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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7850 on: April 22, 2015, 10:18:40 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

How is that fraud?

No good deed apparently should ever go unpunished. It's comments like the fraud one that piss me off, society has become entirely too litigious. Reminds me of this guy I used to play Lightning with back during recess (it's a basketball game involving free throws). Oftentimes his balls would hit off the rim and go flying away, and since time was a factor sometimes people would pass him the ball rather than make him run after it, but if he got out he would complain about interference. So people stopped helping him, and then he would complain that people weren't helping him so finally we told him to F off and play with someone else.

I worked at a hotel as a night auditor.  I was the lowest person in the pecking order and even I was authorized to change rates and give discounts at my discretion.  It sounds like from the original story that the alternative to a lower rate, and taking the risk of non payment for the second night was to turn him away which guarantees an empty hotel suite. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7851 on: April 22, 2015, 10:29:43 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

How is that fraud?

No good deed apparently should ever go unpunished. It's comments like the fraud one that piss me off, society has become entirely too litigious. Reminds me of this guy I used to play Lightning with back during recess (it's a basketball game involving free throws). Oftentimes his balls would hit off the rim and go flying away, and since time was a factor sometimes people would pass him the ball rather than make him run after it, but if he got out he would complain about interference. So people stopped helping him, and then he would complain that people weren't helping him so finally we told him to F off and play with someone else.

I worked at a hotel as a night auditor.  I was the lowest person in the pecking order and even I was authorized to change rates and give discounts at my discretion.  It sounds like from the original story that the alternative to a lower rate, and taking the risk of non payment for the second night was to turn him away which guarantees an empty hotel suite.

Yeah, spending some time on the road doing sales, I found that most night clerks had wiggle room on rates, especially if there are multiple hotels nearby. My favorite has to be going to a Red Roof Inn and being told that the rates was $65, negotiating it down to $55 and then chatting with the guy as he checked me in. We traded stories and jokes and then right before I signed the rate sheet, he tore it up and lowered my rate to $45 because, "I made him laugh." A year later I was back in the same area and got the rate of $55, but when I asked the lady behind the counter about the guy, she looked at me suspiciously until I told her about him telling me his life story (which was clearly made up) and she burst out laughing and lowered my rate down to around $42.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7852 on: April 22, 2015, 11:01:11 AM »
Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?

I read "fraud" as not referring to the credit card or even the hotel business directly, but in helping to cover up the guy's lack of financial means from his girlfriend.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7853 on: April 22, 2015, 11:02:38 AM »
Yeah, spending some time on the road doing sales, I found that most night clerks had wiggle room on rates, especially if there are multiple hotels nearby. My favorite has to be going to a Red Roof Inn and being told that the rates was $65, negotiating it down to $55 and then chatting with the guy as he checked me in. We traded stories and jokes and then right before I signed the rate sheet, he tore it up and lowered my rate to $45 because, "I made him laugh." A year later I was back in the same area and got the rate of $55, but when I asked the lady behind the counter about the guy, she looked at me suspiciously until I told her about him telling me his life story (which was clearly made up) and she burst out laughing and lowered my rate down to around $42.

At that rate, you'll get comp'd nights by 2029!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7854 on: April 22, 2015, 11:17:54 AM »
Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?

I read "fraud" as not referring to the credit card or even the hotel business directly, but in helping to cover up the guy's lack of financial means from his girlfriend.

Got it, so it's now the hotel's fault to inform the girlfriend that her boyfriend doesn't have any cash. I suppose if a man is going to propose to his girlfriend at a swanky restaurant, should the host inform her in advance that her boyfriend doesn't have any taste (if he ordered the wrong wine)?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7855 on: April 22, 2015, 11:27:32 AM »
Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?

I read "fraud" as not referring to the credit card or even the hotel business directly, but in helping to cover up the guy's lack of financial means from his girlfriend.

Got it, so it's now the hotel's fault to inform the girlfriend that her boyfriend doesn't have any cash. I suppose if a man is going to propose to his girlfriend at a swanky restaurant, should the host inform her in advance that her boyfriend doesn't have any taste (if he ordered the wrong wine)?
You are borderline complicit in fraud.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7856 on: April 22, 2015, 11:32:20 AM »
Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?

