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    The odd habits of coworkers

    We have a cafeteria in our building, and every day they prepare two different kinds of soup. There is one co-worker, and old woman, doesn't seem all there, that gets the two soups mixed together half and half for lunch. Doesn't matter what the soups are, that's what she wants.

    Today was split pea and new england clam chowder...


    What are your odd coworker habits?

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    there is a guy at work..and I say guy cause I think he is a dude not a duddette...I dont know who....that eats my lunch on a regular basis.

    I bring sandwich making stuff to work, and it is gone by the end of the day.
    brand new loafs of bread, have vanished...all but the butt ends of the loaf of course.
    I buy the wheat loafs, with the small quantities of bread on it, expensive as far as bread goes, but part of my "diet". or should I say..his diet.

    dont know if it pisses me off more than it astonishes me that he just keeps doing it. I hope I find out who it is...one of these days....

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    She's quit now... but we had this one... that would whistle. At all times. Randomly. On tunes she didn't know properly. And she was not a good whistler.

    She's a nice girl though, and she'd stop if we told her, as she didn't even realise that she'd started doing it while working. But it was kinda awkward when working in an open office where people talk to customers all the time on the phone. Somebody will always be on the phone. And they'd hear her whistling in the background... and wonder who was killing what and why in our office. *lol*

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL.Alfaro View Post
    there is a guy at work..and I say guy cause I think he is a dude not a duddette...I dont know who....that eats my lunch on a regular basis.
    I am thinking it is time to lace the loaf with hot sauce, or laxative, or rat poision.......because seriously, who does that? Do you guys not have lockers, or locked office drawers, buy a minifridge, or "hey office manager can I put this in your office?"

    When I used to have co-workers they(we) were ALL strange so it's sorta hard to think of anything that stood out. Oh! We had one gal who'd done every drug known to man and spent at least two long stints in a mental facility. She used to come in and take a nap in the oddest places. She'd sleep on the second utility shelf behind garbage cans. She'd sleep in the dry mount press while it was on because it was warm in the winter. Eventually she moved to sleeping directly on the concrete floor, with her head in one of the floor bins. We worked in a frame shop--there were broken glass and metal bits everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirana View Post
    She'd sleep in the dry mount press while it was on because it was warm in the winter.

    Haha, when I worked at a frame shop/art store our framer did that too! Hmmm, now I'm curious to try that.

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    Sleeping ON it I could get, but in the press? No thank you. 'Course, then there was another worker (non-framer) who decided to prove to us that the press iron wasn't "that hot" by putting it on her face. Needless to say she did not prove her point. Or the guy that punched the glass in the glass bin... *sigh*

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    I don't have an art job [yet], but I do have co-workers, and I think I have you guys beaten

    Since pictures say a thousand words, here is just one example of the people I work with...

    (This man is in his thirties, lives at home, is the shyest/meekest man of all time, is obsessed with porn and JJ boobs, and is going to thailand in 10 days to sleep with hookers. He's a nice guy (I think.. he doesn't really show any emotion at all) and I feel pretty bad about posting this, but yeah, he's not quite all there...)


    EDIT: pic down, I felt bad and daestwen is right..

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    I think we should refrain from posting pictures of these people, guys. :/ Just as a courtesy.

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    Shy/meek, porn, and living at home isn't a good combination for a healthy mental well being.

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    Oh Crush...I see "that guy" by the hundreds at my other job working cons. And being a nerd, I certainly wish that stereotype wasn't true...and then it walks up to me and asks if I'm a model and would I let him "take pictures of me." In nothing but airbrush paint. With cat ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daestwen View Post
    I think we should refrain from posting pictures of these people, guys. :/ Just as a courtesy.
    Pictures of fat, morbidly obese, unkempt, WOW playing, smelly, anti-social, hangs out on forums all day long, ill-tempered, pimple faced people hits a really personal note with me. thanks.

