Post # 1
I eat stinky foods at work.
I’ve been hearing all of this talk lately about how eating stinky foods at work is a no-no because not everyone wants to smell what you’re eating.
It’s food, people! It’s not like I’m plugging in this nasty air freshener for all to smell!
And a lot of times I just bring leftovers from dinner the night before. I’m eating left-over pork chop with cabbage and bacon in a creamy sauce over some noodles. It’s so delicious and I don’t care that it’s stinking up my office and lingering out into the hallway! I also bring tuna from time to time!
How offended are you by coworkers’ stinky lunches?
ETA: I should have clarified about my office situation: I have my own office where I eat my lunch. It’s basically in a hallway of other offices. I do close my door when I bring something smelly and try to heat it up only halfway so it doesn’t bring out the smell even more.
Post # 3
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
@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
@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
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 # 7
It’s definitely not an everyday thing for me, maybe once every couple of weeks.
And I don’t share an office. My office is in a suite. But I did make a point to eat it quickly and only luke warm so that it wouldn’t be terrible smelling, and I shut my door. No airfreshener though.
I’m not completely inconsiderate, but sometimes I can’t help it.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
Take it to the lunch room, unless you have an office to yourself…
Post # 13
@pinkshoes: I never bring in fish leftovers. But I will bring in tuna salad, which is usually coverd in so much mayo and mustard you can’t really smell it.
I take precautions to try to limit the smells, but I’m sure that doesn’t keep it 100% contained.
Post # 14
@MichiganGirl24: you can help it, don’t bring it in to work.
Post # 15
- 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.
Post # 16
@weddingbee098: I have my own office so I eat there. I shut the door, but I’m sure the smell escapes when I open the door back up