Author Topic: Overheard at Work  (Read 6277152 times)

trailrated

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1137
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Bay Area Ca
  • a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11000 on: October 22, 2015, 10:11:02 AM »
Today's comment took the cake, though -   "I can't believe what a great investment Valentino shoes are.  They just look so good on your feet."  SMH

Don't worry, I am sure they "deserve" it. ;)
"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. "

MishMash

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 531
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11001 on: October 22, 2015, 11:05:34 AM »
I just had to teach three coworkers how to use...get this...an ELECTRIC tea kettle.  As in put in water, flip button...wait, pour.  They had been microwaving their water (tea kettle is on top of the microwave) in WAX lined cups and couldn't figure out what the stuff was that was floating in it.  I informed them it was wax from the paper cups so they had two options, use the previously mentioned ceramic cups to microwave, or use the tea kettle. 

CW1:  Nah, I really don't want to wash a cup out (we have a dishwasher)
CW2:  What's a tea kettle and where is it?
Me:  The giant silver thing sitting on top of the microwave
CW3:  grabs tea pot, can't figure out how to open the top (a button on the handle)
CW2: grabs it, figures out how to open it, looks inside and goes "now what do we do"
Me:  thinking they were joking starts laughing....seeing deadpan faces replies Uuuuhhhh put water in it
CW3:  From where?
Me:  Theeee faucet but I guess you can use bottled if you have it (previous discussion that I didn't get into among them was how bottle was cleaner then tap)
CW2: Puts water in it, can't figure out how to put it on the stand so I showed him just to set it on the knob base and said "now you just flip the switch to turn it on"
CW1:  starts trying to push the red "in use" light and I'm like no...literally the giant switch on the handle and he flips the switch.

I parted the kitchen with them going "How do we know when it's done!!"  to which I replied when it starts making a noise it's drinkable temperature, if you want it boiling let it go until the whistle.

I seriously shit you not...that just happened, and they were NOT joking...and these guys are between the ages of 29 and 38...not ONE could figure out 1.  What was floating in their heated water and 2.  how to heat water in a freaking electric tea kettle.   I figured they would figure out the wax thing or that they were pulling my leg, but one of them mentioned it daily for over a week before I said anything.

Dollar Slice

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2333
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11002 on: October 22, 2015, 11:16:19 AM »
That is hilarious, MishMash.

Maybe this should become part of the interview process for new hires at your company. Can prospective employee X figure out how to use one of the simplest kitchen appliances of all time?
Referrals for...
Prolific Academic: http://www.prolific.ac/rp?ref=3PJ4H43L (Earn money by taking academic surveys - way better than mturk, I average ~$9/hr)
Robinhood: http://bit.ly/2uGXBPG (Get a free stock!)

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11003 on: October 22, 2015, 11:21:08 AM »
Sadly, this was my office until I went and got us an electric kettle. I should add that everyone using it could figure it out, but it was funny that many people were nuking a wax cup full of water previously. I would have gotten an electric kettle much sooner had anyone requested it.

horsepoor

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2676
  • Location: Boise, ID
  • Growing a Pony 'Stache
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11004 on: October 22, 2015, 11:36:05 AM »
I just had to teach three coworkers how to use...get this...an ELECTRIC tea kettle.  As in put in water, flip button...wait, pour.  They had been microwaving their water (tea kettle is on top of the microwave) in WAX lined cups and couldn't figure out what the stuff was that was floating in it.  I informed them it was wax from the paper cups so they had two options, use the previously mentioned ceramic cups to microwave, or use the tea kettle. 

CW1:  Nah, I really don't want to wash a cup out (we have a dishwasher)
CW2:  What's a tea kettle and where is it?
Me:  The giant silver thing sitting on top of the microwave
CW3:  grabs tea pot, can't figure out how to open the top (a button on the handle)
CW2: grabs it, figures out how to open it, looks inside and goes "now what do we do"
Me:  thinking they were joking starts laughing....seeing deadpan faces replies Uuuuhhhh put water in it
CW3:  From where?
Me:  Theeee faucet but I guess you can use bottled if you have it (previous discussion that I didn't get into among them was how bottle was cleaner then tap)
CW2: Puts water in it, can't figure out how to put it on the stand so I showed him just to set it on the knob base and said "now you just flip the switch to turn it on"
CW1:  starts trying to push the red "in use" light and I'm like no...literally the giant switch on the handle and he flips the switch.

I parted the kitchen with them going "How do we know when it's done!!"  to which I replied when it starts making a noise it's drinkable temperature, if you want it boiling let it go until the whistle.

