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Man With Baby Bangs Grilled by Congress on Everything Except His Baby Bangs

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Need more Diet Dr. Pepper.

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lkeeney
50 days ago
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“Man with baby bangs”! Lol
Apex, North Carolina
lmoffeit
50 days ago
lol! so funny!
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I’m worried my coworkers’ food handling is going to make someone seriously ill

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It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes:

I am about four months into a new job, and my coworkers have been very nice and easy to work with. However, I am very concerned about the way that they manage food safety. We are going to have a potluck soon and I don’t think I can bring myself to eat anything after witnessing various food-safety related incidents. They also have a tendency to frequently offer leftovers to other departments and guests in our office park, which is making me increasingly worried an unassuming person could get sick.

1. About three weeks into my new job, someone brought a meat/cheese platter to an all-staff meeting. The meeting was postponed to later in the day, so someone left the platter in the conference room for four hours. Then, during the meeting people passed around and ate the visibly sweating and warm meat and cheese. I politely declined each time it was passed to me on account that I had just eaten lunch and I am a vegetarian, but they kept offering the cheese.

2. We had an off-site meeting that had catered sandwiches delivered at 11:30 am. There were a bunch of leftovers but no way for them to be refrigerated. When the meeting ended at 4, I went to throw them away, but my director stopped me. I said they were not safe to eat anymore because we wouldn’t return to the office until 7 pm. He insisted that someone take them to not waste them and ended up dispersing them to other staff and interns. Some of those sandwiches and salads were brought back to the office the next day and shared with other departments.

3. Another higher-up placed raw chicken on the countertops of a break room that is shared with many different companies in my office park. She wiped the juices up with a dry paper towel.

4. Someone brought bagels and cream cheese, and the cream cheese was left out for eight hours a day for three days.

5. When traveling, people left their leftovers in the hot car for five hours and then ate them later in the day.

I am absolutely appalled by the lack of awareness of food safety amongst my peers. I’ve tried politely sharing what I know (I have a ServSafe Manager Certification from a past job), but they laugh it off or argue that food shouldn’t be wasted. I don’t feel comfortable accepting any perishables or honestly unpackaged food based on the incidents I have witnessed.

Aside from being seriously concerned that someone could get seriously ill, between being the only person who declined to participate in an office weight loss challenge (*sigh*) and refusing food offerings, I’m starting to feel like I am alienating myself as a new staff member, or coming across as someone with very weird food behaviors. I’ve even caught myself humoring the idea of scheduling a doctor’s appointment during the potluck so I don’t have to deal with it. I truly have no idea how to handle this.

Readers, what’s your advice?

I’m worried my coworkers’ food handling is going to make someone seriously ill was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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lkeeney
56 days ago
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I feel like this is more common than it should be!
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Parents Accused of Abandoning Their 9-Year-Old Child Say She Was Actually a Fully-Grown, Mentally Unwell Adult

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Perhaps you’re familiar with the positively blood-freezing horror movie Orphan, in which (SPOILER!) a mysterious 9-year-old adopted by a well-meaning family turns out to be a murderous 33-year-old? Just a movie, you say? Not so, says the Daily Mail, which brings us a similarly fucking terrifying tale of a mentally…

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lkeeney
79 days ago
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WTF?!?
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lmoffeit
79 days ago
That is a crazy story! I read the Daily Mail article and I still don't know if she's a child or an adult!
lkeeney
79 days ago
I couldn’t tell either!!
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For Fat Cats, The Struggle Is Real When It Comes To Losing Weight And Keeping It Off

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It's estimated that more than half of the indoor cats in the U.S. are overweight. Now researchers are looking for new ways to help felines slim down.

(Image credit: Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine)

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lkeeney
82 days ago
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This headline made me laugh
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Open Post: Hosted By The Woman Who Swallowed Her Engagement Ring In Her Sleep By Accident

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USA Today says that one woman’s #EngagedLife fantasy careened to a halt when she woke up one morning and realized that she had swallowed her whole ass diamond engagement ring in a dream-induced haze. Some people sleep walk, some talk: this woman likes to eat diamonds. Expensive taste has a whole new literal meaning.

29-year-old Jenna Evans woke up one morning from a dream and found herself in a nightmare. (I had to say that. It was just right there, waiting.) Jenna apparently has vivid dreams, and during one of her sleeps, she swallowed her ring as part of the fantastical narrative running around her semi-sleeping brain. Jenna realized what she had done and sort of came to, but thought it was just a dream, and fell back asleep. The next morning, she woke up and discovered her ring was missing. That’s when she realized her dream wasn’t just a dream. Jenna had to tell her fiancé Bobby Howell why his hard-earned money was now in her stomach:

“So, in case you missed it, I swallowed my engagement ring in my sleep on Tuesday night. I actually remember doing it, but I thought I was dreaming, so I went back to sleep. On Wednesday morning, I realized my ring was not on my hand and had to wake [my fiancé] and tell him that I swallowed my engagement ring. I don’t think he believed me right away. We laughed pretty hard for about an hour and a half, called my mom, laughed until we were crying…

I went to urgent care where I struggled to explain why I was there, because I was laughing/crying so hard. The doctor ordered an Xray and seemed pretty shocked when she walked back in with a second doctor and showed me that sure enough, my ring was right there in my stomach! They called a gastroenterologist and decided it would be best NOT to let nature take its course. (Thank God) Before I left, she recommended seeing a sleep specialist as well.

Bobby took me to the GI doctor where I got to tell a whole new group of doctors and nurses that yes, I swallowed my engagement ring. At this point, I could definitely feel it in my guts, it was starting to really hurt and make us nervous. They decided an upper endoscopy was just the thing and said don’t worry its not big deal, but please sign this release form just in case you die.

Then I cried a lot because I would be SO MAD if I died. I waited a long time for that damn engagement ring and I WILL marry Bobby Howell DAMNIT.

…Bobby finally gave my ring back this morning – I promised not to swallow it again, we’re still getting married and all is right in the world.

Update: for inquiring minds, I was having a dream that Bobby and I were in a very sketchy situation involving a high speed train and bad guys (I have very exciting and vivid dreams) and he told me I had to swallow my ring to protect it; so I popped that sucker off, put it in my mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water riiiight about the time I realized what I was doing. I assumed this too was a dream, because WHO ACTUALLY SWALLOWS THEIR ENGAGEMENT RING, so I went back to sleep…

Ring is lovingly made by Simone Jewelry Designs in Houston, Tx. Jewels so lovely, you could eat them. But don’t–trust me on this.”

Listen, I may be as crazy as this woman, but I totally guessed that her dream was going to involve her needing to protect the ring by swallowing it. I just knew it! In my mind there is no other reason to swallow jewelry. Either you’re protecting it or you’re smuggling it, and Jenna doesn’t come off as a smuggler to me. Meanwhile that Simone Jewelry Designs must be thanking Jenna’s sleep-issues because this is the kind of promo money can’t buy! I need to see an ad campaign with Simone diamonds as food products. Sell those tasty diamonds, Simone!

Here’s Jenna’s full post with pictures:

Pic: Facebook

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lkeeney
87 days ago
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lmoffeit
87 days ago
OMG!
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Pussy ass bitch

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Huge coward. Piece of shit that doesn’t accept any responsibility. Takes credit for for an economy that Obama revived. Openly racist. Liar

“The President of the United States is a pussy ass bitch. “

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lkeeney
91 days ago
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Apex, North Carolina
lmoffeit
91 days ago
love it!
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