So, by now I’ve completely broken the rule I made to not talk about people I work with, but who cares.
Previously, I told a fun story about a co-worker’s plight with the new vending machine at the office, and then I talked about a number of co-worker’s always pointing out my healthy eating habits like I reinvented the wheel.
I couldn’t help it this time.
Before I tell this story, let me be clear that the only reason I’m going to pick on this person is because she is not just big, but I happen to know that she confides in multiple people around the office to talk about her efforts to lose weight and exercise. So, when I see her fail utterly horribly at it on a regular basis, all the while being upset with herself because she supposedly “has been so good lately”, I just have no sympathy. You’ll understand why in a minute.
My office sees a lot of bad foods appear out of nowhere. Whether it’s people that don’t want to suck down an entire tin of assorted cookies that was gifted to them, so they bring them into the break room for everyone to share, or a vendor brings in several dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to show their appreciation or to try and get our business, there’s a lot of junk around.
The other day was a big day.
One vendor brought in 6 dozen donuts, so we put some into each of the two break rooms in the office. ANOTHER vendor (that usually brings donuts) brought in an assortment of muffins and danishes, and a platter of vegetables with ranch dressing dip. Do you see where I’m going with this?
I happened to walk into break room #2, and I see our lady picking out a donut. Normally I wouldn’t think anything of it, because I got one myself. But, she says this to me:
I was planning on being good today!”
Perhaps, in a moment of perplexity, I told a co-worker what she had said to me in hopes of maybe getting a better idea of how one would respond to a comment like that. When I posed this question, I was told that she had seen that same woman doing and saying the exact same thing in break room #1 only a few minutes prior! She was grabbing donuts and making excuses to anyone who would listen in both break rooms! I’m still not sure how to respond to her comment.
What would you say to that?? Let’s brainstorm:
- “I’m sorry?”
- “Well, then, why aren’t you?”
- “Is there something I can do to help?”
- “Do you want me to hide the donuts?”
- “Save me some?”
No. You can’t say any of these. There is no response to that, unless you want to be chastised. Even if you were trying to help.
Moving forward… As the morning pokes along, I find out that she pops in to get another donut and/or donut and muffin 2 or 3 more times before lunchtime.
Then, the quote of the day comes along. A co-worker and I were standing around talking for a bit at about 12:30pm, at the proverbial “water cooler”, if you will. The woman of topic then appears and heads on a path to walk by us, clearly having just left the break room, as she is holding in each hand two packs of two muffins (8 muffins total). FYI, these aren’t wheat bran muffins. These are chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip muffins.
Upon appearing, she sees us and is giggling with a huge smile on her face. We continue to talk. She gets closer and is giggling louder, and interrupts us by saying this:
I don’t think I’ve had any real food today!! Tee hee!”
The feeling of helplessness with not knowing what to say to this throws the previous quote out of the window.