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Are you kidding me? - Clean up after yourselves you slobs!


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I am an administrative assistant for a small scientific company.  For some reason most people in my office seem to think that admin will clean up after them.  When I have complained about this I have actually recieved the rejoiner "but that is your job isn't it?".  No, actually my job is to assist administration.  No where in my contract does it state "unclogg toilets and scrape rotten food out of the sink."

Right now there is about a half pound of chicken and potatoes just lying in the kitchen sink.   I refuse to clean it up.  But I know, and they know, that it will sit there only as long as I can stand to look at it.  If i am stalwart it might actually begin to smell a little.  At that point one of the principals will ask me to clean it up any way.

But why in the hell does anyone just leave food sitting in a sink and not run the disposal?  The switch is right at the elbow. 

These are highly educated and well paid adults.  I assume they were bright enough and respobsible enough to earn their advanced degrees.  What the hell do they think they prove by leaving such a mess?

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Next time you're forced to clean it up, go through the fridge about mid-morning and toss everyone's lunches.  When people complain, tell them that since no one ever cleans up after themselves, you decided you'd clean EVERYTHING.  I mean, if you have to clean PART of the kitchen, you might as well clean the WHOLE kitchen, right? :)

haha lisa, i like that idea.

I'm just glad she didn't mean in CHAT.

I clean out the fridge.  I am not kind and I do not save food.  the rule is - if it has your name on it I will save it.  But only IF the food is in date.  If it is out of date or is moldy I toss it.  If you have a container in the fridge and it is moldy I toss it, name or no.  I toss out all condiments without a name in date or not. 

Hm...I wonder if they just want to get back at me for tossing out their pyrex?  Ya think?

I work in a "laboratory".  There are no machines, no chemicals, no laboratory technicians, just a bunch of bitchy laboratory assistants (read: phlebotomists).  For whatever reason, we all like to think our **** doesn't stink just because we have a professional-looking sign on the door and a code to get in the room. 

The "dirty" side is always the cleanest, which you'd least suspect because it's where we store our trays, tubes, extra blood samples, and clean ourselves up to go into the "clean" side.  The worst of it is when someone pours coffee down the sink and doesn't rinse it.

Then you have the "clean" side, where we all eat our lunch, read the newspaper, and those of us who have additional duties carry them out.  At night we prepare collection bags for the nurses who pull off the lines, and you'd think we wouldn't want to send up a collection bag full of bread crumbs and covered in what we're guessing to be syrup from someone's pancakes.

But no.  Like I said, we act like our **** doesn't stink and expect housekeeping to take care of everything.  We'll toss our trash near the trash can, not necessarily in it because hell, we're human.  We miss.  We don't think to walk over there and pick it up, either.  We leave scattered sugar and creamer powder all over the counter with the coffee pot, toast crumbs from the toaster, and food remnants anywhere you can think to look.  The floor is constantly loitered with bits of paper, stickers, needle caps, paper clips, and just general trash.  We have a broom in the room.  Do we use it?  No.  Because "it's not our job."

Every day, especially when I worked all of the shifts and considered that room to be my second home, I'd go in, sweep the floors, clean off the table and counter, scrub it down with our alcohol wipes, clean off the phones and computers, and you know what?  People got sick a lot less often when I did.  And the room was always so pleasant to come back after a hard run on the floors.  You could sit down and lay your head down without wondering what that mysterious substance is.  It kind of looks like a bloody finger print, but it could also be a chocolate one.

I work a lot less for the time being, and every time I go in that room it's terrible.  I no longer go out of my way to clean it up so it stays a mess.  I'll take care of my part, throwing away my trash, cleaning up my spills, and discarding my extra samples at the end of my shift, but I'll be damned if I do it for anyone else.

I think my co-workers have a little too much pride in their job title.

Hee Hee - I read your subject line and was expecting a rant on someone's children... Just shows where I'm coming from, I guess.Wink

Oh I am saving kids for another rant.  How deep in schmoo do you think the floor of an 11 year olds room can get?