I read "fraud" as not referring to the credit card or even the hotel business directly, but in helping to cover up the guy's lack of financial means from his girlfriend.

Got it, so it's now the hotel's fault to inform the girlfriend that her boyfriend doesn't have any cash. I suppose if a man is going to propose to his girlfriend at a swanky restaurant, should the host inform her in advance that her boyfriend doesn't have any taste (if he ordered the wrong wine)?

He should have spray painted the customers car.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7857 on: April 22, 2015, 01:20:27 PM »
Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?

I read "fraud" as not referring to the credit card or even the hotel business directly, but in helping to cover up the guy's lack of financial means from his girlfriend.

Got it, so it's now the hotel's fault to inform the girlfriend that her boyfriend doesn't have any cash. I suppose if a man is going to propose to his girlfriend at a swanky restaurant, should the host inform her in advance that her boyfriend doesn't have any taste (if he ordered the wrong wine)?

Pretty sure the "borderline fraud" comment was intended as a joke and they were complicit in him misrepresenting himself.

Personally, if it was my hotel - proposal planned or not - I'd have told him he needed to pay for the room, subtly of course and probably not in front of the GF.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7858 on: April 22, 2015, 01:36:51 PM »
The whole marriage proposal was a sham, and the hotel helped pull the wool over the girl's eyes, hence the joking 'borderline fraud' comment.

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I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel the hotel did the right thing by waiving the room fee.  Paying for things you take is often viewed as a reasonable way of doing business where I come from.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7859 on: April 22, 2015, 01:54:56 PM »
I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel the hotel did the right thing by waiving the room fee.  Paying for things you take is often viewed as a reasonable way of doing business where I come from.
I don't think the hotel did the right thing, but I certainly think it's their prerogative to lower the fee if that's what they want to do.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7860 on: April 22, 2015, 02:01:15 PM »
I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel the hotel did the right thing by waiving the room fee.  Paying for things you take is often viewed as a reasonable way of doing business where I come from.

This sort of thing is pretty standard in the service industry, whether it's a discount on a room, a free business class upgrade or even just a coffee.

I always like getting comped, even if I could afford full price on whatever it is I'm getting for free/cheap.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7861 on: April 22, 2015, 02:03:07 PM »
I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel the hotel did the right thing by waiving the room fee.  Paying for things you take is often viewed as a reasonable way of doing business where I come from.
I don't think the hotel did the right thing, but I certainly think it's their prerogative to lower the fee if that's what they want to do.

Agreed.  Though it does make them complicit in the fraud in this case . . .


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7862 on: April 22, 2015, 02:10:34 PM »
Who is saying the hotel did "the right thing"?  Also, what does "the right thing" even mean?  Also how is it the hotel's (or anyone's for that matter) responsibility to interject into something as personal as a marriage proposal, unless they are specifically asked? 

I would think the hotel should show some discretion and not set off the "one millionth customer" alarm and bells when a cc is declined, whether they are their with a prospective marriage partner, business partners, or even just strangers.  More often it is framed as some kind of glitch or error, so as to not project the "you are a dead beat" vibe, regardless of whether they are or aren't. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7863 on: April 22, 2015, 03:40:46 PM »
I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel the hotel did the right thing by waiving the room fee.  Paying for things you take is often viewed as a reasonable way of doing business where I come from.

This sort of thing is pretty standard in the service industry, whether it's a discount on a room, a free business class upgrade or even just a coffee.

I always like getting comped, even if I could afford full price on whatever it is I'm getting for free/cheap.

Indeed.  On our rare (anniversary) dinners out at a fancy restaurant my wife always makes a point of telling the servers and any other services that it is our anniversary.  Free desserts, discounts and bonuses tend to follow.

It is only my innate self-consciousness and aversion to lying that keeps me from announcing my anniversary every time I go to a restaurant.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7864 on: April 22, 2015, 07:49:05 PM »
I finally have one!

So I'm sitting in the office, and supervisor says that she got a new car.

