Post # 1
Ok, so I understand people bring treats into the office and will go around offering them. Totally fine and dandy.
However, I feel I should only have to say “no thank you” once per day per person.
My coworker has come into my office THREE TIMES already today to try and give me milano cookies. It’s only 1pm the first offer came at 9:30 this morning.
I politely said no and she asked my 5 times “are you sure?”. Then finished with “well they’ll be on my desk if you want them.”
She’s done the same 2 more times since then.
I really don’t know how to keep saying “no” politely.
Also, it’s not even like a baked good where I will usually be polite and take a small piece. I don’t even really LIKE milano cookies. I would take one if I knew it would placate her, but all that will happen if I take one is she’ll be sure to come back again to offer me another.
Ok.. vent over. I have a hard enough time eating healthy without people pushing cookies on me every hour.
Post # 3
I JUST had this happen to me 2 seconds ago.
My co-worker brought biryani in and kept offering it to me. I was like “no thank you” over and over. Finally I literally covered my face like a child and said “NOoOoOoo! PLEASE NO! I’M TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT.”
Post # 4
I always make a joke. “Trying to fit into a wedding dress here! Ask me if I want a cookie one more time and I will blame you for being fat on my wedding day!” Co-workers will usually laugh it off and they get the hint.
Post # 5
Ugh I would definitely be annoyed! Why doesn’t she get the picture? It seems like offers like that come up even more when I’m trying to eat healthier too!
The lady who sits by me always finds out right away when someone brings some kind of snack/treat into the break room. She’ll go get herself some, tell me about it, tell me I should get some and if I haven’t gone and gotten any within 5 minutes she’ll get up and go get me some (without even asking me) and bring it to me lol.
Post # 6
Man, I’d kill for coworkers offering up cookies!
Actually I’d kill just for coworkers.
Post # 7
@tranquility: I just don’t get it! I appreciate the offer, but I don’t want the food. It’s not a personal affront, I’m not saying no but mean yes, I just don’t want it.
This co-worker will also stand my my office awkwardly after offering me said food rather than just moving on to the next person.
Post # 8
@smith2be: I’ve even tried THAT approach and I get the, “Oh you have so much time” or “you look great, don’t worry”.
I also recently injured my back so I’m using the “Gotta be more careful since I can’t exercise” etc.
She’s very active/athletic and in good shape so I’d think she’d understand that excuse.
Post # 9
It’s nice that they’d offer but then really annoying that they keep coming back! I work with a bunch of vultures so when food is brought in or left over after meetings it vanishes quickly! My coworkers are great people but attack food like they haven’t eaten in weeks!
Post # 10
@sparkle: I agree, it’s great that they offer but once per day is enough! Especially when you end your offer with, “Well if you change your mind, they are on my desk.”
Post # 11
Say no thank you, i don’t like milanos. maybe she’d stop offering those anyway lol. Put a sign on your door, that says please don’t feed the coworker! Maybe she’ll take the hint! 🙂
Post # 12
Hahahaha I love the Don’t Feed the Co-worker sign! That would be awesome!!!
Post # 13
Can I have your share of Milanos? I lurve double chocolate milanos. 😀 K, thanks.
How does one share biryani at the office???
Post # 14
I can see this issue becoming the next big “office culture” issue that pops up. Although its really nice to share your food – there are so many people struggling with weight issues and diabetes and it’s hard to resist when people are forcing food on you. My coworker just made me eat half of her fries. Ugh.
Post # 15
@MissCallieJean: Hahaha I was just about to suggest a sign.
Only one of my coworkers does this, and in addition to trying to force random cookies or chocolates on me, he reeks of cigarette smoke (sits in his car on his smoke breaks because he doesn’t want to stand outside in the rain). So even if I wanted one of his offerings, the stench cloud he brings into my office makes me lose my appetite!
Post # 16
@MissCallieJean: Haha I want one of those signs! I’ve tried the “I really don’t like x” line too. And she still does they “Are you sure? You sure you don’t want one?”
@Gerbera: Of course you can have them! These are the strawberry kind though (hence why I don’t want them). If they were double chocolate I definitely would have given in to one by now.
@PrairieGirl: I am so glad she wasn’t pushing fries. I can almost never say no to fries.