Anonymous collaborative “problem-solving”

August 5th, 2015 · 21 comments

Writes our submitter in Seattle: “One of the refrigerators in the workplace kitchen was smelling a bit foul. A tragedy of the commons situation turns comical…and, apparently, passive-aggressive.”

Anonymous collaborative "problem-solving"

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FILED UNDER: office fridge · Seattle

21 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Lita bang

    Really? You couldn’t keep all your words in the speech bubble? Tsk, notewriter.

    Aug 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Rattus

    I hate this person. I don’t know him/her, but I hate him/her just the same. I worked with his/her cosmic twin once and had to ask management to separate us before I killed her…I’m just plain aggressive.

    Aug 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   The Beast Among Us

    Smelly fridge.

    Smelly fridge.

    It’s not your fault.

    Aug 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   famine

      Love it! I would give you many more than 1 thumbs up if I could!

      Aug 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   ashli

    Best things about working from home: 1. private bathroom and kitchen, and 2. no commute or get-ready time; among so many other things, of course, like zero proximity to p.a. fools like this.

    Alas, the only people to blame for the fridge are me and my hubby, and those responsible for cleaning it are equally limited..

    Aug 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Lametergeist

    7-Enlist the office food thief to eat everything that’s about to go bad.

    Aug 6, 2015 at 12:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Jill

      8. Enlist the indoor cat to eat everything that’s about to go bad.

      Aug 6, 2015 at 1:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   TKD

      That Food was Fucking Delicious!

      Aug 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   hal

    You would think people would have learned by now that there needs to be a shared responsibility system for regularly cleaning out work fridges. I’m all in favor of taking action, but it sure ain’t fair if the slobs who leave moldering former food in there never have to pitch in to clean it out. And you know they won’t if they aren’t made to.

    Aug 6, 2015 at 1:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Haterade

      At my work, we nominally rotate cleaning the break room between everyone (even people like me, who don’t use it). In reality, the same handful of people actually clean up on their turn, and the slobs continue slobbing since no one makes them actually clean up. The other day, no kidding, someone dropped a glass on the floor and left the pieces for someone else to pick up.

      One of these days they’ll wise up and watch the cameras to see which coworkers are leaving the messes… then make anyone who gets caught clean the break room for a week. I’m pretty sure it won’t take long before the task won’t be needed.

      Aug 9, 2015 at 12:42 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   The Beast Among Us

      You reminded me of a stupid company policy we have. Once, once of my coworkers broke a cup. I could have cleaned it up, and he could have, as well, but we weren’t allowed to. He had to put Caution signs around the area, and then go notify management. Once management was notified, they had to call specific people to come clean the broken cup. Five hours later, the break room was opened for use, which was actually pretty fast, considering the process.

      We had a broken glass shelf in the fridge, once, and it took a week before the fridge was usable again. The shelf wasn’t replaced, they just removed the broken glass and the shelf frame, leaving one less shelf to put stuff. Again, any one of us could have cleaned it up in 30 minutes, but our company policy requires specially trained people to perform the function of cleaning broken glass. It’s to protect them against lawsuits, but it halts progress in the interim.

      Aug 12, 2015 at 11:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   FeRD bang

      Why in the world would you actually follow this policy, instead of just surreptitiously making the problems “disappear” while disavowing all knowledge of the Phantom Glass-Cleaner’s activities?

      I get that companies have to stick to their stupid policies, but that doesn’t mean I have to stop thinking they’re stupid, or that I’m going to stop finding ways to violate them while taking full personal responsibility for my actions and leaving the company out of it so that they can continue to consider their sainted asses duly covered.

      Aug 20, 2015 at 11:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Skullclutter

    You’d think by now people would realize that if there isn’t a designated person/rotation responsible for fridge cleanup it never gets done.

    Trying to guilt whoever left the smelly molding something behind never works. They’ve completely forgotten they even left whatever it was in there, most likely.

    Aug 6, 2015 at 10:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Rattus

    I’ve been bringing my lunch in an insulated lunch bag with a mini freezer pack for the past twenty years. The first few years’ experience with thieves, space hogs, and just regular hogs convinced me that sharing anything with a co-worker other than a genial good morning is a fools game.

    Aug 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Beast Among Us

      I’ll gladly share my farts with my coworkers. Of course, I never let them know who brought them.

      Aug 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Lita bang

      You’re a gas, Beast. :D

      Aug 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   The Elf

      I do the same, Rattus. It’s just not worth it.

      Aug 11, 2015 at 8:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Jozo

    I hate it when people don’t think they have to clean up after themselves, and that some lower level employee should have to do it. If people took turns, the fridge wouldn’t be so messy. If I was the boss there, I would put up a sign that says whoever continuously leaves rotten food in the fridge should have to eat it in front of everyone. I would dare anyone to challenge it.

    Aug 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Patrina

    I can see why they’re putting up notes rather than cleaning it themselves. Where I work, if you throw out something that’s clearly putrefying, there’s still a good chance someone will throw a fit that someone put their food in the trash. Even if it’s because “I was planning to reuse the tupperware!”

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Haterade

      That happened once in a previous workplace with the last two hot dogs in the original (non-resealable) package. They had been there for weeks, yet she swore with a straight face she was planning on them for lunch that day.

      I wish I knew why no one ever remembers that they’re the ones who created a science project until it gets thrown away. It’s like mold is the Remembrall of the workplace fridge.

      Aug 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Need Funny

    Embarrassing Nightclub Photos

    Jan 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up