What Is the Worst Thing You Can Eat at Your Desk? – Businessweek
A woman in Morris County, N.J., eats mail-ordered salmon out of a can. OK, it’s not always in a can; sometimes it comes in a vacuum-sealed pouch. She works at a residential design company and, according to a former co-worker, Randi Friesema, she consumes the cat-food-like snack at her desk, then rinses out the container in the office’s communal sink, leaving behind a stench that—well, let’s just say it lingers.
“She does it in waves, whenever she’s on a diet,” says Friesema, 29. “Whenever I smelled it, I was like, ‘Oh no, it’s back.’ It’s just awful.” Friesema and other co-workers used to make fun of the mail-ordered salmon, but no one ever asked the woman to stop eating it. That’s the problem with eating smelly foods in an office—you probably don’t know when you’re doing it, and no one is going to tell you when you are.
“I don’t want to be the passive-aggressive person,” says Sarah Meyers, 38, who works in Maryland. Meyers sits within smelling distance of her office’s microwave, which means she regularly suffers through heated-up shrimp and fish dishes. “We used to have a sign on the microwave that said ‘No Fish!’” she says, “but we moved offices and I guess the sign got lost.” Meyers is thinking of putting one back up but admits she most likely won’t.
If you’ve ever worked in an office, you probably know what Friesema and Meyers are complaining about. According to the American Dietetic Assn., as many as 83 percent of people regularly eat lunch at their desks, which means everyone has suffered through someone else’s mealtime odor at some point. Some dishes aren’t that unpleasant, but they’re still distracting. If it’s not your carne asada burrito, do you really want to be the one who’s smelling it?
Strange Random Fish Quote:
“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.” ― Scott Adams
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Posted on June 21, 2012, in Article and tagged Desk, Fish, Friesema, Maryland, Meyers, Morris County New Jersey, Office, Randi Friesema, Sarah Meyers, Scott Adams, United States. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.