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    I have a guy in a cube next to mine who hums out of key in falsetto. Can't mention it to him though, he swears up and down he doesn't even do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daestwen View Post
    I think we should refrain from posting pictures of these people, guys. :/ Just as a courtesy.
    What if its a picture of the weirdness in action? I'd like to see the picture of the individual sleeping in the dry mount press.

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    If I had one I would give it to you Peter...but I have the oldest cellphone in exsistance. Also, since weirdness happened daily I probably wouldn't have thought to take a pic (geez, I could probably call them up today and ask one to climb in and another take a pic and they would 9_9).

    I say pics if their faces are blurred...and they were really good pics.

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    I'm disabled, so I can't really give any funny coworker stories of my own, but here's one from my husband . . . sort of. You see, it's not so much a "habit"--he did it once and got fired--but one of his coworkers came up to the back drive-through window of McDonald's, jumped in, made himself a sandwich (without paying for it of course), and jumped back out. Problem being, he got stuck on the way out. It's alllll caught on camera, including him flailing like a fish trying to get himself unstuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanficbug View Post
    I'm disabled, so I can't really give any funny coworker stories of my own, but here's one from my husband . . . sort of. You see, it's not so much a "habit"--he did it once and got fired--but one of his coworkers came up to the back drive-through window of McDonald's, jumped in, made himself a sandwich (without paying for it of course), and jumped back out. Problem being, he got stuck on the way out. It's alllll caught on camera, including him flailing like a fish trying to get himself unstuck.
    ... please tell me it got posted on youtube.

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    We had a programmer who used to walk around the building barefoot. Not a huge deal I guess, dress code was casual for artists and programmers, but the last straw was a report from a few co-workers that he was regularly seen in the mens room barefoot as well, be it at the urinal or in a stall.

    I really, really wish I could have taken a swab of the bathroom floor and left the results in a petri dish on his desk. Just... WHY?!

    I hope I find out who it is...one of these days....
    One of two things can help. One is a sign on the bread telling people that it's not community bread. Two, put a little oil paint (avoid cadmium, cancer ain't fun) on the twist tie of the bread and see who's caught "red-handed" - yeah, I went there. But I bet you'll have your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Coene View Post
    ... please tell me it got posted on youtube.
    That's a pretty good idea, actually . . .

    My husband's boss loves my spaghetti, so maybe I can bribe him into giving it to me. Time will tell

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    The good thing about writing on this site is, even with my name right on it, no one I know is ever gonna see it.

    I have great coworkers, especially now. They're all really helpful, since I'm new. There's one coworker who always makes tea for me in the morning. Nice, right? Well, one time she had her dog in class (we take turns with one class, don't ask me why) and the second I come in for the second half, this little dachsund (sp) is scrambling across the floor barking up a storm and threatening to bite me. Of course I'm not scared, but I'm just standing there waiting for him to settle down and he wouldn't, and meanwhile this coworker just sits back and smiles.

    All I can think is, when I get a dog I'm not going to let him bark at anyone. If he ever tried I'd stop him immediately. It's kinda weird/rude to just sit back and let your dog bark and jump around a coworker. Meh.

    I had a coworker back in Revere, MA who was a hypochondriac, worried about all sorts of illnesses, she was "allergic" to every medication and when the doctor told her she didn't have carpal tunnel and she asked why her wrist hurt then he said as a joke, "Well it's not carpal tunnel unless it's some rare form we can't detect." Of course she decided to go ahead and believe this. And she had to tell me about every medical problem in detail, while grinding her teeth loudly on her lunch. ich.

    Hmm, if you ever go to a grocery store, you'll note whoever's working there longest will sing radio songs, because they're played over and over the same damn songs. When you hear it over and over you have to sing along, even though you hate it. it's some weird reaction people get.

