Do any of you have this problem?
Yesterday, I proceeded to our lunch room to microwave my lunch, some Shake-N-Bake chicken breast patties and Rice-A-Roni left over from the night before.
Someone else had brought in their lunch as well. I don't know what it was, but whatever it was, it definitely had some kind of fish in it. And it was OLD fish at that. The entire kitchen reeked of it. When I opened the microwave door, the tupperware container that contained said fish was still in there. Whoever put it in had heated it but not yet come back to get it.
The smell that blasted out was so strong and pungent that I actually proceeded to vomit right there in the sink. It was THAT bad. After quickly washing it down the draoin, I ran out of there and went straight to the bathroom where I composed myself, and had to brush my teeth and rinse my mouth to get rid of the taste of vomit.
I went back to my coworkers and made a stink, so to speak about how whoever is actually going to eat that, needs to seriously consider changing their eating habits, or at least bring something a little less odorous to work. I explained the stench that was wafting through there. I took about 4 other people back there and they all agreed that the smell was rude and very foul. We all walked back to our desks with our noses wrinkled in disgust.
Holding my nose shut, I cleaned out the microwave oven with some Lysol wet wipes and sprayed a liberal amount of aerosol air freshener in the room. It still took over an hour for the smell to dissipate. Needless to say, by the time I finally did prepare my lunch, I was pretty hungry.
Not surprisingly, no one owned up to bringing in the offending foodstuff. I know if someone made as much of a ruckus about something I brought in as I did yesterday, I would keep quiet about it too. I do, however, have a pretty good idea of who it was:
There are three Filipina women working in our office and they are always bringing in their native dishes. I'd bet that one of them was responsible.
All of them seem to have some form of fish in them, and all of them have [at least to me] an odd smell. But none of them have ever smelled anywhere near as bad as whatever yesterdays was.
Have any of you ever experience something like this?
How have you handled it?
Where do you draw the line between allowing people to bring in their native dishes and something that is offensive and even repulsive to other people in the office?
This morning, I found an online cartoon depicting a couple of dead fish rotting on a pier, with flies surrounding them. I copied it and drew a big circle and slash through it, then taped it to the microwave door.