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AIBU to refuse to buy a colleague's lunch?

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BadElsa Tue 10-Oct-17 22:16:43

Heading out of the office for lunch break and a colleague asks if I can pick up lunch for them. I joked and refused. Feel like a bitch but don’t regret it. It always gets out of hand. The order gets convoluted ie “something with chicken..... except no mayo and I hate avocado and white bread only, oh and a packet of crisps pickled onion flavour if they have it, oh and a cappuccino with soy milk and three sugars” then another colleague says “I can you get me a twix” which means a different shop. By the time you’ve finished your whole lunch break is running errands and you have to juggle 4 lunches and a tray of bloody bespoke coffees! AIBU or is it just rude to expect a colleague to do this?

BadElsa Tue 10-Oct-17 22:18:57

Ps I don’t mean actually paying for it, just fetching it. Though all the faffing with money gets on my nerves too “oh I’ll just have to owe you 50p”. Oh just keep the bloody 50p Janice angry

NoCryLilSoftSoft Tue 10-Oct-17 22:22:31

Oh just keep the bloody 50p Janice angry


Yanbu! That would crack me up too. Tell them to get off their lazy arses and get it themselves.

whirlyswirly Tue 10-Oct-17 22:24:11

I hear you. I usually do this but quietly resent it. I've often not been paid either and feel petty asking.

I tend to shoot out of the door, ninja like, before anyone notices these days.

blackteasplease Tue 10-Oct-17 22:24:48

"No I don't want to" might work well grin

Mumsnet has got me really good at saying "I don't want to, and it's v liberating "

Happyperson123 Tue 10-Oct-17 22:27:27


tippz Tue 10-Oct-17 22:28:32

Yep that would piss me off too. Grabbing a Greggs sausage roll and a custard slice is one thing, but if you have a few liberal millennials in the office, it's lots of tosspot vegan shit, like avocado and walnut smoothie, and soy milk latte, and wholemeal, salt-free, sugar free bread kissed by free range fucking fairies, and low fat, low salt, baked crisps made by 'Vegan dreams R us' in a tiny obscure village in The Lake District.

Nah fuck that. Get you're own shitting lunch! hmm

CauliflowerSqueeze Tue 10-Oct-17 22:30:03

Just sail out smiling and saying “I don’t think you can afford my huge delivery fee!”

LaContessaDiPlump Tue 10-Oct-17 22:30:29

Hey! On behalf of all vegans, Tesco do a very acceptable falafel wrap in the meal deal section grin

But yes, op, it is a pita and you are NU to want to dodge the whole sorry affair.

Sayyouwill Tue 10-Oct-17 22:30:47

Doesn't bother me if I'm there anyways. If people start asking for things in different shops I just say "I'm not going there I'm afraid"

RhinestoneCowgirl Tue 10-Oct-17 22:30:58

In our office there might be a 'I'm going to Lidl, anyone want anything?' (dead classy us) but no way to going to different shops. Outrageous! Stand yr ground OP

RunRabbitRunRabbit Tue 10-Oct-17 22:30:58

What a CF asking you to get their lunch. As my nan used to say "What did your last slave die of?"

Don't feel like a bitch in a bad way, feel like a bitch in a good way.

Think "Fuck you Janice don't you think I've got better things to do than get your lunch? Get your own you cheeky fucker." Then make a joke and refuse just like you did.

Imonlyfuckinghuman Tue 10-Oct-17 22:32:36


N0tNowBernard Tue 10-Oct-17 22:37:43

YANBU there was a lady in our office that did this to me before I had the nerve to say no. Everyone used to pile in with their orders as well - even though they'd already had their lunch break.

It came to a stop when she once said "I've got a handover, please can you go to Boots and buy me some diarrhoea sachets" confused

Needless to say I "didn't have time" on hat occasion and stopped it from then on!

Ttbb Tue 10-Oct-17 22:38:28

YANBU. If they are too lazy to even get their USB lunch they probably shouldn't be eating so much anyway.

snackarella Tue 10-Oct-17 22:38:48

I always tried the ' does anyone want anything from 'place I'm getting my lunch from'
And if they ask for anything else I say I'm not going that way 😂 cheeky bastards

Rudedog Tue 10-Oct-17 22:44:08

I worked with someone who was 'working through her lunch' (i.e. Late every day) so just expected others to get her lunch - from places we weren't even going to!
Apparently we had nothing better to do but stand in queues.

It came to an abrupt stop when she accused someone of short changing her 3p....confused

Maelstrop Tue 10-Oct-17 22:46:19

Don't say where you're going, just leave the room quietly. Cheeky fuckers!

Fluffyears Tue 10-Oct-17 22:46:20

I say which shop I am going to, if anyone says ‘can you get me x?’ and where I am going doesn’t sell it then the answer is ‘sorry no i’m Only going to z shop’ x

MaisyPops Tue 10-Oct-17 22:48:21

I wouldn't mind someone saying 'could you grab me a latte whilst youre out / when youre at the bakers any chance you couls pick me up a cheese savoury'

People with their unique personal requirements would be a no for me. Mainlu because i hate the embarasing moment of asking for a ginormous soya decaff low sugar caramel frothymilkycoffeeeeno and a sandwich like the ones made up but jot because thry want the lettuce swapping for hand picked rocket grown within 5 miles of a well where people chant the ancient leaf growing chant 😅

BusterTheBulldog Tue 10-Oct-17 22:49:01

I hear you. Used to work with one of these. Once I had to get get a cheeseburger from McDonalds with no burger or relish. I shit you not. Never again after that.

lalalalyra Tue 10-Oct-17 22:51:43

I had a rule (because there was too many people) that I was going to X place and if you wanted it how it came then I'd pick up. If you wanted it without x or y or any of that faff then it was a no.

Bejazzled Tue 10-Oct-17 22:55:17

buster "a cheeseburger with no burger or relish"
Lol , a cheese roll then?

khajiit13 Tue 10-Oct-17 23:01:29

Hm well I get your point. I always offer when I go out for lunch but usually everyone politely declines and gets their own so when they actually do say yes I really don't mind as they would do the same for me if I didn't have time etc. We don't take the piss.

The team that sits behind me are a different matter. "Ooh can you pick me up some sushi from sainsburys' and another person pipes up "a crusty roll from lidl bakery would be great" while another requests "a packet of mixed nuts from M&S please" she then bitches that whoever bought them picked up the wrong friggin mixed nuts I mean come on

I don't really blame you OP. I make exceptions for those who don't take therl piss though.

TroelsLovesSquinkies Tue 10-Oct-17 23:01:35

Friggin Janice she can get her own lunch, I'll lend her the 50p if she wants.
I avoid all this by working in the arse end of nothing, no shop within walking distance and I leave my money home, makes me eat the butty I bring in.

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