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to expect people to pay for the coffee/tea they drink.

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cheshirekitty Thu 06-Aug-09 19:42:44

A bit of background. I work in an outpatients department. The nursing staff take it in turns to buy coffee/tea/milk/sugar etc.

All of the doctors expect a drink (or sometimes 5) during clinic. But they never put any money into the piggy bank (rattled in front of their faces).

Am fed up subsidising liquid refreshments for the docs (especially consultants who are on mega bucks compared with nurses).

Tempted to withdraw fluids!!!!What would you do?

Alambil Thu 06-Aug-09 19:45:20

withdraw all fluids other than tap water!

TheArmadillo Thu 06-Aug-09 19:45:50

find some way of stopping them using it.

Cheeky bastards!

dinkystinky Thu 06-Aug-09 19:47:33

definitely withdraw all fluids - or put the coffee/tea in a box with a padlock on it that only the nursing staff who have put cash in have the code to!

Wigeon Thu 06-Aug-09 19:47:36

Stop buying the milk. Doctors will learn quick enough.


Mark the milk "Nurses only".


Start charging 50p per cuppa if you make a cup for someone who doesn't contribute.


Everybody buys their own individual pint and brings in their own stash of teabags / coffee / herbal tea etc. (sadly that's what happens in my office!)

foxinsocks Thu 06-Aug-09 19:48:06

just make sure that the next time they want a coffee, there's none left (hide it) and when they ask why, say 'oh sorry, there was no money left in the tin' and then shove it in front of them

HumphreyCobbler Thu 06-Aug-09 19:48:32


I worked in a school where the headteacher would not contribute to the tea fund. I told him I thought it was awful, even TAs on low wages contributed. He then coughed up the cash.

stonethecrows Thu 06-Aug-09 19:58:46

Def withdraw all fluids!! Cheeky buggers!

pjmama Thu 06-Aug-09 19:59:05

Get everyone to pay for their drinks (nurses too). Buy tea, coffee, milk and sugar out of the takings and put any profits behind the bar at the Xmas do. Everybody wins! wink

difficultdecision Thu 06-Aug-09 19:59:21

do they definately know? (I know you say rattled in front if their faces but has anyone actually explained?)

every hospital and every clinic has a different setup and it can be hard when you are moving around a lot to keep track. In everywhere I have worked the milk is delivered in the morning from catering but tea/coffee and sugar had different arrangements. Perhaps a note near the kettle or a reminder each month when the tea money is due?

madusa Thu 06-Aug-09 20:42:43

when I worked in a school, there was a list with everyones name on and once you put your money in for the term, you crossed off your name.

At least everyone knew who had paid that way and everyone knew it was expected for them to pay

lovechoc Thu 06-Aug-09 20:49:38

shock, that's doctors for youhmm they were the same when I worked in theatres. they would stroll in and just take take take all the coffee and tea. nursing staff will always be paying for it.

skybright Thu 06-Aug-09 20:57:24

Put a sign up "due to the non payment of refreshments by some members of staff,the cofee/tea money jar is penniless,please refill it at your lesiure"

lisad123 Thu 06-Aug-09 21:06:22

at our old office we each had to give £3 every 3 months to cover. Someone always went round and asked too.
Cheeky buggers, just say "Im sorry until you pay inot pot, I cant make you one, new rules" smile sweetie

CMOTdibbler Thu 06-Aug-09 21:14:27

It is confusing - I get around a lot of hospitals in my job, and I know that a lot get milk/tea/coffee provided, some do a kitty, some rotate provision etc etc.

So just tell the doctors - 'just to let you know, we pay for the coffee etc ourselves, and so could we ask you for [reasonable sum] to cover your drinks today/this week'. That way they know where they stand, and if they say no, you can justifiably not bring them drinks

cheshirekitty Thu 06-Aug-09 21:21:38

They do know we buy all of our tea/coffee, as we get told "oh, I will give you some money", but we never see it.

Annoys me as we have some single parents who have to look after every penny (well, we all do) on the nursing staff who are on low wages. Consultants on the other hand cannot be called 'low paid'.

CMOTdibbler Thu 06-Aug-09 21:27:19

In that case, decide on a charge (based on number of clinics per week) do a list of them all, and then tell them that you will have to charge x per week/month, and how many weeks would they like to pay for now ? Give them one weeks notice, then get hardcore on no money=no drinks

cass66 Thu 06-Aug-09 21:30:59

To be perfectly honest, having been there, doctors often think that the hospital pays for the tea/coffee. Also as I'm sure you're aware, junior doctors rotate frequently, and diff clinics have diff systems, so they probably don't know what to do. I agree they should ask. The consultants prob aren't aware that you pay for it.

Just tell them. Cass.

MrsBadger Thu 06-Aug-09 21:34:09

we saw a marked change of coffee culture about a week after Starbucks opened downstairs

somehow 50p a week for the kitty and a cup of Nescafe looked like good value vs £2.30 a day for a latte

AngelaCarleen Thu 06-Aug-09 21:39:28

We have new dr's at work this week, perfect time to remind everyone that they have to contribute.

YANBU, flippin dr's taking the mick!


cheshirekitty Fri 07-Aug-09 19:04:23

Right, I have put up a polite notice today (on the docs notice board) inviting people to join the coffee club. Have stated we are now charging 20p for a cup of tea/coffee.

Hoping to catch the new docs and 'train' them in coffee etiquette.

LittleSilver Fri 07-Aug-09 19:34:55


Why are you making them tea/coffee? You are a professional in your own right, not their handmaiden; don't encourage them.

cheshirekitty Fri 07-Aug-09 19:41:32

LittleSilver, they make their own tea/coffee, but use ours and do not pay for it.

LittleSilver Fri 07-Aug-09 19:54:14

Then YANB at all U!

cheshirekitty Fri 07-Aug-09 20:01:41

Although would it be unreasonable to make them coffee/tea with loads of laxatives in, if they didn't pay their 20p?????

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