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Nobody else at work wants to do it? Idiots.
« on: July 28, 2017, 11:49:52 AM »
Not the biggest or most exciting thing in the world, but I'm chuckling...

One of the cool little perks at my job is that the owner lets us keep a well-stocked kitchen on the company dime. Largely just snack food in the cupboards, cookies/crackers/chips/etc., but from time to time we'll have a veggie tray or a cheese platter. There's this woman, K, who's been running over to the grocery store every week for 20+ years to get all this food and keep us supplied. Not part of her job or anything, it's just an extra responsibility she picked up for the overall benefit of the office. As she's getting closer to retirement age, though, she's starting to dump those extra responsibilities. So the kitchen's been pretty empty lately - Not a big deal, but kind of a bummer.

I was talking to another coworker today and found out that apparently NOBODY else wants to take it on, despite everyone being bummed about it. One person was even looking into paying Peapod to deliver groceries to us every week. Well that's stupid. I volunteered to handle it instead. K walked up later to hand over her list of everything she normally buys, explaining that X, Y, and Z are important because [reasons]. Then she tells me that she normally spends ~$150/week, and I'll be good as long as I keep it roughly in that range.

So starting Monday, I get to take a break from my desk every week to bike over to the grocery store 1 mile away, enjoy fresh air and exercise on company time, pick out delicious food, be fully reimbursed, and then earn an extra $35/month on my 6% cashback Amex for my "effort."

Now I'm just trying to figure out why nobody else wanted to do this. More exercise, more food, and a little extra money in my pocket? I don't see a downside.

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Re: Nobody else at work wants to do it? Idiots.
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 11:55:33 AM »
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Re: Nobody else at work wants to do it? Idiots.
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 12:00:08 PM »
They are all focused on climbing the corporate ladder

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2017, 12:43:11 PM »
Cooool! I totally would too, if we had an arrangement like that.

A few years decades ago I worked in a senior capacity in a small business where we used towels and other washable linens. The quantity of items and level of soiling didn't justify using a commercial laundry service and a staff member's daughter used to do our laundry every weekend for cash in hand. Then she got a proper job and didn't want to continue doing the laundry. Nobody else in-house wanted the job either, so I took it on, for the same net sum but costing the business more because tax had to be paid on it.

I'd do the same again, but now we have to have single-use disposable everything.



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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2017, 01:18:22 PM »
Nice deal. And now the kitchen will be stocked with things YOU like.

The only comparable thing I have like this is I take home the non-deposit bearing recycling. Our cleaning company gets things with the deposits, I just get the nice feeling of keeping the rest out of the landfill.

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 01:05:42 AM »
Soo many plus points AND choice of food!!

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 08:20:59 AM »
We have something like that.  On the company's dime, we keep candy, coffee, tea, granola bars, and other snack-like foods in the break room.  When it runs out, nobody seems to want the task of restocking, yet they moan about the snack area being empty.

I will sometimes go WalMart using the company's card to pick up these items.  I can get the kind of snacks I like and not pay for it (perk #1).   I add the time spent shopping to my timesheet (perk #2).  And since I have a price comparison app on my phone, I get the difference sent to my 'comparison account' as actual cash (if there is  cheaper price in other local stores) that I get to spend on my personal shopping (perk #3).

So I usually don't mind taking care of this task.

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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 08:24:56 AM »
The biggest benefit IMO is being able to pick the snacks you want to eat.

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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 08:55:28 AM »
I would do this in heartbeat if I had the opportunity.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 12:49:16 PM »
We have something like that.  On the company's dime, we keep candy, coffee, tea, granola bars, and other snack-like foods in the break room.  When it runs out, nobody seems to want the task of restocking, yet they moan about the snack area being empty.

I will sometimes go WalMart using the company's card to pick up these items.  I can get the kind of snacks I like and not pay for it (perk #1).   I add the time spent shopping to my timesheet (perk #2).  And since I have a price comparison app on my phone, I get the difference sent to my 'comparison account' as actual cash (if there is  cheaper price in other local stores) that I get to spend on my personal shopping (perk #3).