    "I'm disabled, so I can't really give any funny coworker stories of my own, but here's one from my husband . . . sort of. You see, it's not so much a "habit"--he did it once and got fired--but one of his coworkers came up to the back drive-through window of McDonald's, jumped in, made himself a sandwich (without paying for it of course), and jumped back out. Problem being, he got stuck on the way out. It's alllll caught on camera, including him flailing like a fish trying to get himself unstuck. "

    was this in Arkansas?

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    I've had a few oddballs just at the current place I work...

    Starting with the women:

    - There's the basic worn out crack- looking lady, who has so many screws loose it's amazing her head doesn't fall apart (and that's the nice version -_- ... and there's actually 2 of them right now).

    - There's the caffeine addicted short chubby lady who I swear is going to explode in a fearsome ball of purple and green glitter any one of these days...

    - Then theres the one that takes the cake: 50-60 years old, former missionary (she'd travel around the world promoting Jesus in the middle of god knows where holes in the wall), comes to work on a moped that only goes up to 45 mph (along a highway where the speed limit is 60mph), and I made the mistake (ok, I was guilted into it) of giving her a ride home because her moped had a flat (I'm regretting the fact that I can't deny even crazy people assistance when they really need it -_-).... It was raining, I was going 60 mph, there was moderate traffic, and she decided to have the sudden urge to yell about a bird in the road a good half mile ahead of me "Oh no birdy, fly away birdy, fly away!" - I damn near had a heart attack because she shrilled it in the middle of a dead freakin silence. Add that on top of her going into random jokes with no punchline, interrupting stories/conversations with completely unrelated topics, and acting as though everyone needs to be listening to her - and you have someone fairly strange.... oh - and on 2 occasions I've seen her buy a gallon of milk, mix chocolate into it (at work), and drink out of the container at lunch...she chews with her mouth open, and won't leave you alone even if you ask her to -_-...

    Then I'll just list 1 of the strange guys (since the other 2 I'd mention have quit lol):
    - The guy who's obtained the lovely nickname "Serial Killer" is our male subject (and he's the only one who's nickname is actually because we think he'd do it). He's 25 years old. Not only lives with his mom, but she drives him to work. Has no expression in his face (no frown lines, no smile lines, and it's not because of botox), his eyes are completely blank. He's a very fanatical Mormon (I'm ex-mormon btw, and this guy's freaky by even 'really religious' standards of worship). He walks with his left hand locked behind his back holding his right arm behind him by the elbow, he will randomly blank out and start doing weird motions with his body (he stood across from me while I was sitting at a table and slowly started raising his leg up to the side like he was peeing on something). He wears his pants like a grandpa (up to armpits, with a good 4 inches of sock showing), and crosses his legs like a woman (very tight knee to knee cross, with foot wrap), and several other weird body language quirks (I observe body language by nature, so I tend to notice anybody doing even weird little body language...this guy is just freaky blatant).



    I'm probably also considered a 'weird coworker' - as I've earned 2 very distinct nicknames at my current place of employment:

    "Funhouse" due to my backroom antics (I do strange voices, that don't seem like they should come from me - there are 3 people here with said voices as their 'voicemail recording' to tell people to leave a message - one with a laugh a few steps beyond the 'IT' clown laugh)

    "Stealth Bomber" due to my ability to shut down any guy who considers himself a 'player' with the women in my age group (I myself am not a player...I've had 3 relationships in my 25 year long life lol) - but basically I've been told I 'sneak in under the womens radar, and block out the other guys.' (this was told to me by a few guys at work), the explanation from women is varied depending on which ones you ask...

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    Wow, interesting stuff.

    I had a co-worker once who would bring water (and sometimes... um. I guess shakes or... protein drinks...) to work in peanut butter Jars. She was really kind of bi-polar too, weirded me out on several occasions, and most of the customers didn't like her. Of course when you go to ask a question and she pretty well YELLS at you in front of a customer to go back to your area you kind of have to question people... The customer gave me worried looks as well. wee!

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