She went from a 2000-something Honda Accord, $13k owed, $6k worth, to a new 2015 Ford Focus. So she went from being $7k in the hole to $23k in the hole, and she was bragging about how she managed to go from 18% interest to 9%, and was talking about all the features of this new car. She averages 25k miles a year on a car, so I can see her wanting to roll her already rolled loan before she's done paying it off.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7865 on: April 22, 2015, 08:14:07 PM »
Wtf? $13k owed on 200X car? 18% and 9% interest??

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7866 on: April 22, 2015, 08:15:16 PM »
Wtf? $13k owed on 200X car? 18% and 9% interest??

Two words:

Financial suicide. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7867 on: April 22, 2015, 08:20:11 PM »
just finished this whole thread and i have that kind of yucky feeling you get when you just spent like 7 hours watching reruns on TV and you had like 50 other (productive, mustachian!) things you meant to do that day...

No coworker disasters to report.  Mostly annoyance when coworkers endlessly complain about their parking tickets that they get parking around the office (meter maids be fierce around here and no lots around), when there is a million types of public transit around and ample bike parking.  One person on my team will regularly get parking tickets that are about 2/3 of her take home pay for the day.  mostly makes me really sad.  I have to hold my tongue but my I really want to be like, "dang maybe you shouldn't have accepted this job if you knew you were going to have to drive."   

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7868 on: April 22, 2015, 11:32:21 PM »
Yeah, spending some time on the road doing sales, I found that most night clerks had wiggle room on rates, especially if there are multiple hotels nearby. My favorite has to be going to a Red Roof Inn and being told that the rates was $65, negotiating it down to $55 and then chatting with the guy as he checked me in. We traded stories and jokes and then right before I signed the rate sheet, he tore it up and lowered my rate to $45 because, "I made him laugh." A year later I was back in the same area and got the rate of $55, but when I asked the lady behind the counter about the guy, she looked at me suspiciously until I told her about him telling me his life story (which was clearly made up) and she burst out laughing and lowered my rate down to around $42.

At that rate, you'll get comp'd nights by 2029!

Love it when people live up to their user names.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7869 on: April 23, 2015, 04:10:59 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7870 on: April 23, 2015, 07:54:20 AM »
To each his own.   If she had the ability to save up enough to take that much time off then hopefully she has the ability to save later for retirement.
If something doesn't matter to someone else or if they haven't arrived at a point where they see value in it, then that's how it is.

She sees there being great value in taking this trip.   She was able to sacrifice putting that money away to achieve the goal.
Just because not everyone shares that goal doesn't make it less worthwhile.  Her life, her decision and the value is what SHE places on it.....not anyone else.
I suspect that people who follow the straight and narrow path(fiscally) are most certainly not her audience.   Actually, she probably doesn't care.

Maybe she needs to do this before she can focus on other long term goals?    Doesn't mean that she won't decide to start saving for retirement afterwards.  Or that she isn't fiscally responsible.

There are some that need to strike out and take risk when they're young while the feel the overwhelming need to do so.

I sincerely doubt that she will regret doing this.   There is always some argument NOT to spend money in such a way on these boards.
Fine, each has their opinion.    Personally, I'll never regret the trips I took and some of the "throw caution to the wind" decisions I've made over the years.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7871 on: April 23, 2015, 07:57:51 AM »
To each his own.   If she had the ability to save up enough to take that much time off then hopefully she has the ability to save later for retirement.
If something doesn't matter to someone else or if they haven't arrived at a point where they see value in it, then that's how it is.

She sees there being great value in taking this trip.   She was able to sacrifice putting that money away to achieve the goal.
Just because not everyone shares that goal doesn't make it less worthwhile.  Her life, her decision and the value is what SHE places on it.....not anyone else.
I suspect that people who follow the straight and narrow path(fiscally) are most certainly not her audience.   Actually, she probably doesn't care.

Maybe she needs to do this before she can focus on other long term goals?    Doesn't mean that she won't decide to start saving for retirement afterwards.  Or that she isn't fiscally responsible.

There are some that need to strike out and take risk when they're young while the feel the overwhelming need to do so.

I sincerely doubt that she will regret doing this.   There is always some argument NOT to spend money in such a way on these boards.
Fine, each has their opinion.    Personally, I'll never regret the trips I took and some of the "throw caution to the wind" decisions I've made over the years.
I walk in these shoes no one else.