So I usually don't mind taking care of this task.

What app is that?
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 09:58:12 AM »
In my career, I was always looking for things to do that were different, just to mix things up a little. I got to do a lot of fun  stuff that way. Bonus was that as a result, I sometimes gained insight into upcoming events before the pack, which was occasionally quite useful.

Getting to control what comes in + getting out of the office + perks from using your own CC? Wins, one and all.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2017, 01:42:39 PM »
Sounds like a good task to have picked up. As you say, some free exercise, a bit of cashback as well. The only consideration would be if you worked for a company where productivity/billable hours was measured and controlled tightly, a task like this that most companies would class as admin/overhead could make your performance look slightly less good. Hopefully your work's management are a bit smarter than that.

As to why other colleagues wouldn't want the work, I don't know. General lack of desire to have any (additional) responsibility? Afraid to stand out or volunteer for anything? Prefer to sit on rear all day than move about a bit?

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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2017, 02:42:07 PM »
Any time you get to leave work and be paid for it, I consider the best time. Plus bonus snacks! Good for you!!
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2017, 07:49:27 AM »
For the person who asked "what app"..... It's WalMart's Saving Catcher.  WalMart is the only BIG choice for shopping locally in our rural area.  You use the app to 'capture' a picture of the cash register tape after you check out.  It compares the products you just bought to other local grocers/dollar stores/etc.   If they find a lower price, you get the difference to use in the future.  It accumulates over time.

Yes, I understand that by doing this, WalMart knows exactly what I purchase.  But I'm not kidding myself that they don't already track it when I use my debit/credit card anyway.  I think this app replaces a price-matching system they had before where you had to bring in an advertisement from a competitor to show the lower price.

I have accumulated a nice little sum of money to be used in the future.  Works for me.

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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2017, 07:56:15 AM »
For the person who asked "what app"..... It's WalMart's Saving Catcher.  WalMart is the only BIG choice for shopping locally in our rural area.  You use the app to 'capture' a picture of the cash register tape after you check out.  It compares the products you just bought to other local grocers/dollar stores/etc.   If they find a lower price, you get the difference to use in the future.  It accumulates over time.

Yes, I understand that by doing this, WalMart knows exactly what I purchase.  But I'm not kidding myself that they don't already track it when I use my debit/credit card anyway.  I think this app replaces a price-matching system they had before where you had to bring in an advertisement from a competitor to show the lower price.

I have accumulated a nice little sum of money to be used in the future.  Works for me.

I once purchased an item in store with the same credit card that I used on the walmart.com website and suddenly I was getting emails from walmart.com advertising for the product I purchased and related items a few days later.

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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2017, 08:01:46 AM »
For the person who asked "what app"..... It's WalMart's Saving Catcher.  WalMart is the only BIG choice for shopping locally in our rural area.  You use the app to 'capture' a picture of the cash register tape after you check out.  It compares the products you just bought to other local grocers/dollar stores/etc.   If they find a lower price, you get the difference to use in the future.  It accumulates over time.

Yes, I understand that by doing this, WalMart knows exactly what I purchase.  But I'm not kidding myself that they don't already track it when I use my debit/credit card anyway.  I think this app replaces a price-matching system they had before where you had to bring in an advertisement from a competitor to show the lower price.

I have accumulated a nice little sum of money to be used in the future.  Works for me.

I once purchased an item in store with the same credit card that I used on the walmart.com website and suddenly I was getting emails from walmart.com advertising for the product I purchased and related items a few days later.
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2017, 09:25:20 AM »
If ponyboy were in your shoes he would help myself to a few things each week.  You should be rewarded other than the cashback on your credit card. 

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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2017, 11:00:18 AM »
They are all focused on climbing the corporate ladder

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I wouldn't do this for the shear optics of it: I don't want to look like the lowly gopher. It'd hurt raise and promotion potential.
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2017, 11:13:16 AM »
If ponyboy were in your shoes he would help myself to a few things each week.  You should be rewarded other than the cashback on your credit card. 

