One of the first emails I saw on Tuesday morning was from our department secretary with a warning about the kitchenette on our floor. I wish I had saved it, but it was something like:
This falls under the “Don’t shoot the messenger” category:
Facilities is threatening to take away our refrigerator and microwave if we don’t start keeping them clean. They say they’ve never seen such a piggy group and there’s only one other floor worse than ours…
I’ve seen the refrigerator. People put things in there never to be claimed again. People use it to store party trays of composting food before and after events…from like 3 months ago. People eat from the biggest darn lunch containers I’ve ever seen and keep piling them in, never finding the spills or messes they create because there are too many layers to dig through to find the bottom.
I caught a bit of Ghostbusters over the weekend and the refrigerator scene where Sigourney Weaver sees the temple and flames reminds me a lot of our office fridge.
We have a lot of people crammed onto our floor using one standard size refrigerator (probably 75 employees, maybe closer to 100), but puhlease! Can’t we act like civilized humans?
And, yes, on Tuesday after the long weekend it had been cleaned by our poor facilities staff and the shelves were bare. I easily slid my (small) container of homemade soup in there. By yesterday it was packed again. I brought soup in for a second day in a row and had to rearrange a bunch of items to find a spot to squeeze my (reasonably sized) container into. Today I’m buying. It’s just easier.