Yeah, I agree. I used to be that girl. You DO have to enjoy life while you can. At least she saved and wasn't taking three months off using her credit card.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7872 on: April 23, 2015, 08:02:36 AM »
Yeah, I agree. I used to be that girl. You DO have to enjoy life while you can. At least she saved and wasn't taking three months off using her credit card.
The problem is not in enjoying life while you can, it's doing it in such a reckless way that you can't do it in the future (or can't do it as much as you could otherwise). Or as MMM put it, "giving your future self the shaft". Tomorrow has to be enjoyed too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7873 on: April 23, 2015, 08:11:56 AM »
Yeah, spending some time on the road doing sales, I found that most night clerks had wiggle room on rates, especially if there are multiple hotels nearby. My favorite has to be going to a Red Roof Inn and being told that the rates was $65, negotiating it down to $55 and then chatting with the guy as he checked me in. We traded stories and jokes and then right before I signed the rate sheet, he tore it up and lowered my rate to $45 because, "I made him laugh." A year later I was back in the same area and got the rate of $55, but when I asked the lady behind the counter about the guy, she looked at me suspiciously until I told her about him telling me his life story (which was clearly made up) and she burst out laughing and lowered my rate down to around $42.

At that rate, you'll get comp'd nights by 2029!

Love it when people live up to their user names.

LOL! Though you should know that two times does not constitute a pattern.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7874 on: April 23, 2015, 08:28:03 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.
She does have a big advantage.  She's already learned how to flex the saving muscles.  I don't know how old she is, or how much she's saved on what wage, but it's definitely not the disaster that you're making it out to be. 

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« Reply #7875 on: April 23, 2015, 08:36:49 AM »
Yeah, I agree. I used to be that girl. You DO have to enjoy life while you can. At least she saved and wasn't taking three months off using her credit card.
The problem is not in enjoying life while you can, it's doing it in such a reckless way that you can't do it in the future (or can't do it as much as you could otherwise). Or as MMM put it, "giving your future self the shaft". Tomorrow has to be enjoyed too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7876 on: April 23, 2015, 08:58:01 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.

Retiring early might never have occurred to her as an option! Could you have a non-condescending conversation with her about it? It's not really surprising she would shrug you off if you said something like "at this rate, you'll have to work until you're 70!" but I would have LOVED if it someone had told me about FIRE a few years ago, because once I heard about it, boom - that became my new goal. Investing and compound interest and all that seemed too complicated, but with some guidance, you may have a new convert!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7877 on: April 23, 2015, 09:05:10 AM »
Seen at work last night:

In the parking lot, older female employee walking with difficulty to her vehicle.  Vehicle is an older model Taurus, with a smashed headlight and body damage.  Vehicle damage has evidently been there for a while, not fresh.  Woman stops before getting into the vehicle to take a call on her iPhone, decked out in some blingy case, out of her Michael Kors handbag.  Made me sad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7878 on: April 23, 2015, 09:07:15 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.

Retiring early might never have occurred to her as an option! Could you have a non-condescending conversation with her about it? It's not really surprising she would shrug you off if you said something like "at this rate, you'll have to work until you're 70!" but I would have LOVED if it someone had told me about FIRE a few years ago, because once I heard about it, boom - that became my new goal. Investing and compound interest and all that seemed too complicated, but with some guidance, you may have a new convert!

She knows I intend to peace out by 40.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7879 on: April 23, 2015, 09:42:35 AM »
Yeah, spending some time on the road doing sales, I found that most night clerks had wiggle room on rates, especially if there are multiple hotels nearby. My favorite has to be going to a Red Roof Inn and being told that the rates was $65, negotiating it down to $55 and then chatting with the guy as he checked me in. We traded stories and jokes and then right before I signed the rate sheet, he tore it up and lowered my rate to $45 because, "I made him laugh." A year later I was back in the same area and got the rate of $55, but when I asked the lady behind the counter about the guy, she looked at me suspiciously until I told her about him telling me his life story (which was clearly made up) and she burst out laughing and lowered my rate down to around $42.

At that rate, you'll get comp'd nights by 2029!

Love it when people live up to their user names.

LOL! Though you should know that two times does not constitute a pattern.