I seriously shit you not...that just happened, and they were NOT joking...and these guys are between the ages of 29 and 38...not ONE could figure out 1.  What was floating in their heated water and 2.  how to heat water in a freaking electric tea kettle.   I figured they would figure out the wax thing or that they were pulling my leg, but one of them mentioned it daily for over a week before I said anything.

It's amazing that these people manage to get dressed and make it to work in the morning.  WTF.

LennStar

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 908
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11005 on: October 22, 2015, 12:08:12 PM »
A electric tea kettle?
Like in a kettle but with inside you have a heater? Like a water heater just for tea?
How decadent!!
We use one pot for all small hot water needs. gas btw., no electric.
If they would have figured out that you need to use a spark to ignite the gas?

MishMash

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 531
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11006 on: October 22, 2015, 12:17:14 PM »
A electric tea kettle?
Like in a kettle but with inside you have a heater? Like a water heater just for tea?
How decadent!!
We use one pot for all small hot water needs. gas btw., no electric.
If they would have figured out that you need to use a spark to ignite the gas?

Exactly that.  It's a regular tea kettle but sits on a base that super heats the water when plugged in. *Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*
Starting a gas stove and not having an electric starter (I grew up with one like that)...I'm pretty sure they would have blown themselves, and the office, up.

AlwaysLearningToSave

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 437
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11007 on: October 22, 2015, 12:39:34 PM »
*Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*

Do it.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11008 on: October 22, 2015, 12:58:22 PM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
Interesting story, I had this exchange recently with a friend of a friend on FB, gave my standard dismissive opinion... apparently this person had lived through some kind of mass contamination event, 400,000 people affected in Milawaukee and 100+ died. Hard not to sympathize on an emotional level. But the odds of it ever happening again? If that person ever died from some weird freak event, it'd probably be something totally different.
Quote
Every few years I replenish the stock of silverware at work with pieces from a thrift store. Not sure if coworkers are tossing them in the trash or taking the pieces home, but the forks have a tendency to walk off frequently.
I can't believe I never thought of that! Totally grabbing a load today.
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

frugalnacho

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2868
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Madison Heights, Michigan
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11009 on: October 22, 2015, 01:00:42 PM »
Quote
Every few years I replenish the stock of silverware at work with pieces from a thrift store. Not sure if coworkers are tossing them in the trash or taking the pieces home, but the forks have a tendency to walk off frequently.
I can't believe I never thought of that! Totally grabbing a load today.

I'm going to start stealing silverware from work as well.

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11010 on: October 22, 2015, 01:14:21 PM »
*Insert evil idea to unplug kettle and see how long it takes them to figure it out tomorrow*

Do it.

And come back here to share any stories.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11011 on: October 22, 2015, 01:25:59 PM »
I'm going to start stealing silverware from work as well.
*snort*

CW w/ probably $60K in consumer debt, who always talks about getting out of it, just described a $200 restaurant dinner at a new place in town. Eek.
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11012 on: October 22, 2015, 01:27:57 PM »
I'm going to start stealing silverware from work as well.
*snort*

CW w/ probably $60K in consumer debt, who always talks about getting out of it, just described a $200 restaurant dinner at a new place in town. Eek.

I don't think I could consider enjoying myself upon spending that much money. Any idea if it was $200 a person or for a couple? I wonder how much of that were drinks. I've stopped drinking for the past few weeks and am amazed at how much money it can save.

mtn

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1265
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11013 on: October 22, 2015, 01:38:31 PM »
I'm going to start stealing silverware from work as well.
*snort*

CW w/ probably $60K in consumer debt, who always talks about getting out of it, just described a $200 restaurant dinner at a new place in town. Eek.

I don't think I could consider enjoying myself upon spending that much money. Any idea if it was $200 a person or for a couple? I wonder how much of that were drinks. I've stopped drinking for the past few weeks and am amazed at how much money it can save.

Yup. It has been enough for me that I have started a facepunch worthy coffee routine, so I haven't noticed the difference.

Beaker

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 332
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11014 on: October 22, 2015, 01:51:22 PM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
Interesting story, I had this exchange recently with a friend of a friend on FB, gave my standard dismissive opinion... apparently this person had lived through some kind of mass contamination event, 400,000 people affected in Milawaukee and 100+ died. Hard not to sympathize on an emotional level. But the odds of it ever happening again? If that person ever died from some weird freak event, it'd probably be something totally different.

