Our work fridge gets stank. One time, I cleaned it out+someone had a bag full of meat that had leaked+there was blood+pathogens+cooties EVERYWHERE. But, whatever, sometime you gotta shop at lunch to bring home the bacon. Literally. Stank fridge is one of those things where you take the good with the bad. The good: I get a paycheck. The bad: sometimes work people leave their stank food in the fridge.
Another stinky culprit is the microwave. I’m not a fan of microwaves. *Jerry Seinfeld voice* I mean, what exactly are micro waves, anyway? But that’s a whole ‘nother paranoid rant that I’ll save for another time, or not.
The work fridge gets stank cus we’re human. We forget that we brought something+it hangs in the fridge for a few weeks+get’s furry. Me, personally? I don’t really put food in the work fridge. I’m a grazer, so I eat all day+I usually bring dry foods to eat+aside from that, I stay away from common areas (lunch room, break room, near the copier, the water cooler, etc…) as much as possible. Cus when you’re in common areas at work, people what to talk to you. I don’t really like alla that talking shit at work… If I had my way, I’d be like Milton in Office Space+work in some work dungeon. Srsly. I’d be so much happier.
The work fridge gets stank. So, there’s a fridge cleaning every other Thursday. Folks are assigned days+they send out an email reminding everyone that if there name+date isn’t on food in the fridge, it’ll get tossed.
This past Thursday, I brought yogurt into work. The fridge-cleaning email went out+I thought ‘I better put my name/date on my yogurt or it’ll get tossed+I’ll be sorrrrrrrrrrrrrry.’ Well, I got side-tracked+forgot. Friday, I go to the fridge for my yummy yogurt. I brought in my bag of oats that I keep at my desk ready to pour into my yogurt. I had my cup of water, my phone cus I was gonna play Words with Friends while I took 3 minutes away from my desk during a slow time in the common work area of the break room. Just as I was about to get my probiotic+live+active cultures on, I realized that my yogurt was tossed the day before. Another apathetic victim of the weekly fridge cleaning. Totally my bad. I literally groaned+pouted for about five minutes. Then I pulled myself up by my denim belt loops (cus it was casual Friday+all)+thought, NO MORE. No more will I lose a yogurt to the fridge cleaner+my co-workers shouldn’t either. So, here’s what I did:
- Found a permanent marker.
- Rubberbanded the marker to the fridge in a way that someone couldn't just walke off with it, but they'd still be able to mark their foods.
- Wrote a funny note about how I didn't want anyone to end up like me: sad+yogurtless on a Friday.
- Felt good about it.
Well, today (Monday), I go into the break room to do a drive-by water fill (make it quick; keep my eyes down; pretend I don’t notice anyone else in there; don’t socialize by any means necessary). Just as I’m about to leave, I look up+see that, while the marker was still on the fridge, my note was removed.
I mean, the note wasn’t mean or anything. I didn’t call anyone out for anything. I even said in the note that it was my bad that my yogurt got tossed. But someone took it down… Why? No jokes allowed, or what?
As a side note, there are about five other notes in the break room reminding people to flush the sink down after they use it, telling them to refill the paper towel container if they used the last bit of paper towel, advising that certain foods like broccoli+fish shouldn’t be microwaved cus they stink up the office, etc.etc.etc. It’s like Captain Obvious gets to leave a note, but I leave a note cus I KNOW I’m not the only one who forgets to put their name/date on foods+mine gets removed.
This is why I keep these people at arm’s length. Cus, seriously... Why? Am I being irrationally upset right now? Is this lingering bitterness about not having my yogurt? Do I retaliate? I want to know why you think someone would take my note down.