Only takes two points to make a line, though  ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7880 on: April 23, 2015, 10:04:47 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7881 on: April 23, 2015, 10:10:19 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
I don't hear a lot of snobbery about our office leftovers, but I don't see many people eating them either. Usually if we get to Friday and they're not all gone, I'll show up with containers. I've had weeks where I barely cooked.
A couple of months ago one of the officers in my guard unit got promoted and bought huge boxes of fried chicken for the party. You bet your ass I froze about 10 pounds of it on Sunday afternoon and lived off it all week. Great timing too, cause DW was off visiting family.
And actually, we have an office lunch today... I'll have to see what I can snag >.<

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« Reply #7882 on: April 23, 2015, 10:14:07 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.

That's bizarre. Each time we have a pizza lunch for the office, anything that is leftover will get taken home for dinner or put in the fridge for lunch the next day. Then again, work lunches are once a quarter and only for events such as someone leaving or holidays.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7883 on: April 23, 2015, 10:15:09 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
I don't hear a lot of snobbery about our office leftovers, but I don't see many people eating them either. Usually if we get to Friday and they're not all gone, I'll show up with containers. I've had weeks where I barely cooked.
A couple of months ago one of the officers in my guard unit got promoted and bought huge boxes of fried chicken for the party. You bet your ass I froze about 10 pounds of it on Sunday afternoon and lived off it all week. Great timing too, cause DW was off visiting family.
And actually, we have an office lunch today... I'll have to see what I can snag >.<

I'm jealous. I work with a bunch of 20-something guys, and whenever we get office lunch it all disappears in like 15 minutes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7884 on: April 23, 2015, 10:22:39 AM »
I'm jealous. I work with a bunch of 20-something guys, and whenever we get office lunch it all disappears in like 15 minutes.
Yeah, the few of us in our 30s here are the young/poor ones. Most CWs are retired military over 45.

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« Reply #7885 on: April 23, 2015, 10:41:33 AM »
I'm jealous. I work with a bunch of 20-something guys, and whenever we get office lunch it all disappears in like 15 minutes.
Yeah, the few of us in our 30s here are the young/poor ones. Most CWs are retired military over 45.

I just meant they (and I) eat it all, haha.

Overheard yesterday: new hire doing paperwork and declining to make any contributions to his 401k or HSA. :(
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7886 on: April 23, 2015, 10:54:24 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
Oh gosh, this is terrible.  Not here. We've got bigwigs in town, and yesterday I got a free muffin.  And then they ordered sushi lunch with many leftovers sooo...I saved my salad for lunch for today, and had a sushi lunch yesterday.

Who knows if I will eat my salad.  I mean, there might be leftovers today too.

I am well known here as the person happy to take leftovers home.  Then again, most of my coworkers are engineers too.  So when we have guests and there's food, we all lurk and casually walk by the break room, waiting for the leftovers.  And then there are furtive phone calls to the people in the other building who just "happen" to come by when they are out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7887 on: April 23, 2015, 10:56:52 AM »
Not direct quotes, but I think I'm getting the message across.

"Waaah I'm so poor and I have to live paycheck to paycheck. Oh hey, check out this new smartphone.  The screen is huge!"

"Waaah rich college kids get BMWs and I have to WORK to pay for my luxury SUV."

"Sure not having credit card debt would be nice, but you know what would really make me happy?  A brand new WRX.  I can't legally go 160 anywhere and I'm going to spend most of my time stuck in traffic, but those are minor details."

"I work two jobs busting my ass and you know the worst part? I barely have any quality time to spend with my expensive gadgets."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7888 on: April 23, 2015, 11:20:13 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.

That's bizarre. Each time we have a pizza lunch for the office, anything that is leftover will get taken home for dinner or put in the fridge for lunch the next day. Then again, work lunches are once a quarter and only for events such as someone leaving or holidays.

The fridge in the break room currently has two boxes of half-eaten pizza taking up space.  They've been there since Monday.  I know they came from the people on duty over the weekend, but they never leave a sticky note saying "mine, don't touch" or "free pizza."  Since nobody knows for sure why they're there nobody touches them.  They're going to get thrown away tomorrow and someone could have enjoyed some free pizza back on Monday.  This is the second time in a month this has happened.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7889 on: April 23, 2015, 11:28:18 AM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.

