Does this make me a bad person?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you know it’s stinky and fuming up the office, you are a jerk for eating at your desk.  Go to a different room – do you have a break/lunch room or kitchen?  There’s a difference between foods that smell and foods that stink.  I had a coworker who ate a bag of tuna for lunch every day, but he ate it quick and cold, you couldn’t smell it past his cube – fine.  Heating that stuff up and bringing it back in the office?  I will in no uncertain terms tell you do not do that.

Post # 4
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MichiganGirl24:  I do think this is really annoying and inconsiderate. I had a co worker who almost always brought fish for lunch and the entire wing would smell all day, enough to make me queasy. No one can make you, but it would be nice if you were more considerate of all the other people that have to work near you and smell your food. 

Can you close your door? Spray air freshener when you’ve finished eating?

Post # 5
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@MichiganGirl24:  It’s actually a hot issue in our office.  One girl doesn’t give a rat’s ass and is constantly heating up seafood in the microwave.  Another girl HATES seafood and goes off every single time. 

If I bring something even remotely stinky, I heat it up covered, keep it covered, eat it in my office, put the lid back on, and wash the tupperware pretty much right away. 

Post # 6
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I don’t mind the stinky foods but if you are right next to me, and there’s a break room or a cafeteria, then that’s just rude! those foods are not meant to be enjoyed at your desk especially if you have cubicals!

Post # 8
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah you’re kind of a jerk to be eating that kind of stuff at your desk. Take it to the lunch room.

Post # 9
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Why would you give any thought to anyone out side yourself?  I mean just because those people there have no way to escape your horrific smelling food ….. screw ’em.   Do what you want, by all means, don’t go outside to eat it… or plug in that nasty air freshener to muddle the wonderful smell of reheated cabbage. 

Post # 10
12870 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@almostmrsj:  +1

I dont bring in fish left overs for this reason.  I don’t want to be *that* person, and trust me, even if you don’t care, others do and you’re *that* person with the nasty smelling lunches.

Post # 11
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I do get offended by stinky foods. I am very sensitive to smells and start to gag around egg and fish smells, even if I try not to. I try to be understanding when it’s confined to our lunch room/lounge at school and only during lunch time, but sometimes people bring it into the computer lab or classrooms and it makes me feel pretty nauseated.



Post # 12
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Take it to the lunch room, unless you have an office to yourself…


Post # 15
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It really depends on what it is to me. Something that’s really going to linger and you know smells strongly/bad/fishy…kind of rude. On the other hand I know people who complain about the smell of an orange or a banana or coffee…that to me gets a little more difficult to cater to.

I always try to bring in cold lunches to work and nothing that smells too much if it’s hot. I have brought in fruit/coffee/tea that has a slight scent to it…but no one complains. If they mention the smell I ask if it bothers them.

I share an office with one other woman and have nowhere else but my desk to eat my lunch unless I leave the building. We usually complain more that the smell of someone elses food just makes us hungry! The worst we’ve had here in the office next door smelling like onions for an afternoon.

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