I will give you a hint - the last 100 year flood left a lower water line  lol

Cleaning up after people is the worst.  For some reason, it feels so degrading to me.  The lady at my work who does cleaning is the most bitter, unpleasant person you could ever meet.  You can tell she hates her job and hates her life.  Another reason why we should all just clean up after ourselves!!  The worst is when someone spills something smelly in the microwave and leaves it there.

Original Post by madamq:

Right now there is about a half pound of chicken and potatoes just lying in the kitchen sink.   I refuse to clean it up.  But I know, and they know, that it will sit there only as long as I can stand to look at it.  If i am stalwart it might actually begin to smell a little.  At that point one of the principals will ask me to clean it up any way.

i'd just stay out of the kitchen.  and if/when one of the principals asked me to clean it up, i'd ask her/him to show me where in my job description is says, "Clean up the disgusting messes left by lazy, childish co-workers."

 

a co-worker and I were often stuck with that job. I refused to do it anymore. Posted the ubiquitous sign "neither the company, nor building management provide maid service." to no avail.

I finally told my colleagues that I had had enough. I brought in my own silverware, bowls, etc and NEVER left anything in the kitchen and would only clean up after myself and would not even look at the messes left by others. My colleague talks the talk but does not walk the walk. She gives in and cleans. Complaining the whole time and then some - to the wall.

I still believe that if she was able to bring herself to say to the appropriate people, "they are not MY dishes, they are yours, please clean them (even in an email)" she would have won the game. It is a game, you know. Those that can will get away with whatever they can and leave what they can for those that will clean up afterwards.

You are all going to love this one.

There is a girl in the office who is always leaving dirty dishes in the sink.  She will say "I will take care of that in a minute, I promise."  Hours later the dishes are still in the sink. 

Today - just before I discovered the mess in the sink, she was talking with a coworker about how messes bother her and how she is such a "neat freak".  She was bragging on the perfection of her home etc. 

Well...I did send out an email "If you left the chicken and potaotes in the sink please clean up after yourself".  The kitchen is very close to my work area so I made my self scarce.  I did not want the offending party of ignore the mess out of guilt.  I took off for the filing area and watched from around the corner.  Lo and behold miss "neat freak" sheepishly heads for the kitchen.  She cleaned up after herself after all! 

 

My office has the same problem. I gently place some cups, dishes in the trash can. From now on, I am not cleaning up, but is so disgusting; imagine having dinner at these people's houses.

Original Post by madamq:

You are all going to love this one.

There is a girl in the office who is always leaving dirty dishes in the sink.  She will say "I will take care of that in a minute, I promise."  Hours later the dishes are still in the sink. 

Today - just before I discovered the mess in the sink, she was talking with a coworker about how messes bother her and how she is such a "neat freak".  She was bragging on the perfection of her home etc. 

Well...I did send out an email "If you left the chicken and potaotes in the sink please clean up after yourself".  The kitchen is very close to my work area so I made my self scarce.  I did not want the offending party of ignore the mess out of guilt.  I took off for the filing area and watched from around the corner.  Lo and behold miss "neat freak" sheepishly heads for the kitchen.  She cleaned up after herself after all! 

 

 Way to go - very diplomatic of you!

"miss neat freak" might have OCD: she really is a neat freak when she's in her own space, but when it doesn't fit with her rituals, she's just crazy.  it's possible that she can't cope with having people watch her clean up, or that at work she can't complete the ritual (ie: maybe after doing dishes she has to clean the whole house or take a shower), so is afraid to start it.

either way, it's good that you forced the issue.

I have no idea when it became acceptable that admin = janitor, but it sucks.  I'm the only woman in our tiny 10 person company and the admin.  It sucks.  Guys are such slobs.

We have a dishwasher sitting right there.  You don't think it would be a foreign concept to place their dishes in the dishwasher, but no... And I'm not touching the microwave.

I don't like for people to watch me clean.

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

I don't like for people to watch me clean.

 yeah, i too prefer to watch other people clean instead. Tongue out

Put up a printed sign in sight with something on the lines of stop throwing oily stuff in the sink or clean up if you made a mess. There are plenty of such signs where I work, and people do clean up after themselves, even the ashtrays at the smoking spot.

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