That's bizarre. Each time we have a pizza lunch for the office, anything that is leftover will get taken home for dinner or put in the fridge for lunch the next day. Then again, work lunches are once a quarter and only for events such as someone leaving or holidays.

The fridge in the break room currently has two boxes of half-eaten pizza taking up space.  They've been there since Monday.  I know they came from the people on duty over the weekend, but they never leave a sticky note saying "mine, don't touch" or "free pizza."  Since nobody knows for sure why they're there nobody touches them.  They're going to get thrown away tomorrow and someone could have enjoyed some free pizza back on Monday.  This is the second time in a month this has happened.

It's now been on the counter for two hours, only one other person in the office ate it.  The two BRAND NEW, as in this week they started, pretty much straight out of college, inside sales guys went and bought lunch...one of them to guess what, a local mexican joint!  He came back with that and a bag of some weird protein shake energy things.  No other snide comments but it looks like I'm going home with enough food to feed a small army here soon.  The leftover cans of soda are all gone however...

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« Reply #7890 on: April 23, 2015, 11:35:55 AM »
I just meant they (and I) eat it all, haha.
Yep. Mine by contrast have low metabolism and lots of money so why would they bother? xD

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« Reply #7891 on: April 23, 2015, 11:44:56 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.
She does have a big advantage.  She's already learned how to flex the saving muscles.  I don't know how old she is, or how much she's saved on what wage, but it's definitely not the disaster that you're making it out to be.
Yeah, I have to say, it's not necessarily a disaster.  I think enjoying life now is a great idea.  As long as she gets back to the frugalness when she's done with her tour.

I've been working full time for 23 years.  Well, minus 2.5 years of 30-35 hours a week when I had babies/ toddlers.  I wish I'd taken more time when I was younger.

I mean really, the whole travel-round-the-world thing isn't really my thing at all.  But I wish I'd taken a few more 2 week or 3 week summer road trips.  The first time I took 2 weeks off straight was when my oldest was a toddler, and it was to visit family. I couldn't believe how relaxing 2 weeks is.  I mean, you are 3 days into it when you've finally relaxed from the grind, and there are 11 more days!  If only I'd done that pre-kid.

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« Reply #7892 on: April 23, 2015, 11:50:15 AM »
So here's a bit of a mixed one.A coworker is going on sabbatical for ~3 months because she saved money since college over the last 3 or so years. She's going to places like Bali, St. Thomas, etc and then moving back to her home state (California). The good is that she saved. The bad is her attitude towards the saved money: gotta enjoy life while you're young because you never know what will happen. With that attitude, we all know what will happen. She will work until she's 70 and never be able to retire. I told her that. She disagreed and said now was more important anyway.
She does have a big advantage.  She's already learned how to flex the saving muscles.  I don't know how old she is, or how much she's saved on what wage, but it's definitely not the disaster that you're making it out to be.
Yeah, I have to say, it's not necessarily a disaster.  I think enjoying life now is a great idea.  As long as she gets back to the frugalness when she's done with her tour.

I've been working full time for 23 years.  Well, minus 2.5 years of 30-35 hours a week when I had babies/ toddlers.  I wish I'd taken more time when I was younger.

I mean really, the whole travel-round-the-world thing isn't really my thing at all.  But I wish I'd taken a few more 2 week or 3 week summer road trips.  The first time I took 2 weeks off straight was when my oldest was a toddler, and it was to visit family. I couldn't believe how relaxing 2 weeks is.  I mean, you are 3 days into it when you've finally relaxed from the grind, and there are 11 more days!  If only I'd done that pre-kid.

She belongs in this thread because she's far from frugal (eats lunch out every day at ~$15/pop). If she were frugal I'd totally be agreeing with her on this, but it's just going to make her life more difficult since she's moving to San Francisco and it's as expensive or more so than New York.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7893 on: April 23, 2015, 12:49:10 PM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
Oh gosh, this is terrible.  Not here. We've got bigwigs in town, and yesterday I got a free muffin.  And then they ordered sushi lunch with many leftovers sooo...I saved my salad for lunch for today, and had a sushi lunch yesterday.

Who knows if I will eat my salad.  I mean, there might be leftovers today too.