That was probably the Milwaukee Cryptosporidium outbreak in 1993. I was there for that, and still in school. Of course it was all over the news, so after the first day everyone should have known about it. The solution was just to boil water before you drank it - no big deal. So I acquired a new chore of boiling a big pot of water every day after school, which would then just sit there for all the water uses. Seems a heck of a lot easier than buying bottled water and dealing with the waste, but apparently not everyone agreed. And continuing to drink bottled water for 22 after the fact seems like an excessive response.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11015 on: October 22, 2015, 01:56:25 PM »
I don't think I could consider enjoying myself upon spending that much money. Any idea if it was $200 a person or for a couple? I wonder how much of that were drinks. I've stopped drinking for the past few weeks and am amazed at how much money it can save.
Brazil-style churrascaria. Family of 4, $45/plate + drinks/tax/tip, $220 total. Something about "we won't be doing that again, hahaha"

Don't get me wrong, those places are awesome, but the prices aren't a secret...
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11016 on: October 22, 2015, 02:08:08 PM »
OH, and same CW last week, when thrift/consignment stores came up: "I should really look into that... just spent well over $100 on t-shirts for one of the kids"
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11017 on: October 22, 2015, 02:10:21 PM »
I don't think I could consider enjoying myself upon spending that much money. Any idea if it was $200 a person or for a couple? I wonder how much of that were drinks. I've stopped drinking for the past few weeks and am amazed at how much money it can save.
Brazil-style churrascaria. Family of 4, $45/plate + drinks/tax/tip, $220 total. Something about "we won't be doing that again, hahaha"

Don't get me wrong, those places are awesome, but the prices aren't a secret...

Yeah, I enjoy Fogo de Chao but can't justify spending that much. It's Restaurant Week here and on Sunday a friend of mine organized a big dinner, and I might have gone had I been in town. For Restaurant Week dinner is $30/person, which while still WAY more than I would spend, I might be willing to treat myself as an indulgence. I probably wouldn't have gone, and instead might have gone to an ACYE sushi place that's about $28/person, but that's because I get way more utility eating sushi than churrascaria.

On a side note, our former receptionist told us a few years ago about how her and her husband went and didn't know what the prices were like until they got the bill. She isn't the smartest person in the world, so it is possible, but I had to shake my head. Places that don't have prices on the menu do so because they have customers that can afford it, and likely are out of the price range for nearly all of us.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11018 on: October 22, 2015, 02:41:17 PM »
I guess there are people that never had to do this, but on the rare occasions that I had enough money for restaurant food as a college student, I would either read the menu (if posted outside) or WALK INSIDE AND ASK FOR A COPY, before ever committing to dine there.

I felt awkward doing this, but I knew as a dumb kid that it was even worse to sit down without knowing what you could afford.
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

zolotiyeruki

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2289
  • Location: State: Denial
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11019 on: October 22, 2015, 03:28:45 PM »
Brazil-style churrascaria. Family of 4, $45/plate + drinks/tax/tip, $220 total. Something about "we won't be doing that again, hahaha"

Don't get me wrong, those places are awesome, but the prices aren't a secret...
I *LOVE* those places!  DW and I make a point of going once every year or two.  Yes, it's a splurge.  But we also make sure we can afford it first :)  And in our eyes, it's worth it every once in a while.

If you like meat and you've never been, you'll love it.

Gondolin

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 429
  • Location: Northern VA
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11020 on: October 22, 2015, 03:59:41 PM »
Quote
Because of the area I work in, I  have access to salary information, and while the majority earn a ton of money, a few of them, like me, have "normal" salaries. (I put normal in quotes because in my book, we're still paid above average.) Every single one of them complains about not being able to retire. The market dips and they freak out (while I clap my hands and yell SALE). I decided to snoop around and see what everyone in my group contributes to the 401(k) plan. We have a 4% match which isn't amazing, but it's still free money. Plus the plan is with Vanguard and the funds we can choose from are great.  I'm the only one who maxes out their contribution. In fact, the very highly paid employees (we're talking mid to high 6 figures) contribute 0%. We automatically enroll employees at 3% so they had to physically go in and change that number to 0%.  I'm still trying to wrap my head around this one because we don't have any special retirement plans for highly compensated employees. Why wouldn't you max it out?!

To be fair, when you're making 500-900k, a <$2k match plus an $18k tax shelter becomes trivial. Although, it doesn't like they're saying the way they should
"There cannot be two skies"

maco

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 422
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11021 on: October 22, 2015, 06:43:21 PM »
OH, and same CW last week, when thrift/consignment stores came up: "I should really look into that... just spent well over $100 on t-shirts for one of the kids"
New, that was probably 5 shirts, which (depending on growth spurts and clothing refresh cycle length) might not be an unreasonable number of shirts.

