Take out items and put them in the fridge, and keep the bag at my desk.

    That’s called “being considerate and reasonable.”

    May 30, 2013 at 9:27 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Snicklefritz

      But by being both considerate and reasonable, you are now depriving someone the opportunity to create an excessively long and anonymous missive to both you and your coworkers that will eventually end up on this site.
      Not cool man. Not cool at all.
      Pun not intended, however, the snarky sarcasm is.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:20 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   redheadwglasses

      I feel duly chastized! I will do what I can to inspire someone in my office to write a note worthy of submission!

      May 30, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Raichu

    On principle I actually agree with the note-writer. You shouldn’t be leaving your giant lunch bag in the office fridge when it eliminates fridge room for everyone else. That’s rude.

    The note-writer needs to take a deep breath or three though and learn how to handle situations like this…

    May 30, 2013 at 10:45 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Hannah

      Yeah. While the note writer is technically right, would it have been so hard to ask around as to who that bag belonged to, and then ask that person, “Why do you keep your cooler in a cooler?”

      At the very least, he/she could have tucked the note into the offending bag.

      This person wanted to show off for the entire office. And didn’t really.

      Jun 2, 2013 at 7:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   nurgleth

    That shit is insulated, cold is not going to get in. Why do you put it in the refrigerator?

    May 30, 2013 at 11:10 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Beatus Mongous

      Because the person who brought it is an idiot.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Jake

    Regular problem at work here. I just checked our two fridges and we have 8 insulated bags and 1 largish hard cooler.

    I work with generally smart people. I just don’t get it.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   creme brulee

      I work with a LOT of really smart people. It seems the smarter they are, the less common sense they have. Our fridge is crammed with WTF, including open containers of drying food, poorly covered soups, random loose eggs, yogurts, avocadoes, etc. (that roll around and fall off the shelf when I try to make room for my brown bag), and yes, enormous bags that take up an unreasonable amount of space considering that up to 50 people might share this fridge.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Ann

    Jeez, this is why I buy my lunch. I don’t care what people do with the fridge…

    May 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   thneed

    Coupla things, my fellow PAN’ers:

    1. You’re all talking about insulated lunch bags like they can keep ice cubes frozen, and that’s surely not the case with the two I have. They keep things cool for long enough to get to work, but it’s certainly not enough to keep something tender (like milk for my tea) from spoiling.

    2. Plastic bags in the refrigerator are WORSE than insulated lunch bags because they don’t hold their shape. The stuff inside kind of falls sideways and then the bag’s “footprint” is twice as big. PAPER lunch bags FTW.

    3. Anywhere I’ve worked with a nasty fridge, I’ve cleaned it out. It works like this: wait a few weeks to make sure there isn’t cleaning schedule already in place. Then put up a note on Monday saying that EVERYTHING will be thrown away on Friday after a specific time. THEN DO IT. Stay late on Friday and clear the crap out of that sucker, and be ruthless. (I recently worked on a floor that a large group had moved off of, and they all left behind their fridge crap, and nobody else cleared it up. Wow was there ever lots of room in the fridge after I took care of that little problem. The best part is there was a note on the fridge saying that it got completely cleared out monthly or weekly or something, but it never actually happened.)

    May 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   H for Toy

      Every office needs a thneed. (S)he’s a thing that all offices need.

      May 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Beatus Mongous

      1. Milk can stay out of the fridge and in a room-temperature environment for at least six hours before spoiling, even without an insulated bag. Of course, cold milk usually tastes better, but it isn’t rotten. If it’s going into tea, it’s going to be warmed at that point anyway.

      2. It all depends on the size and shape of the items INSIDE the plastic bag. A two pint container inside a plastic bag takes up a lot less room than a two pint container inside a two quart insulated bag.

      3. Good. We do that, too. Fortunately, most of my coworkers dine out every day for lunch. The five of us that don’t are respectful and we keep everything clean, except the two people with huge insulated bags that literally take up half of an entire shelf. Since there are only a few of us, it’s really a non issue.

      There’s one thing that has been pointed out, that you have clearly overlooked, and that is that insulated bags are insulated from heat, AND from cold. Putting an insulated bag into the fridge will not keep your milk as cold as taking the milk out of the bag and putting it into the fridge by itself. There’s really no reason to keep an insulated bag in the fridge, as it does nothing but take up space. Sure, a plastic bag is annoying as hell, too, since things fall all over the place, but at least the food inside the plastic bag is really cold when removed from the fridge.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:23 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Ruth

    Over-the-top note, but I have to sympathize. My workplace has just two refrigerators for its 140+ employees and some people just don’t think about that when they shove their enormous insulated containers in there. And I do mean shove – many times I’ve had to go fishing in the back of the fridge for my leftover soda or whatever because someone in a hurry decided to just cram their lunch onto the shelf without looking rather than rearrange others’ food to make a space. That probably peeves me more than the size issue, to be honest.

    May 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   ShadeTail

    Yeah, it’s pretty rude to shove your large piece of crap into the communal refrigerator. It’s also pretty rude to write such an arrogant whiny rant anonymously, rather than maturely address the issue face to face.

    May 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   The Elf

    Anyone else love the comments on the note?
    +1
    -1

    I’d put good money on the -1 being from Thermal Backpack himself.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:15 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Morgan

    lol this is not that serious. Who writes a novel like that over the size of a lunch bag. Maybe he was just really hungry?

    May 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   pooham

    I like how they hung the note up INSIDE the refrigerator.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Holly

    I put my thermal bag in the fridge, but it’s only slightly bigger than the tupperware inside, and it keeps the crazy OCD manager from throwing it away before I can eat it.

    Jun 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   jordan

      I put mine in the fridge too, because I’m guessing that people don’t want to look at my gross food in the tupperware because I don’t want to look at their gross food. I also do it because I live in Texas, and the drive to work will cause pathogens to grow at a rate I’m uncomfortable with. Yes, milk can be drank after sitting out for 6 hours, but if you do it a lot you’re probably going to get sick.

      Jun 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Conceptually I agree with Team Notewriter, but I’m not on board with it execution-wise. Writing an essay when “Please don’t take up excessive space in the fridge so that other people can’t fit there stuff in there” will do is obnoxious.

    Jun 12, 2013 at 6:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Jessica

    Do you have Cliffnotes?

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up