I am well known here as the person happy to take leftovers home.  Then again, most of my coworkers are engineers too.  So when we have guests and there's food, we all lurk and casually walk by the break room, waiting for the leftovers.  And then there are furtive phone calls to the people in the other building who just "happen" to come by when they are out.

One thing that always amazes me at work is the fact that the secretary has to clean out the fridge about once a quarter- not because it's gotten things spilled or is dirty but because it's gotten so stuffed with items that people put in there and forgot about that it's impossible for people to use it. It's amazing the volume of stuff she has to throw out each time- not only leftover take-out boxes (which do make up a good bit of it) but Tupperware containers people brought in and often unopened (and sometimes also expired) packages of food (there's about a week's worth of notices before the clean-out so nothing anybody actually wants to keep should get thrown away).

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« Reply #7894 on: April 23, 2015, 12:59:07 PM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
Oh gosh, this is terrible.  Not here. We've got bigwigs in town, and yesterday I got a free muffin.  And then they ordered sushi lunch with many leftovers sooo...I saved my salad for lunch for today, and had a sushi lunch yesterday.

Who knows if I will eat my salad.  I mean, there might be leftovers today too.

I am well known here as the person happy to take leftovers home.  Then again, most of my coworkers are engineers too.  So when we have guests and there's food, we all lurk and casually walk by the break room, waiting for the leftovers.  And then there are furtive phone calls to the people in the other building who just "happen" to come by when they are out.

One thing that always amazes me at work is the fact that the secretary has to clean out the fridge about once a quarter- not because it's gotten things spilled or is dirty but because it's gotten so stuffed with items that people put in there and forgot about that it's impossible for people to use it. It's amazing the volume of stuff she has to throw out each time- not only leftover take-out boxes (which do make up a good bit of it) but Tupperware containers people brought in and often unopened (and sometimes also expired) packages of food (there's about a week's worth of notices before the clean-out so nothing anybody actually wants to keep should get thrown away).

I used to get stuck doing this when I was an office manager.  So many places have this issue, it's insane!  No amount of notice would make a difference either, so I eventually got in the habit of eyeballing the fridge on a regular basis.  Anything packaged would hit the trash a week post expiration date.  The first time I cleaned out the freezer, I found a frozen dinner in there that was 6 years past code!  Who knows if the owner of that particular meal even worked there anymore...

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« Reply #7895 on: April 23, 2015, 01:09:47 PM »
CW who financed his wife's 40K SUV in Dec and admits to some remorse: "man, look at that new Tahoe... the more I look at the new ones the more I like them".
There's literally nothing wrong with the lifted 4x4 he already has, and his entire family + dog could fit in a Civic.
A few minutes later "I really like the new TRD Tundra they're making... I priced one out online the other day, came out to $45k."
Bright spot: realized that was a bad idea and probably won't do it. This one likes the job (hell, I don't mind it these days) but I don't think he wants to be here for another 35 years. My goal is to assist with the putting of 2 and 2 together... hehe

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« Reply #7896 on: April 23, 2015, 01:13:27 PM »
We had a fancy pants lunch of On the Border taco bar delivered to our office yesterday for the company meeting.  There were lots of leftovers so I packed it all up and put it in the fridge around 2:30.  I just took it out and reheated myself a plate for lunch today.  So far three people have walked by and the responses have been, OH! we got lunch AGAIN today sweet?!?...oh wait, that's just the leftover crap from yesterday isn't it?", "Ugh, but it's coooooold now" (there is a microwave sitting on the same counter and paper plates) and "Ewww! who eats LEFTOVERS!!"

Screw that, if no one else eats it I"m taking it home, it's almost two full trays of meat, rice, beans, chips and lbs of fixings like cheese and salsa.  I could eat for a week off of the leftovers, with extra at the end, the way they are and a month if I make stretch meals out of them.  The waste in this office kills me.
Oh gosh, this is terrible.  Not here. We've got bigwigs in town, and yesterday I got a free muffin.  And then they ordered sushi lunch with many leftovers sooo...I saved my salad for lunch for today, and had a sushi lunch yesterday.

Who knows if I will eat my salad.  I mean, there might be leftovers today too.

