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Coworkers and their obsession to get you to eat their food

So the boss is rewarding us with a pork lunch for a job well done.

Now one of the bosses wants everyone to bring in something. He is calling it a party.

I can think of a few instances recently where someone would bring in something, offer it to everyone, and then get pissy when you don't eat it.

I'm a picky eater and have food intolerances.  Now I'll be in the awkward position of having to explain why I can't/won't eat something that someone else brings in.  Or piss someone off by not eating their food but eating someone else.  Yes this really did happen at a previous job.

I have never been a fan of potlucks. You never know how clean people are. Maybe they don't wash their hands. Maybe they have cats walking on their kitchen counters. Maybe they're passive-aggressive and spit into the food. Who's to know?

What is up with people who are obsessed with shoving their food down everyone else's throats? Why not just get a pizza and be done with it? These are men and not women I am referring to btw.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 10:56am
It's social bonding.  Sharing food is how people connect.  What's so friggin' hard to understand about that?
Permalink Kenny the Robot 
April 21st, 2017 11:00am
> It's social bonding.  Sharing food is how people connect.  What's so friggin' hard to understand about that?

Isn't working together 40+ hours a week enough social bonding?

Want to bond with food?  Get a fucking pizza and be done with it.  Keep it simple.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:06am
The food that is shared is usually unhealthy. 

They bring in junk food and then bitch and moan that they can't lose weight.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:08am
"Isn't working together 40+ hours a week enough social bonding?

Want to bond with food?  Get a fucking pizza and be done with it.  Keep it simple."

Hunt a human being, kill it and eat the heart & brain raw.

This is bonding.
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 11:15am
The boss is bringing in something that makes me fart.  So I either refuse to eat it, or I cave in and then spend the afternoon torturing co-workers with my gas.  This is called bonding?
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:21am
It's a test.

The guy who has the spine to refuse to eat this shit is promotion material.
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 11:26am
> The guy who has the spine to refuse to eat this shit is promotion material.

LOL there are no promotional opportunities coming up.  Although nice theory considering it's management that is really pushing this stuff.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:28am
Then maybe it's a subliminal message "Don't bite the hand feeding you".
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 11:33am
Nobody can force you to eat anything.

If you can't refuse without it become a big thing, then you need to work on your social skills.  This isn't a problem for normal people.
Permalink Bill 
April 21st, 2017 11:33am
Yoda, perhaps
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:43am
> Nobody can force you to eat anything.

True, but they can get offended and hold it against you.  You have dealt with petty people, right?

> If you can't refuse without it become a big thing, then you need to work on your social skills.  This isn't a problem for normal people.

And you are normal?  I can refuse politely.  That's not the issue.  It's a control and ego thing.  They want to control what you eat and their ego takes a hit if you don't eat what they bring in.  You've never worked around people who want you to eat their food?  Consider yourself lucky.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:45am
Their ego takes a hit.  Why do you give a fuck?
Permalink Bill 
April 21st, 2017 11:51am
Because they uh do my reviews, sign my paycheck, etc.  Little stuff like that.
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 11:53am
Oh, that's different.
Better suck their cock then.
Permalink Bill 
April 21st, 2017 11:55am
>>This isn't a problem for normal people.

+1.  This isn't rocket science.
Permalink Kenny the Robot 
April 21st, 2017 12:05pm
Speaking from experience Bill?
Permalink libtard_uk 
April 21st, 2017 12:06pm
" You've never worked around people who want you to eat their food?  Consider yourself lucky."

Never.
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 12:13pm
> rewarding us with a pork lunch

That just sounded funny as the first line of this post. :)

A pork lunch. Heh heh.

No Halal, huh?
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 21st, 2017 12:14pm
They don't even serve pork lunch in Porky the movie!
Permalink WorldRover 
April 21st, 2017 12:49pm
Hey OP, you have now invented a saying: my co-worker pork me the other day! lol
Permalink WorldRover 
April 21st, 2017 12:50pm
I liked that opening phrase so much I made it my board name.
Permalink Pork Lunch 
April 21st, 2017 1:18pm
Maybe you work around normal people.

None of you have run into this or offended someone by your refusal to eat their food?
Permalink Just pay me, don't feed me 
April 21st, 2017 1:25pm
I work with greedy bastards.
Permalink WorldRover 
April 21st, 2017 1:25pm
They don't give me anything.
Permalink WorldRover 
April 21st, 2017 1:26pm
> None of you have run into this or offended someone by your refusal to eat their food?

I once had to refuse my line manager for at least 10 minutes to join a recreational cooking event, while she argued how cosy it would be and how much it would pleasure her if I would come.

That was fun.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
April 21st, 2017 2:00pm
"... she argued how cosy it would be and how much it would pleasure her if I would come."

Hmm.
Permalink Armchair freud 
April 21st, 2017 2:25pm
Yes, she must have had a crush on our dear Lottie.
Permalink Yoda 
April 21st, 2017 2:53pm
She was a manager, she was trying to motivate.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
April 21st, 2017 3:00pm
I can be motivated with dinner, massage, and snuggling up to a movie. ;-) geez, why do I sound like a gay guy....not really I'm trying to be on a romantic side.
Permalink WorldRover 
April 21st, 2017 3:03pm
"the boss is rewarding us with a pork lunch"

Interesting problem to have I would just ask him why he is going out of his way to insult fundamentalist muslim employees like myself and say I will speak to my imam about what to do about this great dishonor. Also don't forget that you have a first amendment right to bring your sharp dagger to work because it is part of your religion.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
April 21st, 2017 5:41pm
"You never know how clean people are. Maybe they don't wash their hands. Maybe they have cats walking on their kitchen counters. Maybe they're passive-aggressive and spit into the food."

Less than half the people I see in public restrooms wash their hands after they shit.

I won't eat anything prepared by people I don't know.

If I know the person enough to have watched them shit though, I can evaluate whether the food is likely to be safe.

I recommend you suggest that cameras be installed in the bathrooms so that everyone can know whose potluck food is safe to eat.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
April 21st, 2017 5:43pm
It is a potluck. Someone needs to bring plates and "silverware". Why not you? Or soda & ice?
Permalink Pie is a lot better than ... 
April 21st, 2017 7:21pm

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