Post # 1
Yep, he uses the communal dishes, then rinses them in the sink with lukewarm water, dries it and puts it back.
I’ve seen him do it with mugs, plates and forks. No soap, just water.
I’m really grossed out by this.
What would you do?
(I have my own mug, and I’m always here before him so I know he doesn’t use my mug but I’m also concerned for the health of the rest of the office)
We have a dishwasher, it’s not like he actually has to handwash things, he actually refuses to use it – I’ve suggested ‘oh don’t worry about that, just stick it in the dishwasher’ he won’t.
Post # 3
I would continue to use your own stuff and maybe talk to management? That is super gross though.
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: EWWWW! I’m not sure what would be the most tactful thing to do (probably talk to whoever is in charge of the kitchen?), but that is just disgusting.
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: yea, regardless of whether or not you’re using your own stuff (good idea), I would talk to someone in charge privately about this. It is completely unacceptable behavior on his part, not to mention disgusting and risking the health of other coworkers.
Post # 6
@MsGinkgo: is there anyway that you (or management) can put up an appropriately worded sign near the dishes/dishwasher that explains that all dishes need to be run through the dishwasher before being put back? You don’t want to point fingers, that doesn’t make anyone feel good– but if everyone was just expected to do the same thing…..it makes it easier.
Post # 7
We had an issue with people leaving stuff in the sink (food, old dishes, etc.) and a nicely worded sign seemed to do the trick!
Post # 8
@MissMarple: @Lana_Rose: it’s a teeny office, he’s not a full time employee and there are only 7 of us here daily. I mentioned it to the office manager. We usually try and keep an eye on things he’s used and put them in the dishwasher if we can, but short of stalking him…
Post # 9
We have the same guy at our office!! And it is disgusting. I have my own mug, cup and silverware, but if I need to use a communal dish I always wash it before I use it. Super annoying though, because you never know what he has touched! Seriously, how hard is it to stick something in the dishwasher?
Post # 10
gross. I’m sure my coworkers do the same thing even with the dishwasher because some of the dishes I’ve seen in the cabinet look disgusting. I use my own stuff too.
I’m not sure what I’d do if I saw the culprit….probably say something snide-ish. Like, I’m sure you don’t mine, but do you think anyone wants to drink off a mug you’ve used without washing it? I don’t know if I’d tell though…I still have a no snitching mentality, I grew up with siblings lol it’s not healthy and doesn’t belong in the workplace I know…but I can’t help it!
Post # 11
That is so gross. What about splurging a few bucks on distinctive flatware/plate/bowl from the dollar store and leave it on his desk. Then say something like ….. I know your not the only one that doesn’t use soap after they use their silverware, and it’s flu season I was worried about who else’s spit your injesting with your food.
then i’d go to HR or your supervisor.
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: I would hope the office manager would talk to him about it!
Post # 13
Maybe your manager can talk to him privately or tell him to get his damn ass some own dishes, that’s just gross. 🙁
Post # 14
Super gross. I never use communal dishes at work because you just never know! Plastic cutlery for me.
Post # 15
That is disgusting. I would use your own stuff.
Post # 16
Ewwww! This is the reason why I always wash the dishes at work before i use them and have my own cup! I would tell management