What your colleagues consider delicacies could be repulsive to you. And what you enjoy eating most can gross them out too. Still, the question remains: what is the weirdest thing you’ve witnessed your coworkers eat at work?
I spoke to a number of friends and former colleagues. I also searched the Internet to find some of the stranger examples. Here’s what turned up:
1. The salt on ice colleague
Ever worked with someone who loved eating ice? Apparently this is a thing. What about someone who loved eating ice that was covered in salt? One of my friends has a coworker who houses “at least three” ice-cube trays of this concoction every day.
2. The ants-on-a-log mother
You know ants on a log. Celery sticks filled with peanut butter, and raisins are then placed on top of the peanut butter. It’s not the strangest snack by any means. But it might not be something you’d expect your 50-year-old coworker to bring in en masse on a weekly basis.
3. The cottage cheese champion
Cottage cheese disgusts me. I get that people like it, but I never knew anyone liked it this much.Suffice it to say there is a guy out there who brings a tub of cottage cheese to work every Monday morning. He proceeds to eat the entire tub straight out of the container over the course of the week. Rinse and repeat.
4. The BBQ spaghetti guy
You can put tomato sauce on your pasta. There’s vodka sauce, alfredo sauce, and pesto too. What would you do if you saw someone eating spaghetti covered in barbecue sauce? Probably shake your head.
5. The day-old scallops microwave guy
Everyone knows you shouldn’t microwave fish. One guy knew that, but he didn’t know you couldn’t microwave scallops. Thing is, he doesn’t have the sense of smell. No one ever tells you not to microwave scallops.
6. The gal who ate red peppers like you’d eat an apple
Ever seen someone wolf down a red pepper the same way you’d chew on an apple? A lot of seed spitting took place during that snack session.
7. The meat sandwich guy
We all know there are people who prefer not to eat meat. But apparently there are people who like to eat only meat. One worker’s colleague took the phrase “meat sandwich” to the next level, with hamburger patties usurping the role traditionally played by bread.
8. The sandwich thief
Imagine sitting down to eat your lunch. You’ve got a delicious sandwich, and it’s cut evenly in half. You’re munching on the first half when all of a sudden your coworker sits down next to you, grabs the other half, and takes a bite before you can believe it. “It didn’t look like you were going to eat that half.”
9. The leftovers thief
Someone’s boss went out for Mexican food for dinner and brought her leftovers to work the next day: a quesadilla that was uneaten and one that was half finished, with bite marks in it. When lunchtime came, she grabbed her leftovers only to find that the half-eaten piece was gone. The uneaten quesadilla remained intact.
I know this list isn’t complete, so what are the weirdest things you’ve seen your coworkers eat?