There is a lady at work who is going out on maternity leave this Friday and the whole office if getting together and having a potluck lunch for her. The very though of it makes me shudder. I’ve always been wary of food that may have been prepared under questionable circumstances. I eat out in restaurants all the time and it doesn’t bother me, but I think about the 50 people in our department; the way some of them dress/appear makes me want to hit the Taco Bell drive thru on Friday.
I think it all started when I was involved in a potluck many years ago. There was a lady in our department who was smelly. One day we had a potluck and she was in our break-room loading up her plate. After she did that, she sat down at the SAME table where all the food was. She was gobbling down the food and crumbs were dropping from her mouth all over the table. I quickly suggested that she move to a more comfortable area, but the psychological damage had already been done.
Is there anyone else who hates work pot-lucks? I hate to be an outsider, so I always sign up to bring something like paper plates or something, but I never participate.