Weird Things Found in the Office Fridge
The office fridge can be a haven for disgusting, and oft expired, food products. With those repulsive foods, some rather unusual items can find their way into an office fridge as well. This has been my experience anyway, and the experience of some friends I surveyed.
Here is a list of ten of the more bizarre items to find themselves in an office refrigerator:
It’s not completely irregular to place flowers in a fridge; I remember doing so before I went out for my senior prom. The accounting firm that my friend works at, however, has an unsurprising lack of teenagers. Although the way my accountant handles my finances, sometimes you would think he was a teenager.
I’m fully aware that many employers subject their employees to drug tests, particularly upon hiring. However, don’t most employers have the good sense to let a professional service to conduct the tests for them? I don’t know about you, but when I’m reaching a Coke from the fridge, I don’t need a reminder of what I will be doing in an hour after drinking it.
I am by no means the most organized worker that I know of. I have an unfortunate tendency to have things scattered around. However, I’m not as bad as a co-worker of mine from many years ago, who misplaced his folder of tax forms next to some leftover flan from the Christmas party. I guess he didn’t know that “Tis the Season” was not in reference to tax season.
It’s unusual, but some people do refrigerate their cough syrup. However, it’s not usually done at the office. It’s even more unusual since no one at my brother’s work was sick that day. Clearly, someone was looking to get high on shift. Perhaps the employees at this office should take a urine test and then put it in the fridge.
Just because the fridge at your work may look like it was found in a dumpster doesn’t mean you have to treat it like one. Why else would anyone put a snow globe into a fridge without confusing it for an oversized garbage receptacle?
There certainly are occasions to refrigerate glasses in an office fridge. Perhaps you’re concocting drinks for an office party. But when I say glasses in this case, I mean the kind that you wear. Right now, I can’t possibly think of a valid reason to place lenses in a freezer. If you asked me that five years ago though, I must have had a reason: Unfortunately, I’m the culprit on this one.
There’s nary a fridge in corporate America that doesn’t contain a carton of yogurt or something similar that has long past it’s listed expiration date. What made the anecdote of my writer friend fascinating was that the yogurt she discovered in the office fridge expired in 2008, yet she was working in a building that had only been built that year, 2010. This yogurt managed to supersede the laws of the time-space continuum. And most likely the laws of the Environmental Protection Agency as well.
This is my personal favorite. A teacher friend of mine recently discovered a copy of the blockbuster Stephenie Meyer’s novel “New Moon” in the freezer of the teacher’s lounge. Apparently, another teacher had accidentally placed it and left it there. It’s entirely fitting if you ask me. I just wonder if the book got as frozen as the face of the actress who plays Bella in the movies.
These are the best responses I received to my inquiries. I’m sure there are even more bizarre items occupying the fridges of employee break rooms everywhere.