I am well known here as the person happy to take leftovers home.  Then again, most of my coworkers are engineers too.  So when we have guests and there's food, we all lurk and casually walk by the break room, waiting for the leftovers.  And then there are furtive phone calls to the people in the other building who just "happen" to come by when they are out.

One thing that always amazes me at work is the fact that the secretary has to clean out the fridge about once a quarter- not because it's gotten things spilled or is dirty but because it's gotten so stuffed with items that people put in there and forgot about that it's impossible for people to use it. It's amazing the volume of stuff she has to throw out each time- not only leftover take-out boxes (which do make up a good bit of it) but Tupperware containers people brought in and often unopened (and sometimes also expired) packages of food (there's about a week's worth of notices before the clean-out so nothing anybody actually wants to keep should get thrown away).

I used to get stuck doing this when I was an office manager.  So many places have this issue, it's insane!  No amount of notice would make a difference either, so I eventually got in the habit of eyeballing the fridge on a regular basis.  Anything packaged would hit the trash a week post expiration date.  The first time I cleaned out the freezer, I found a frozen dinner in there that was 6 years past code!  Who knows if the owner of that particular meal even worked there anymore...

Here's the rule: if you put something in the fridge, put a date on it 1-week from now.  Every friday, check on fridge.  If no date, throw out.  If date is > today+1 week, throw out.

edit:  this doesn't stop someone from keeping milk in the fridge for a month.  They just have to keep putting a new date on it.  If they do that, it's likely it isn't forgotten/spoiled.
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« Reply #7897 on: April 23, 2015, 01:48:35 PM »
Or at least put your name on it so we know who to pester. 

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« Reply #7898 on: April 23, 2015, 02:22:28 PM »

I used to get stuck doing this when I was an office manager.  So many places have this issue, it's insane!  No amount of notice would make a difference either, so I eventually got in the habit of eyeballing the fridge on a regular basis.  Anything packaged would hit the trash a week post expiration date.  The first time I cleaned out the freezer, I found a frozen dinner in there that was 6 years past code!  Who knows if the owner of that particular meal even worked there anymore...

Here's the rule: if you put something in the fridge, put a date on it 1-week from now.  Every friday, check on fridge.  If no date, throw out.  If date is > today+1 week, throw out.

edit:  this doesn't stop someone from keeping milk in the fridge for a month.  They just have to keep putting a new date on it.  If they do that, it's likely it isn't forgotten/spoiled.

I just don't see how people can just forget that they have food there in the fridge- and this is coming from someone who is a complete ADD airhead at times. The only time I've had things that weren't long-term (like milk, frozen waffles, etc.) in the fridge at work longer than a week was the one time that I brought in lunch 2 days before Christmas vacation started, ended up getting free lunch from work that day, and then was sick the next day so it sat over the few weeks of vacation.

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« Reply #7899 on: April 23, 2015, 02:37:43 PM »

I used to get stuck doing this when I was an office manager.  So many places have this issue, it's insane!  No amount of notice would make a difference either, so I eventually got in the habit of eyeballing the fridge on a regular basis.  Anything packaged would hit the trash a week post expiration date.  The first time I cleaned out the freezer, I found a frozen dinner in there that was 6 years past code!  Who knows if the owner of that particular meal even worked there anymore...

Here's the rule: if you put something in the fridge, put a date on it 1-week from now.  Every friday, check on fridge.  If no date, throw out.  If date is > today+1 week, throw out.

edit:  this doesn't stop someone from keeping milk in the fridge for a month.  They just have to keep putting a new date on it.  If they do that, it's likely it isn't forgotten/spoiled.

I just don't see how people can just forget that they have food there in the fridge- and this is coming from someone who is a complete ADD airhead at times. The only time I've had things that weren't long-term (like milk, frozen waffles, etc.) in the fridge at work longer than a week was the one time that I brought in lunch 2 days before Christmas vacation started, ended up getting free lunch from work that day, and then was sick the next day so it sat over the few weeks of vacation.

Here's a for example:  Bob eats most of his salad and then gets up to go to the bathroom.  Jill sees the salad and puts it in the fridge.  Bob comes back and goes "damn, I can't believe someone threw away my salad!"  Salad rots in fridge.