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 7375
  • Registered member
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11022 on: October 22, 2015, 08:32:30 PM »
I guess there are people that never had to do this, but on the rare occasions that I had enough money for restaurant food as a college student, I would either read the menu (if posted outside) or WALK INSIDE AND ASK FOR A COPY, before ever committing to dine there.

I felt awkward doing this, but I knew as a dumb kid that it was even worse to sit down without knowing what you could afford.

I regularly ask to see a menu before sitting down, mostly because I want to see if there's anything I want to eat.

notquitefrugal

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 193
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11023 on: October 22, 2015, 08:53:10 PM »
Quote
We have a 4% match which isn't amazing, but it's still free money... In fact, the very highly paid employees (we're talking mid to high 6 figures) contribute 0%.

To be fair, when you're making 500-900k, a <$2k match plus an $18k tax shelter becomes trivial. Although, it doesn't like they're saying the way they should

Wait, how would it be a $2,000 match if you were making $500,000 per year? A match is generally expressed as the first X% of the salary you defer. At $500,000 per year, I think you could contribute the full $18,000 (3.6% of salary) and receive an $18,000 match, since the first 4% of contributions are matched.

JZinCO

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 622
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11024 on: October 22, 2015, 09:51:22 PM »
A boss brought in a huge pack of cherry tomatoes. While I was taking some, the closest workmate ask me "Are you gonna bring them home?". I guess my mustachian habits didn't go unnoticed...

Oh yeah. I'm that guy. I scored my dinner tonight (pizza, salad) from the break room. Got a couple jars of cocoa almond spread yesterday.. some cereal last week. I think I get a free item a week at least. In fact on some days, I go to the break room early in the morning or late in the day (when noone is around) just to see what I could grab. Maybe I'm being more cheap than frugal, but hey, it's put out there for somebody to take. Oh, and I'm not rootin in the fridge. There's a 'common' area for people to leave food, books, magazines, trinkets...

Back to the topic umm.. I found a coworker for years doesn't make any elections with her 401(a) DCP and it stagnates in a money market. And my other coworker has a geewhiz father who retired the MMM way and lives off dividend so we have some actually productive chats about personal finance.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2015, 09:54:35 PM by JZinCO »
Please consider supporting injured or fallen wildland firefighters and their families

wileyish

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 53
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11025 on: October 22, 2015, 09:55:23 PM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
Interesting story, I had this exchange recently with a friend of a friend on FB, gave my standard dismissive opinion... apparently this person had lived through some kind of mass contamination event, 400,000 people affected in Milawaukee and 100+ died. Hard not to sympathize on an emotional level. But the odds of it ever happening again? If that person ever died from some weird freak event, it'd probably be something totally different.

Quite an anomaly. Municipal water sources have way more restrictions than bottled water. In my city, tests on municipal water are conducted daily and annual reports are available to residents. Also, fuck Nestle.

Quote
Every few years I replenish the stock of silverware at work with pieces from a thrift store. Not sure if coworkers are tossing them in the trash or taking the pieces home, but the forks have a tendency to walk off frequently.
I can't believe I never thought of that! Totally grabbing a load today.

I'm going to start stealing silverware from work as well.

So YOU are that jerk-face making off with the forks. You owe me at least $4.15, Mister!!
Resist much, obey little. - Walt Whitman

Allie

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1964
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11026 on: October 22, 2015, 11:24:19 PM »
May I add a non-money related one?

Coworker sees me pouring in my coffee milk from a recycled juice bottle, inquires about it, and I explain him I ain't drinking that dairy-fluff stuff they give for free, because it's not actual milk and I prefer knowing what I drink. He looks conspiratorially at me and asks me "Is it your own milk?". The guy next to me almost spit his coffee. (And no, I'm not lactating)

On the other hand...when I was actually lactating and pumping at work for my baby, I started bringing my coffee creamer in one of the little pumped milk bottles.  They were leak proof and fit into a little cooler with a specially fitted ice pack.  Made total sense to me.  They stayed cold and accessible.  Every time I went to get coffee, I would bring a little milk bottle with me and add a bit.  Only a close friend ever dared to ask if I was adding breastmilk to my coffee.

Goldielocks

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4815
  • Location: BC
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11027 on: October 23, 2015, 12:23:07 AM »
In copier room...

