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Mom reveals her boss took her aside and forced her to stop heating lunch at work

A woman has sparked a heated debate over office break etiquette after revealing she was being reprimanded for eating a hot breakfast at work.

The British woman took mumsnet to ask if it was unreasonable of her to take five minutes away from her desk to take beans or eggs out of the microwave while coworkers take a morning tea break around the same time.

She explained that her line manager had said that it had been noted that she was taking time off from work and that she would have to ‘split’ the break between morning and lunchtime if she wanted to continue.

The woman was stunned and said she thought a quick screen break should be allowed.

However, many users argued that she missed the point of the complaint and that the problem was her hot, possibly “stinky” food, rather than the time it took to cook.

The woman asked if it was unreasonable of her to put “a tub of beans” or “eggs she’s already put in a bowl and whipped at home” in the microwave during her first few hours at work. stock image

In a lengthy post, she explained that her line manager had said “it had been noticed” that she was stepping away from her desk and that she should stop eating a hot breakfast during office hours.

Explaining the situation, the woman said, “I can’t eat right away in the morning, so I’ve always eaten mid-morning, at my desk, sometimes something cold, sometimes something that takes a minute or two in the microwave of the house.” staff.

“I’m fairly new to this job, but in the last two months that others have seen me do this, including my line manager, no one has ever raised it as a problem.

“We have access to a microwave and a toaster, so sometimes I bring a tub of beans, or eggs I’ve already put in a bowl and beat at home, so it takes 2 minutes in the microwave to heat them up, sometimes I do ‘will make some toast at the same time.’

The woman revealed that even though she left her desk, she was heating up her breakfast in the time it took her to make a cup of tea, and she would always make sure to work until two hours before eating. .

But the line manager had approached her to say that the microwave and toaster should only be used at lunchtime unless she decided to “split her break between both.”

However, many users claimed that she missed the point of the complaint and that the problem was her hot, possibly 'stinky' food, rather than the time it took to cook

However, many users claimed that she missed the point of the complaint and that the problem was her hot, possibly 'stinky' food, rather than the time it took to cook

However, many users claimed that she missed the point of the complaint and that the problem was her hot, possibly ‘stinky’ food, rather than the time it took to cook

After reading her situation, commentators—many of whom work in an office themselves—quickly informed her that they believed her behavior had been unprofessional.

One person wrote: ‘Hot food in offices is often unpopular because of the smell. If you eat that sort of thing in front of your computer, you also risk spilling it. I don’t think they need to provide a microwave at all if they don’t want to.’

Another posted: ‘YABU (you’re unreasonable) to put eggs in the microwave and expect people not to notice, smell them. Really, if you want to eat at your desk, it has to be something snacky during work hours, like a granola bar or nuts in a bag or something. Beans or eggs with toast is a meal, not a snack, so not something you should have at your desk while working.

“Your point about regular breaks doesn’t hold. You can get away without a hot breakfast.’

The majority of users agreed that the smell was probably the main issue

The majority of users agreed that the smell was probably the main issue

The majority of users agreed that the smell was probably the main issue

Another agreed, saying ‘I think having beans, eggs and toast is the mickey tbh. Just take a granola bar or something easier, and a little more subtle. And yes, the smell is probably unpleasant in an open-plan office.’

A third could hardly bear to bear the smell: ‘The smell of eggs being eaten in an office would make me sway. I would complain about it. Just have a cold breakfast or wait to eat during lunch.’

However, a select few disagreed with the majority and maintained the view that everyone should be able to eat whatever they want at their desk.

One person said, ‘I used to work in the evenings and people would eat whole meals at their desks. Curry, chilli, reheated pizza, pasta. I always liked to see what people had.’

A small proportion of office visitors could not understand why having strong-smelling food was a problem

A small proportion of office visitors could not understand why having strong-smelling food was a problem

A small proportion of office visitors could not understand why having strong-smelling food was a problem

Another commenter was surprised by the response the post had gotten, saying: ‘Eggs don’t actually smell like anything and are a filling meal. Eating a croissant every day is not so healthy, especially a sweet one.

“You may need to heat up some mackerel for lunch to get your protein in.”

A third contributed: ‘What’s wrong with being able to smell food. I agree with you and it’s hard to expect you to eat foods you don’t really want at a time that doesn’t suit you, but you are new to the job so you have to be careful not to get them too irritates a lot.

“I would make an egg-mayonnaise sandwich from my eggs and bread and eat it at my desk at a time of my choosing. Then you don’t violate the ‘no hot food in the morning’ rule and you can eat whatever you want, when it suits you. They can’t argue with that, can they?’

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