Post # 1
I brought homemade chili to heat up in one of the two microwaves at my office. Both are in use. There is one person standing waiting for their food to be warmed up. The second person is nowhere in sight. Their microwave is done heating up their food, so it’s just taking up space.
Our floor is pretty big, so the chances I know the person who is taking up valuable lunch time real estate is slim. I’m hungry and want to eat my lunch. What would you do in this situation?
Post # 3
@mgol25: I would move their food to the counter and heat up my own. There is someone in my office who always puts their food in to heat it up, goes back to her desk, forgets the food was in there and goes to get it 15-20 minutes later.
We only have 1 microwave so no one tolerates that and always moves her plate out of the microwave.
Post # 4
@mgol25: Definitely remove the lunch and heat up my own 🙂
If I were the microwave abandoner, I’d expect/hope someone would do that, or I’d be terribly embarassed to have taken up the space longer than necessary.
Post # 5
I’d wait a minute or two and then remove it. Sometimes I run to the bathroom while it’s cooking and I’d be a tiny bit annoyed if I was 30 seconds late and they moved my food. But I’m weird about other people touching my edibles, lol.
Post # 6
Take it out! If they come back in while you’re using it:
“If it wasn’t warm I’ll be done in a minute, but I was starving!” (With the implied “and your rude ass left your food in there so I took it out.”
ETA – the 50 or so of us share 2 microwaves and there can be a long line at 12;05. We have no patience for abandoned food, so removing it is not rude. I will look around for a couple seconds for the owner of an open plate of food – but if you don’t come remove your tupperware or frozen dinner immediately, I will. My lunch hour is too precious to spend waiting for you to retrieve your leftover pizza.
Post # 7
Wait for other microwave. Would be different if there was only one.
Post # 8
We always remove each other’s lunches from the microwave, it’s not seen as rude at all in my group.
Post # 9
I usually give them a minute to show up, but after that, they’ll have to deal with someone else handling their food since they left it unattended in a public space.
Post # 10
@mgol25: I’m in a small office, so I just ask the person if I can take theirs out. But, if they aren’t around or when I worked in a bigger office, if they didn’t come back within 5 minutes I would remove it and heat my own up.
Post # 11
@AB Bride: Same. Our microwave is painfully slow and crappy that it takes so long to heat up your food you forget it’s there. It just gets taken out and picked up and eventually reheated again. No one finds it rude.
Post # 12
Take that shiz out and heat up your lunch.
Post # 13
@mgol25: It would take, what, 2 minutes max for the other person who’s standing with you to finish heating his food…. I’d just wait for the other MW to open up.
Post # 14
I’d take it out. I’m a fairly passive person, but not passive enough to stand by a microwave for who knows how long.
Post # 16
Another pet peeve of mine relating to this is when a microwave opens up and the person at the front of the line is too busy yelling/chatting to someone across the room that they can’t be bothered to put their food in ASAP. I want to be like: “PUT YOUR F&$KING FOOD IN THE MICROWAVE!”… but I don’t say anything lol.