No thanks, just looking.

The place where I work supplies a small room that offers a few vending machines (snacks, pop, ice cream) and a small kitchenette type option.  Small counter, sink, 2 paper towel dispensers, and a bank of 12 microwaves to heat up whatever you can imagine.

Being an engineering company you should be able to make some basic assumptions that these are educated people working here.  Now I say that because in my mind formal education does NOT equate to ‘smarts.’  These are 2 prime examples of that.

Example #1

At any given time around lunch the small room is pretty full of people mulling around waiting for their leftovers to heat up for lunch.  Nothing tests Americans’ patience like waiting on a microwave.  But I digress. 

This day there were probably 8 of the 12 microwaves humming away irradiating their contents.  Standing back a few feet (who knows how the seals are on these old models?) I can watch as the flurry of activity builds as there is a constant flow of people swapping out their items for those patiently waiting behind them.  

 Then in strolls this individual. 

She isn’t carrying anything in her hands but has a meaningful stride about her.  She walks up to 1 microwave and presses open the door button stopping the cooking cycle.  I assumed this item was hers and she either thought it was cooked enough or maybe she wanted to stir the item (who doesn’t love the frozen chunk in the middle/bottom of their lunch?).  But something caught my eye with this person.  She held the door open, looked at the item, then closed the door.  She then reached over and opened another door.  And then another repeating the process on about 5 microwaves.  Now I am thinking she forgot where she placed her item.  But the part that was sticking out was the fact that with each miss she never restarted the cooking process.  She just closed the door and moved on to the next one.  

After another minute she finally just got feed up and walked out.  I guess that was her version of “No thanks, just looking.” 

Example #2

Same 12 microwaves, 4 rows 3 in each row.  One row is actually below the counter so it is more like 3 rows of 3 which places 1 right in the middle of the stack.  At this time that is the only one occupied with an item that is currently cooking with about 3:30 left on it.  I am standing at the counter prepping my food to put in one of the open ovens.  Just then this man walks up with his lunch in his hand, pops open the running oven, pulls out the item, sets it on the counter, and replaces it with his.  I assumed he had 2 items to cook so I went back to my meal prep.  45 seconds later he pops out his item, shuts the door and turns to walk away.  

I call out to him “Excuse me sir, you left your other tub there on the counter.” 

“Oh, that’s not mine.” And strides away.


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