CW: Damn, the machine is out of paper again, why doesn't anyone load this thing.

Opens a skein of paper, removes 3 sheets, puts them in the side feed, hits print, leaves open skein on top of printer and walks out.

Me: Cringe.

At least he didn't toss the 'extra' paper out...

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1410
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11028 on: October 23, 2015, 02:33:54 AM »

As I was filling the tray with freshly washed thrift store forks once:

CW: "Ewww, gross. Those are used? I’ll stick to the disposables. I’m a germaphobe."
Me:  “So you never eat at restaurants that use real silverware?”
CW: Startled stare.

Yeah, 'cos plastic forks made in a non-sterile factory in China and moved half way around the world in a shipping container are way cleaner than this one I just washed right in front of your face...

I was in the States recently and couldn't believe the amount of disposable stuff used everywhere. Every hotel that had a free continental breakfast used styrofoam cereal bowls! Ugh. Aside from the hideous hideous waste, it's just such a poor dining experience. The bendy spoon scraping along the bottom of the bowl. Buttering a muffin with a flexible knife, ah, it made me ragey!

And restaurants were just as bad. Ordered a coffee and bagel with cream cheese to go, from an independent hipster looking place. The coffee came in an 'Eco-cup!" proudly proclaiming how recycled it was. The bagel was placed in a huge clear plastic box (never even seen one of these in the UK, let alone been given one with something as cheap as a bagel, I'd best describe it as a display box), then in a huge paper bag. About 30 napkins were stuffed in, 3 FULL SETS of cutlery, and then, when I took it out to eat it (what a frigging palaver, trying to balance all that), I discovered my cream cheese was in a separate solo cup and I had to do it myself! Bendy knife, balancing a pound of disposable packaging, but oh great, the coffee cup was recycled. REDUCE, reuse, recycle.

Interestingly, the only place that did what I would consider the SENSIBLE thing of putting the cream cheese ON my bagel and handing it to me in a thin 6" square paper bag was... Starbucks. If some people don't want their cream cheese on immediately, just say, 'On the side?' like with salad dressing. /rant

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1410
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11029 on: October 23, 2015, 02:39:42 AM »
I guess there are people that never had to do this, but on the rare occasions that I had enough money for restaurant food as a college student, I would either read the menu (if posted outside) or WALK INSIDE AND ASK FOR A COPY, before ever committing to dine there.

I felt awkward doing this, but I knew as a dumb kid that it was even worse to sit down without knowing what you could afford.

I regularly ask to see a menu before sitting down, mostly because I want to see if there's anything I want to eat.

Yeah I would never get a table at a restaurant without checking the menu to see if I liked it first. It never occurred to me this could be perceived as checking out the prices... but obviously I would always do that too.

ShoulderThingThatGoesUp

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2784
  • Location: Emmaus, PA
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11030 on: October 23, 2015, 06:06:31 AM »
A boss brought in a huge pack of cherry tomatoes. While I was taking some, the closest workmate ask me "Are you gonna bring them home?". I guess my mustachian habits didn't go unnoticed...

Oh yeah. I'm that guy. I scored my dinner tonight (pizza, salad) from the break room. Got a couple jars of cocoa almond spread yesterday.. some cereal last week. I think I get a free item a week at least. In fact on some days, I go to the break room early in the morning or late in the day (when noone is around) just to see what I could grab. Maybe I'm being more cheap than frugal, but hey, it's put out there for somebody to take. Oh, and I'm not rootin in the fridge. There's a 'common' area for people to leave food, books, magazines, trinkets...

Back when my wife and I worked in offices, we frequently scored dinner this way by bringing home office meeting leftovers. This worked great except the one time we got food poisoning from her office when she was pregnant. An awful 24 hours of clearing every last drop of everything out of our alimentary canals, all the time worried about the baby, too. (Baby's fine, turning 2 next month.)

When she got back to her office, everybody had those little dot bruises around their eyes from vomiting with great force. The restaurant lost a solid corporate account that day.

I'd still bring home leftover office food if the opportunity presented itself. Things happen, but they usually don't.

Geostache

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 202
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11031 on: October 23, 2015, 06:46:10 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.

Pooplips

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 424
  • Age: 31
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11032 on: October 23, 2015, 07:10:36 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.

People are stupid. I work in the water industry. Bottle water has no special regulations; they fall under all the same regulations municipalities do for their drinking water. The treatment process is the same for both.