Oh, trust me, I'm tempted...

Damn moral code keeps getting in the way and ruining all my fun, though.

They are all focused on climbing the corporate ladder

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I wouldn't do this for the shear optics of it: I don't want to look like the lowly gopher. It'd hurt raise and promotion potential.

Were I back at a more corporate company, I'd definitely be reconsidering for exactly that reason... but this isn't the type of place where sharks work. I wouldn't be on this forum during the workday if it was ;)

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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2017, 11:34:08 AM »
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2017, 12:09:09 PM »
It's all in the attitude!  I wouldn't have wanted the job either until fairly recently. 
I work on an industrial campus with meetings in other buildings, etc.  I always have to walk to another building for meetings because that is where the upper management is and god help them have to walk anywhere.  It's always been kind of a pain for me to stop what I'm doing, leave 15 minutes early to walk over and I sort of resented it.  But I recently changed my attitude to be grateful that I get the chance to get a little exercise during the day, and get paid for it.  Now I volunteer to take things upstairs or to meet them at their office on a moment's notice!  Much better attitude and much better results. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2017, 12:44:02 PM »
Amazing! So you get $150/week of your favourite snacks stocked up? Best deal ever. Even if you have to budget $50/week to the crowd pleasers
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2017, 01:28:11 PM »
Score ! And you get to pick out the food. Can't beat that.
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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2017, 05:44:44 PM »
I have this exact responsibility at work too! I'm rolling in credit card rewards... :)
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« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2017, 04:25:19 AM »
I wouldn't do this for the shear optics of it: I don't want to look like the lowly gopher. It'd hurt raise and promotion potential.
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I have this exact responsibility at work too! I'm rolling in credit card rewards... :)
Well, I sure know which one of these people I'd promote.
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2017, 07:41:37 AM »
Well, I sure know which one of these people I'd promote.

Seriously, "he who controls the stockpile, controls the office; muhhahaha."

"Oh, you want what snack? I will probably have an easier time remembering if your part of the report is completed before I make my run to the store."

Yeah, I would do this in a heartbeat.

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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2017, 01:25:22 PM »
Well, I sure know which one of these people I'd promote.

Seriously, "he who controls the stockpile, controls the office; muhhahaha."

"Oh, you want what snack? I will probably have an easier time remembering if your part of the report is completed before I make my run to the store."

Yeah, I would do this in a heartbeat.
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2017, 02:31:44 AM »
the first thing I thought as i was reading this was "you gotta get the AMEX card and get free %6 cash back at the grocery store!"

then you mentioned it immediately after that. mustachian minds think alike.

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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2017, 10:58:01 AM »
I do this too and don't mind at all.  I get the CC rewards, and get to choose the snacks (I alternate based on what's on sale, and what actually gets eaten).  I usually do it when I do my own shopping though (work on a huge hill).  Do not underestimate the mighty power of getting to choose the snacks.

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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2017, 11:47:38 AM »
Here's how some people will look at such an "opportunity":

1. It's more stuff to do.
2. It won't reduce the amount of work you already have to do.
3. It won't increase the time you have to get your already considerable workload done.
4. It's not something that's going to make your resume stand out above others for promotions/raises/your next job.
5. The company isn't really paying you to do it, and at $150/week, a 6% cash back is getting a whopping $9 and most people are probably getting less than 6% cash back on their groceries.
6. Your boss(es) know that every week you're taking time out of your day to do non-productive stuff during working hours and probably not making up that lost production time.

So, $9/week gets you less time to get your job done while still having the same amount of work to do AND there's a chance that the higher ups will think you do this just to avoid doing regular work and wonder if you're being as productive as you could/should be which could inhibit your chances at good reviews/internal promotions in the future. Oh, and you get to pick out the snacks and walk/bike a little more during working hours.

So I guess I could see a perception/attitude where such an "opportunity" could be viewed negatively.
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