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I hate work potlucks

Discussion in 'Topical Discussions (In Depth)' started by Stop Making Cents, Jun 20, 2014.



  1. Stop Making Cents

    Stop Making Cents Seeker Seeker

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    I hate the forced socialization.

    I hate how they're "optional" but if you dont go you get ostracized and your career suffers.

    I hate spending more money on these than i could spend on 2-3 meals.

    I hate how people spend all morning preparing for the potluck and all afternoon cleaning up so other people have to cover their work and phone duties.

    I hate how the bigshots dont bring any food and act like they're doing you a favor to show up.

    I hate how im expected to make a special trip to the store and spend my night at home preparing food.

    I hate how the same people keep pressuring the office to have potlucks every month.

    I hate how i find black hairs in the middle of somebody's casserole.

    I hate the drama.

    I hate getting behind on my work because of 2 hour potlucks.

    I hate whoever invented them.

    I hate coworkers that inflict this misery on their coworkers without thinking that other people might not actually get as excited about these things as they do.

    I hate hotshot managers that think potlucks are morale boosters.

    Potlucks suck!
     
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    Tell us how you really feel about pot lucks...!
     
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    Just say "No".
    I don't even understand potlucks. If 12 people each bring enough food for 12 people - you can feed 144. Why not just swap lunches?
     
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    Get a rice cooker. Throw in enough brown rice to fill it halfway and cook. (Make sure you can at least cook the damn rice before you try the rest of this.) Towards the last five minutes mix in lots of chopped fresh spinach, some garlic, a big handful of raw sunflower seeds, and as many chopped mushrooms as you can get in there. An onion, chili peppers, and your favorite spices might be good too. Use some turmeric to make it yellow and exotic looking.

    Finish cooking, grab the whole thing and go to the party. No will have any idea what it is, but they'll think you're a genius. Also take a sixpack of Samuel Adams and drink at least half of it. Hit on the unattached females and have a good time!
     
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    Dude, these are WORK potlucks with no hot chicks and no alcohol. They could serve filet mignon and it would still blow massive chunks.
     
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    Sounds like you're doing it right, then. Work is supposed to suck.
     
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    Sounds like a lame place to work to me. Mind if I ask what kind of work this place is about?
     
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    I made a "critter" chili; every bite was eaten. THEN someone asked me for the recipe. It started with "first, you have to go out and shoot...". Everyone just assumed it was beef. I haven't been asked to do another pot lock since.
     
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    Sounds like my workplace...are you in the military working in a clinic.

    BTW potlucks SUCK...thats why I dont bring anything and dont even show up. Who cares what they think....I'd rather buy my own lunch or bring my own.

    Want to cover your ass? Show up, leave and say you have work to do and dont bring anything. Tell them you didnt have time and make up some lame but perfectly viable excuse
     
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    They are bs, I agree. My usual way to handle it is stop at wally world and buy the cheapest tub of premade cole slaw or potato salad. Minimum effort and they can't say I didn't participate. Don't eat their crap, either, just in case they are mad at co-workers.
     
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    I spent about 18 months in a unit run by a low grade moron light colonel that loved this type of manufactured bonding. The whole secret Santa thing, holiday parties, promotional parties, retirement parties ...nothing like being forced to spend extra time and money on people you don't even want to be around in the first place. I actually remember buying a bag of army men (secret santa) at the dollar store for some idiot 0-3 up in S-2. The sad part is I know he went home and played with them over the holidays.

    This colonel drove a red corvette with the license plate IRAQ VET ...that alone should tell you how much I wanted to beat this man to death with a pillow case full of oranges.
     
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    Agree with OP. He nailed many of the same thoughts I had about it. We don't do them at work very often anymore, but I would get annoyed with the ass kissers that would send out a department wide email (and making sure to copy the managers so they could see the brilliance in it). While I enjoy the food as much as anyone else, I don't care to interact with my co-workers anymore than I already have to on a day-to-day basis. A lot of them I don't even like so why should I be forced to exchange pleasantries with them or forced to spend a lot of time and money to participate?
     
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    When I was a bachelor, I welcomed the pot lucks. I had co-workers that could make the best hot dishes and salads. We usually had pot lucks before holidays and other events (retirements, etc.).

    It probably depends on who your co-workers are. If they like to cook, etc. you may end up with good food.
     
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    I agree with Mr. Paradise, the Army is the worst. Mandatory fun. I hated spending 30 days at a time, 24 x 7 with the same joes in the field training, no family contact at all, eating MREs and drinking treated water, then forced to spend Saturday afternoon with the exact same people at a "company picnic" on my first weekend off. The last thing I wanted to do was spend time with those guys, I wanted to spend time with my family. Esp. because we were normally redistricted to a "call back" time of 45 minutes due to rapid deployment requirements. Then in the "working world" they want to force you to socialize with the exact same people you spend 8 hrs. a day with, 5 days a week. Potlucks are just part of it.
     
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    Sound like too much work.
     
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    THAT^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ is just awesome :bear_thumb:
     
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    Just put some of your on black hairs in your next few dishes. They'll quit inviting you.
     
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    Workplace potlucks are the reason they invented powerful laxatives. :cool:
     
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    We had three picnics every summer. It was just for the brass to mingle. We enlisted sat on picnic tables and made small talk. Now if the enlisted could have brought coolers, drank beer and played cards, it would have gone over better. Regardless, we were forced to have "fun".
     
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    QWAK,samwiii,:thumbs_up::cheerful::23_28_100s: Do it with day old road kill!:hahaha::yes::4_1_72::puke:

    the DUCK :15_1_70v:
     
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    I stirred the salad dressing with my dick at the last pot luck.
     
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    Now that right there is funny. So is the "critter" chili technique. I always avoided Pot Lucks when I was working. I worked at several different locations so, with prior warning, could just be at another location that day. The next day or so I would invariably hear "Too bad you missed the pot luck"....yeah I'm just unlucky that way. :rolleyes: Pot Lucks do suck.
     
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    Yeah well dont even remind me of "mandatory fun". The Army clinic I work in barely has any funds to cover for their mandatory fun organizational day so we have to do these stupid fund raisers and activities to squeeze money out of us. So this event is essentially funded by all of us.

    Guess what Im doing...absolutely nothing. Im tired of giving my money and having to spend my afternoon with people I dont even like. My close co-workers being the exception
     

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