So, I was very bad and breached etiquette this afternoon - or at the very least didn't handle something the best possible way.
b/g It's been a shocking few weeks (or months really) at work with long hours and lots of pressure.
Today I took time out to have lunch with friends but had to be back by 1pm for a meeting (which was scheduled after
I'd arranged the lunch with friends). As it happens the restaurant, which usually has really quick service, was very busy so the food took a while. They weren't expecting a busy day as I'd asked when I got there - early, because of the meeting.
By the time I had to leave, I hadn't finished my lunch so I got it packaged up to take-away (which is allowed here and perfectly acceptable, I know it's frowned upon in some places). When I got back to work I put it in the lunchroom fridge and went straight to the meeting.
Essentially the afternoon went from one meeting to another, with lots of things in between, no time for coffee or even a glass of water until finally I was able to leave at nearly 6pm. Looking forward to a glass of wine and my lunch leftovers for dinner.
Well, you already know what happens next - the title is a dead giveaway! Sure enough, my food had been thrown out. There was a notice on the fridge saying it was to be cleared out by 4pm that day, and asks that people label everything in the fridge or else it will be thrown out. Of course the notice wasn't there just before 1pm when I put food in, and in my frantic afternoon I never visited the lunchroom so didn't have an opportunity to see it.
I saw red
And I wrote a few comments on the fridge sign
Now I feel bad because I know the people that work there are not mean spirited and wouldn't intentionally try to upset people, but certainly I think it was bad planning and just thoughtless. My comments weren't abusive, no swear words or anything like that but they certainly express my unhappiness.
So my dilemma, do I remove the fridge notice with my cranky comments, or leave it? If I remove it, other people who have had their food thrown away won't know what's happened. But if I leave it, I might upset someone who was probably well intentioned (if a little thoughtless IMHO).