Most bottle water companies use tap water, run it through a carbon filter (the same type of filter is on your refrigerator that no one ever replaces) and pass it off as purified or specially filtered. Its a sham.

I wonder how many other products are shams like this. I once worked in a sourkraut facility and they used the same enormis vat of kraut to fill 7 "different" company labels. Buy the cheapest sourkraut its all the same.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3607
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11033 on: October 23, 2015, 07:25:49 AM »
I *LOVE* those places!  DW and I make a point of going once every year or two.  Yes, it's a splurge.  But we also make sure we can afford it first :)  And in our eyes, it's worth it every once in a while.

If you like meat and you've never been, you'll love it.
We hit one in Brazil on our honeymoon. Yes, yes, and yes! Eat till it f'ing hurts, 10 kinds of meat, etc. etc. etc.
I'm not opposed to the concept in any fashion... just opposed to a debt-ridden friend overpaying to experience it. :(

New, that was probably 5 shirts, which (depending on growth spurts and clothing refresh cycle length) might not be an unreasonable number of shirts.
I don't question the need or the quantity, I question paying retail for all of them after identifying consumer debt as a problem one would like to be rid of.
I am not a cog. I am an organizational lubricant.

theadvicist

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1410
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11034 on: October 23, 2015, 08:20:28 AM »

People are stupid. I work in the water industry. Bottle water has no special regulations; they fall under all the same regulations municipalities do for their drinking water. The treatment process is the same for both.

Most bottle water companies use tap water, run it through a carbon filter (the same type of filter is on your refrigerator that no one ever replaces) and pass it off as purified or specially filtered. Its a sham.

I wonder how many other products are shams like this. I once worked in a sourkraut facility and they used the same enormis vat of kraut to fill 7 "different" company labels. Buy the cheapest sourkraut its all the same.

I remember when Dasani was withdrawn from sale in the UK because the scandal broke that it was... tap water.

ETA reading up on it was not just tap water, it was tap water to which they apparently added carcinogens! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasani#United_Kingdom
« Last Edit: October 23, 2015, 08:24:21 AM by theadvicist »

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11035 on: October 23, 2015, 08:50:51 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.

Water coolers aren't that expensive to maintain, but then again I don't know how much water costs where you are and if they are paying for a service to deliver it. Here, we can fill up at 5 gallon drum of water for 39 cents a gallon. I have two jugs at the office and I will fill them up and bring them in, but then again mine is a small office so that water lasts a while. This is a necessity in my eyes as our tap is nasty, and I don't believe that my workers, especially in the warehouse, should have to bring in their own water.

Dollar Slice

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2333
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11036 on: October 23, 2015, 09:50:10 AM »
Water coolers aren't that expensive to maintain, but then again I don't know how much water costs where you are and if they are paying for a service to deliver it.

We have a small office and it's about $5/mo per person when you include everything (delivery, rental of the cooler, etc.). It's a nice cheap perk to have, it dispenses hot water for tea as well as cold water... and we don't have a tap/sink anywhere in our office so people would have to get tap water from the sometimes-icky shared-with-other-companies bathroom sink, or buy bottled.
Referrals for...
Prolific Academic: http://www.prolific.ac/rp?ref=3PJ4H43L (Earn money by taking academic surveys - way better than mturk, I average ~$9/hr)
Robinhood: http://bit.ly/2uGXBPG (Get a free stock!)

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11037 on: October 23, 2015, 11:11:17 AM »
Water coolers aren't that expensive to maintain, but then again I don't know how much water costs where you are and if they are paying for a service to deliver it.

We have a small office and it's about $5/mo per person when you include everything (delivery, rental of the cooler, etc.). It's a nice cheap perk to have, it dispenses hot water for tea as well as cold water... and we don't have a tap/sink anywhere in our office so people would have to get tap water from the sometimes-icky shared-with-other-companies bathroom sink, or buy bottled.

I'm guessing that your's is a big office? For the cooler, we went on craigs' list and bought one and then bought two jugs and like I said, we refill them at the grocery store a block away for 39 cents a gallon or $1.95. I'm guessing that this wouldn't fly at a big office because people don't have time for that, but man does that add up.

kimmarg

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 542
  • Location: Northern New England
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11038 on: October 23, 2015, 11:14:32 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.
I would have said never buy water but then I worked in an office with horrendous tasting hard water. I caved and joined the water club ($5/ month) not too many months after I did annual tests revealed the water (from a well) did not meet federal clean drinking water standards. After that my employer took over the cost of water.

