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My colleague has thrown my lunch in the bin

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DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:30:42

What is the correct etiquette please?

You need not quote directly from Debretts.


If I weren't in the queue for the soggy salmonella sarnies left in Tescos- I'd write a longer OP. angry

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DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:31:51

she thinks the fridge belongs to her- exclusively. That would be the communal work fridge.

covertblackberry Wed 04-May-16 14:32:49

I've just binned some wrinkly apples from our fridge at work, they weren't yours were they OP?

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:32:51

I will add- this colleague opens up the premises and just before she does this (regularly when she should be on the site already) shops in the supermarket every morning and then loads all of her shopping in the BLOODY communal work fridge. Stupid raw chicken on every shelf.

I can put up with this but I dared put my lunch in the fridge (everyone else is too scared) and SOMEONE- I suspect her has turfed it in the bin!

cjt110 Wed 04-May-16 14:32:58

Was it off? Did she mistake it for hers? More detail needed....

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Wed 04-May-16 14:33:04

I can only assume that said colleague is taking you for lunch at the expensive place of your choosing...
I am not sure if this is before or after you break their nose?
I guess after?

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:33:35

No Covert. Bin those wrinkly sods!(if they are yours)

gamerchick Wed 04-May-16 14:35:57

I hope you've pulled her or at least clagged a dripping passive aggressive note to the front.

Personally I would turn the fridge off every time i passed it just to irritate her.

steppemum Wed 04-May-16 14:37:28

etiquette - go to her and say, politely, that she appears to have thrown your lunch in the bin, and you had to buy replacement at cost of xxx, and could she please refund you by close of day.

Make a lovely passive aggressive notice for fridge door:

This fridge is for the use of ALL staff.
As it is used for lunches, the shelves should not also be used for raw meat, and this is a health and hygiene issue.
Please do not throw away anything in the fridge that isn't yours.

KurriKurri Wed 04-May-16 14:38:19

I think the correct etiquette is that you bin all her shopping, leaving the fridge empty.
When she asks where her shopping is deny all knowledge.

I'd also make a large sign saying "Communal fridge' and stick it to the front of said fridge.

ABCAlwaysBeCunting Wed 04-May-16 14:39:20

Rub the raw chicken over all her shopping, then bin it.

Wash your hands carefully afterwards.

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:40:56

OH my god. I'm going to turn the fridge off. She does it daily- except for when she knows the boss will be in. Ive taken photos.

The fridge has a fluffing' photo diary- how sad am I? (I know the answer to this) grin

WindPowerRanger Wed 04-May-16 14:41:32

Leave her shopping where it is. Just unplug the fridge and leave it slightly ajar.

The thing is, it has had raw meat in it, for some strange reason, so it needs to be completely cleaned out with all the shelves and cabinets washed. Today. So everyone can start using it.

Arfarfanarf Wed 04-May-16 14:42:20

I would ask her if she threw it away and get very cross if she said yes.

If she says no, (and you are as sure as sure can be that actually it IS her) take one item of hers and shove it in the bin. When she goes bonkers about it, say you too? someone threw my lunch away today. Must be the same person. We should remind everyone that that should never be done and that it's a communal fridge. Otherwise items are going to continue to be thrown away <penetrating, yet innocent stare>

I would then get a massive sign and write, as suggested upthread, communal fridge. Do not throw other people's food away.

I'd also write or ask manager to write an email to all staff reminding them of this.

Pogmella Wed 04-May-16 14:43:10

Tell her the boss wants their sushi, where is it?

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 04-May-16 14:43:50

"To whomever threw my lunch away, you owe me £xx. And don't fucking throw my lunch away again. please."

and THEN turn the fridge off smile

Tate15 Wed 04-May-16 14:43:52

Superglue fridge door shut and buy a cool bag for your own personal use.

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:43:54

I made a notice for the sign - it was ripped off (nobody knows by whom)
I told her I needed to store my meds in there a few weeks ago- she said there might be room next to her eggs. (who fridges eggs FFS? she does, that's who)

I want to make a big raw food fucking face on the kitchen table with chicken Kiev eyes and a courgette cock.

But I won't. I'm mature like that.

I'm going all out PA and turning to off at the plug.

covertblackberry Wed 04-May-16 14:44:28

Ok phew!

I'd have to confront her, this would annoy me greatly. I regularly bin colleagues food from the fridge but it's normally at least a month out of date and furry when I do this.

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:44:41

Pogmella that made me laugh. Well done. I thought no wo/man was up to that challenge today.

NicknameUsed Wed 04-May-16 14:44:43

Great ideas Arf

SuffolkNWhat Wed 04-May-16 14:45:59

No the best thing to do is to take the fuse out of the plug so it still looks like it is switched on but is in fact off

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Wed 04-May-16 14:46:20

I do think it is OK with shared fridges to throw stuff out occasionally - I share with just one person at work and he can leave bags of shite in there.

Say Friday, late afternoon it would be permissible, necessary even, to throw away manky apples, lost lettuce etc. Otherwise the fridge will quickly turn into "lost/forgotten food soup" - and not in a good way grin

DidYouBINmysushiyouTWAT Wed 04-May-16 14:46:42

WindPowerranger It has raw meat in it every day. I know what this woman and her family eat DAILY!

I may set up an Instagram. Just for the fridge.

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