Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tragedy in the Breakroom

I was totally thwarted at work today. I try to bring my own healthy snacks, but I’d already eaten my sandwich and Tupperware of carrots, leaving me with the option of tucking four quarters in my pocket and running down a flight of stairs to the nearest vending machine in the 3rd floor break room.

Skittles? Pretzels? Ah, Doritos! Doritos are deserving of my dollar. I dropped in the coins, pressed the buttons, and the circular dispensing device began to turn. The bag of chips inched forward but stopped just short of dropping down the chute.

Darn it! A colleague saw the predicament and pulled out a dollar. “I want a snack anyway,” he said, inserting the bill. The dispenser started turning, and now there were TWO bags wedged in the open space above the chute. I apologized to him for losing his money as well. Two other fellows tried to tilt and shake the vending machine, but no luck. This was not a day for Doritos.

It’s also a bad sign because our company is in the process of removing the free soda and water fridges (a longtime perk) to replace them with vending machines. I suppose they’ll earn a great return on them if the machines keep eating our change without providing any food or beverages!

And on my way out, I noticed that some of our office lighting has been disabled. I’m sure they’ve come up with some creative way to save more money and energy, but I hope we’re not supposed to work in the dark. Ah, the ways to combat the recession get only more interesting.

5 comments:

Magpie said...

disabling the light switches is a new one on me...

Amber said...

Oh dear, those stickers are so...demoralizing. Nothing like a recession to ruin workplace morale.

Mayberry said...

The current issue of Rachael Ray's magazine has instructions for what to do in just such a situation! (The vending machine situation, that is. Not the light switches.)

Bon said...

you were robbed. and now i want some Doritos.

Damselfly said...

BYOE -- bring your own electricity! Now there's a thought. All employees on treadmills or stationary bikes as they work, powered by their own effort!