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Old 03-11-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I think it is wasteful, but once it is paid for, it doesn't make much difference, economically, whether you leave it in the fridge or wear it on your hips.

I am a bit puzzled by people that buy things that they don't intend to eat. But think of it this way, OP. They are supporting local restaurants and those cooks, bus boys, waiters need those jobs to support their families.

 
Old 03-11-2017, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I think it is wasteful, but once it is paid for, it doesn't make much difference, economically, whether you leave it in the fridge or wear it on your hips.

I am a bit puzzled by people that buy things that they don't intend to eat. But think of it this way, OP. They are supporting local restaurants and those cooks, bus boys, waiters need those jobs to support their families.
Well, it IS wasteful because instead of eating the remainder of a PAID-FOR meal (that could be considered "free" at that point) you're buying something else to eat in its place. But that's their issue - I'm sure not gonna drool over their stuff or even bother to shake my head because sometimes leftovers don't reheat well or you just don't want the same thing again so soon, but it is a waste.
 
Old 03-11-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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YOU are a proponent. Why would you insist that someone else feel the same way you do? Because that's what this situation is.
By "you," I mean other posters on this forum, which is called "Frugal Living," who seem mystified that the waste of money (and food) would irk me. Of course I don't expect the general population to be thrifty; the general population isn't smart enough for that.
 
Old 03-11-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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They always give me the fries. I ask to not get them, but they always clutter my plate with them.

I think I've thrown out more potatoes than I've eaten. Sad.
 
Old 03-11-2017, 07:58 PM
 
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It would drive me crazy, but the most annoying thing is the smells of old rotted food & then they won't clean out the fridge.
Right. That is what would bother me. Otherwise it's their business. Sometimes I set something in the fridge to eat later and than I'm all dammit. I didn't wrap that properly to preserve it right, so it's a goner .... (but I do toss it, then).
 
Old 03-12-2017, 04:32 PM
 
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Most offices I worked in had a policy that all food was thrown out of the fridge every Friday. Many people would get upset, but food molding away in a fridge is a health hazard for everyone.


As for people choosing to eat out rather than brown bag, that's their personal choice. And it's okay for them to dine out or get take out food.


The only time I've said something was when a girl in the office would go around begging to borrow money, usually $5, off co-workers to buy lunch; she did this every day. I finally asked why she wasn't packing a sandwich like other people do.
 
Old 03-13-2017, 07:12 AM
 
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Well, it IS wasteful because instead of eating the remainder of a PAID-FOR meal (that could be considered "free" at that point) you're buying something else to eat in its place. But that's their issue - I'm sure not gonna drool over their stuff or even bother to shake my head because sometimes leftovers don't reheat well or you just don't want the same thing again so soon, but it is a waste.
This. If you're eating something other than your leftovers, you're essentially "buying" more food. This IS the "Frugal Living" thread, right? Maybe I'm lost...
 
Old 03-13-2017, 04:41 PM
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I really don't notice. I am annoyed by how much people spend on eating out. I used to do it and I spent so much money. You save so much money when prepare and bring your breakfast and lunch. I dont say anything because it is none of my business.
 
Old 03-13-2017, 08:53 PM
 
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I don't have a problem with people eating out for lunch IF they can afford it. It's a way to network or hang out with friends. There are less expensive ways to go, but there can be a value to it. It depends on each person's individual circumstances. Some people really do need to save the money and just brown bag it.
 
Old 03-13-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I wouldn't touch a "doggy bag" that another person leaves in the fridge - typically that would be the leftovers of a dish they've eaten from which is kind of unappetizing, to me at least.

But when there are leftovers put out in the break room (platters, etc) and people are welcome to help themselves, I think it's perfectly reasonable to pack up a portion for yourself to either take home or to enjoy for lunch the next day. When my department has an event with food, it's normal for people to bring an empty container to take home leftovers.
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