nobodyspecial

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1472
  • Location: Land above the land of the free
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11039 on: October 23, 2015, 11:31:23 AM »
The coffee came in an 'Eco-cup!" proudly proclaiming how recycled it was. The bagel was placed in a huge clear plastic box (never even seen one of these in the UK,.....but oh great, the coffee cup was recycled. REDUCE, reuse, recycle.
Their inability to handle the concept of a china mug (the only proper way to serve tea) is why there is no hope for the civlisation over here.
That and not playing cricket, and having discovered a way of making rugby both boring and more dangerous.

jinga nation

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 669
  • Location: 'Murica's Wang
  • Left, Right, Peddlin' Shite
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11040 on: October 23, 2015, 11:34:05 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.
At my workplace, bunch of folks trying to bring back the water coolers and monthly water dues, etc. I was asked and replied "FuckNo!". I told them that there's a water fountain in our office, two fountains in the huge shower facility next door that dispense supercoldaqua, and there's 50cent water bottles in the fridge (that I only use in an emergency, buying one and refilling for the day). I'm that Nalgene water bottle chap.
If I genuinely enjoy my profession and workplace, is there a reason to FIRE? Keep Calm and Carry On Milking.

jinga nation

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 669
  • Location: 'Murica's Wang
  • Left, Right, Peddlin' Shite
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11041 on: October 23, 2015, 11:49:27 AM »
CW1 to CW2: Let's buy a Keurig machine for $96. (Yeah that damn 2.0 with the DRM hack)
CW2 sends out an email to 20+ people asking to pitch in to share cost.
I replied that I wouldn't participate, love my cheap instant coffee, can get 16oz of good Sumatran in the building café for $2, or use my weekly free Dunkin Donuts coupons nearby.
When CW1 brings in the new machine the next day, purchased without any consensus,
CW3: There's an unused Keurig machine in the back of the datacenter (CW3 is a fellow cheap bastard).
CW1: Huh, oh whatever.
I walk in.
CW1: Jinga, what's $96 divided by 7?
Me: just under $14. Why?
CW1: For the coffee machine
Me: Does that price includes sales tax?
CW1: Damn!
CW4: I'll contribute, even though I don't drink coffee or use Keurig stuff, but I don't want to be accused in the future of not paying. (Same guy who played in office fantasy football league last year but didn't pay his $20 until the season was over.)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2015, 12:09:39 PM by jinga nation »
If I genuinely enjoy my profession and workplace, is there a reason to FIRE? Keep Calm and Carry On Milking.

dragoncar

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 7375
  • Registered member
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11042 on: October 23, 2015, 11:58:02 AM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.

I probably wouldn't drink water from a building that had a sign like that

MM_MG

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 132
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11043 on: October 23, 2015, 12:00:12 PM »
At the airport just now...

Bartender:  Yeah, some people worry about their credit score and stuff like that...not me.

Patron 1:  I absolutely LOVE my car!  I don't care what happens I am not getting rid of it no matter what! 

I could only hear part of the coversation, but I can imagine how the rest of it went.

Oh and a facepunch for me for paying for a drink at the airport. 

TheGrimSqueaker

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1656
  • Location: A desert wasteland, where none but the weird survive
  • www.theliveinlandlord.com
    • The Live-In Landlord
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11044 on: October 23, 2015, 12:24:07 PM »
At the airport just now...

Bartender:  Yeah, some people worry about their credit score and stuff like that...not me.

Patron 1:  I absolutely LOVE my car!  I don't care what happens I am not getting rid of it no matter what! 

I could only hear part of the coversation, but I can imagine how the rest of it went.

Oh and a facepunch for me for paying for a drink at the airport.

No facepunch from me. I find current TSA and airline interactions intolerable while completely sober, one can't bring liquids through check-in, and obviously drinking to a sufficient level of inebriation before leaving the house isn't wise (or legal, if you drive to the airport). The only remaining option for getting through the mandatory poke-and-grope without doing something arrest-worthy is to buy the overpriced booze.
I squeak softly, but carry a big schtick.

Dollar Slice

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2333
  • Age: 40
  • Location: New York City
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11045 on: October 23, 2015, 12:27:05 PM »
We have a small office and it's about $5/mo per person when you include everything (delivery, rental of the cooler, etc.). It's a nice cheap perk to have, it dispenses hot water for tea as well as cold water... and we don't have a tap/sink anywhere in our office so people would have to get tap water from the sometimes-icky shared-with-other-companies bathroom sink, or buy bottled.

