questionsdoes it bother you when people "inspect" what you…

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I think your coworkers are just creepers. Don't know that I've ever had that happen.

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I haven't really had the first problem yet, but I'm a vegan and people constantly make fun of me for what I eat, and what I don't eat.

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Ugh, I hate it when people do that. I understand some people may just be making small talk, but it gets old quite fast.

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I hate it too. And yes I do work with a couple of creepers. Just Friday I was heating up some left-over bar pizza from the night before. A lady at work (barely know her) was also heating something up and had to ask me everything about my pizza, and then why I was out at a bar on a Thursday night before work. I told her "because I work with people like you." She she just laughed it off, but I really wasn't joking.

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I'd only make a comment if it was something especially smelly like fish. Nobody should be allowed to microwave fish in the office!

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I'd wait until they're eating something, then do it back to them, but in an extremely sarcastic nature. They'll get the hint. If this didn't work after a time or two, I'd just be blunt (but confrontational) about it.

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HUGE pet peeve, it's like having someone read over your shoulder and check your girlfriend out at the same time.

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My coworkers inspect and pester about every meal everyone brings in & offer their opinions on various ingredients... If it's something they don't like ( which could be anything, as it changes daily ) they make a ton of comments about how it smells terrible and is stinking up the office.

They order garlic pizza & garlic knots & it's fine, if someone else gets something that has just a hint of garlic, its smelling up the office.

I'm probably in the wrong though... I've gotten tired enough of their commentary & saying that pretty much everything I bring in smells bad that I have intentionally brought in some of the most strongly smelling foods I could think of, just to get on their nerves.

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I had a coworker would stand up to go do something, notice I was eating and say "Mmm, that looks good" I kid you not, this happened every day. The best part was when he asked what it was AFTER saying it looked good. It drove me CRAZY!

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This reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes strips where Suzy would ask Calvin some question about his food and he would make up some gross ingredients just too freak her out.

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Doesn't bother me at all. Just small talk. People feel the need to be social in the break room, and one can only make so many comments about the weather. It's hot or (briefly) it's cold. Not much to talk about there. That leaves asking about stuff like their weekend or their family (which could be construed as prying), commenting on their outfit (which could be construed as rude or even sexual harassment), or the most obvious and safest topic, chatting about what you or they are eating. Now, being insulting about what someone is eating is just rude, but asking about it or making a positive comment seems natural to me in that awkward pursuit of being friendly with people you don't know well and have little in common with.

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@cengland0: Also kimchi. More smelly than fish. And people should be required to take a test before they microwave popcorn to ensure that they know how long to put it in for and not burn it. Smelly food in cubeville is no one's friend.

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I like to heat up curry at work. If people don't like it they can suck it.

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@eraten: Thats my new favorite quote "Because I work with people like you"

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The next person that makes an obvious comment, lean over, sniff them and say "Smells like you had BO and cigarettes for breakfast". Pretty sure that person will leave you alone after that. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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@gt0163c: We were having sewer problems in our building and contractors were out for like two weeks straight tearing out the lines and repairing them one time. The smell was horrendous but after the two weeks the contractors gave the "all clear" and the stench went away and everything was copacetic. Then, about a week or so afterward the stench came back, the duty officer assumed the lines had ruptured or something, went ballistic and called in the contractors in the middle of the night, on the weekend, and gave them what for. They inspected the lines, everything was totally fine and we later learned that my buddy thought it'd be a good idea to bring kimchi in, eat it for his dinner and then not tell anyone about it until much later. Needless to say, he was banned from eating that in the building forevermore after.

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@fenriq: And then hope you don't ever have to depend on them for anything or that they never get promoted above you. I don't know what kind of workplaces you guys have, but that kind of rudeness would make you a pariah where I work.

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Doesn't bother me. People in my department check out each other's food and share recipes and sometimes we bring extra food just so people can try it out.

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I usually only say something to others when what ever they eat smells up the office. One guy gets Jack in the box and brings it in. Makes the whole office smell like greasy curly fries.. mmmm, Makes it hard on me since i'm trying to eat healthier.

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I guess it depends on who they are? I've brought lunches to work and had some people that I was somewhat friendly with come by to "check out what I had" and I would do the same to them. Sometimes we would offer each other samples of our lunches, even. One lady baked me a birthday cake because I had been going on and on about how tasty the slice I once got a bite of was. Keep in mind that these were people I knew and talked to often. I didn't just pop up behind them when they were digging into their chicken salad and start breathing all over it.

If it's just some random dude that you don't even really know, maybe they're just trying to break the ice? I don't know. It's rude either way, but I like to at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Everything I eat is scrutinized at work. A few yrs ago I lost over 60 lbs partly through a wellness program at work. I sort of became the face of the program and everyone knows my story. So when I go to the cafeteria and order something like fries, there is a scandal. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration but there is a comment or two (or seven). I don't mind because it helps me stay on track and I knew what I was getting into at the beginning. But it is kind of annoying from time to time.

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I look at them and say "And you're concerned because.....?". Of course, I've known most of my co-workers for years so it's not that big of a deal.

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Ew, microwaved eggs?