I'm guessing that your's is a big office? For the cooler, we went on craigs' list and bought one and then bought two jugs and like I said, we refill them at the grocery store a block away for 39 cents a gallon or $1.95. I'm guessing that this wouldn't fly at a big office because people don't have time for that, but man does that add up.

No, mi'ne is not a big office, as I said in the first five words of that post you just quoted ;-)

I think last month we got 20 gallons of water delivered and it cost $34 including cooler rental/delivery. It's not crazy cheap (midtown NYC never is!) but it's a pretty minor expense that the company pays for. I really doubt there is any store in the vicinity where we could get cheaper water. I'm quite happy for the company to pay an extra couple of dollars a week if it prevents employees from buying lots of smaller bottles (wasting plastic + expense) or drinking more soda/crap.
Referrals for...
Prolific Academic: http://www.prolific.ac/rp?ref=3PJ4H43L (Earn money by taking academic surveys - way better than mturk, I average ~$9/hr)
Robinhood: http://bit.ly/2uGXBPG (Get a free stock!)

Geostache

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 202
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11046 on: October 23, 2015, 12:30:09 PM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.
I would have said never buy water but then I worked in an office with horrendous tasting hard water. I caved and joined the water club ($5/ month) not too many months after I did annual tests revealed the water (from a well) did not meet federal clean drinking water standards. After that my employer took over the cost of water.

I do understand that. I cannot drink tap water in the LA/San Diego area. The water there literally turns my stomach! I haven't tried filtered (usually out on a business trip). I'm usually buying facepunch-worthy bottled water while there.

UnleashHell

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3341
  • Age: 50
  • Location: Florida
  • climbing out of a dark hole
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11047 on: October 23, 2015, 12:34:02 PM »
The coffee came in an 'Eco-cup!" proudly proclaiming how recycled it was. The bagel was placed in a huge clear plastic box (never even seen one of these in the UK,.....but oh great, the coffee cup was recycled. REDUCE, reuse, recycle.
Their inability to handle the concept of a china mug (the only proper way to serve tea) is why there is no hope for the civlisation over here.
That and not playing cricket, and having discovered a way of making rugby both boring and more dangerous.


China cup? pah. nice to look at but totally useless when it comes to dunking your chocolate digestives. Mugs are the only way to go and the yanks have mugs that are big enough to dunk any biscuit known to mankind.

Of course theres no decent biscuits here but....
_____________
JTF 96

MgoSam

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3474
  • Location: Minnesota
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11048 on: October 23, 2015, 12:58:37 PM »
People who buy bottled water…one day we’ll look back at them and laugh the way we do for people who bought pet rocks in the 70’s. I hope.
A coworker spotted me filling up my mug at the water fountain at work. Granted, our building is old, and some of the faucets have a sign that say "Run water for at least 1 minute before consumption." Still:

CW: Wow, you're brave.
Me: Why, because I'm drinking from the water fountain?
CW: Yes.
Me: Well, there's no sign (warning to run water for a minute), so I'm assuming it's safe.
CW: I wouldn't do it.
Me: You have to die from something, right?

This coworker is a part of the $5/month water club. Yes, they pool their money to purchase those big bottled water coolers and drink from that.
I would have said never buy water but then I worked in an office with horrendous tasting hard water. I caved and joined the water club ($5/ month) not too many months after I did annual tests revealed the water (from a well) did not meet federal clean drinking water standards. After that my employer took over the cost of water.

I do understand that. I cannot drink tap water in the LA/San Diego area. The water there literally turns my stomach! I haven't tried filtered (usually out on a business trip). I'm usually buying facepunch-worthy bottled water while there.

I haven't used this, but I've heard great things.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GN8RDY/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=1944687742&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B006OJHHIE&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0Z02QG0HETGTAVJVBG85

mamagoose

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 351
  • Location: FL
Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11049 on: October 23, 2015, 12:58:51 PM »
At the airport just now...

Bartender:  Yeah, some people worry about their credit score and stuff like that...not me.

Patron 1:  I absolutely LOVE my car!  I don't care what happens I am not getting rid of it no matter what! 

I could only hear part of the coversation, but I can imagine how the rest of it went.

Oh and a facepunch for me for paying for a drink at the airport.

Maybe the Bartender doesn't worry about his credit score b/c he's debt-free and owns his house outright and therefore has no need to borrow money so his credit score is irrelevant?

Maybe Patron 1 loves their car b/c it's a 20-year-old beater that they've kept on life support using their own skills & tools, regardless of moving up the career ladder & coworkers telling him he "deserves" a better car?

Just being optimistic :)
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.