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Poll: Do you heat tuna in the microwave at work? (288 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you heat tuna in the microwave at work?

  1. Yes, I'm a psychopath and enjoy watching my colleagues suffer. (9 votes [3.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.12%

  2. Yes, why shouldn't I? (60 votes [20.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.83%

  3. Sometimes, I'm a rebel. (23 votes [7.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.99%

  4. No, I am considerate of my fellow humans olfactory systems. (71 votes [24.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.65%

  5. No, and people who do such a thing are psychopaths. (125 votes [43.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 43.40%

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#1 Renovators delight

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:36 PM

DP has been complaining about people using the microwave at work to heat up their tuna. I told him its not quite as bad as people using the sandwich press to heat up a tuna sandwich, and if it bothers him that much he should put up a passive aggressive sign in the kitchen.

What do you think? Unacceptable workplace behaviour?

I had a job for 26 years and used the kitchen as infrequently as possible for this reason, but I am mean and make DP's lunch so he is forced to use the fridge and microwave frequently.

#2 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:38 PM

i am against any form of tuna in the work place...but ...but...why are people heating tuna? like a can of tuna? or a tuna fillet? or are they re-heating a tuna dish they cooked the night before? anyway...it’s unacceptable IMV.

#3 dadwasathome

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:41 PM

I regularly toast flavoured tuna sandwiches in the sandwich press at work, ever since medical advice to cut back on cheese (which had been my staple for years). I've never had a comment, other than how tasty it seems.

#4 JomoMum

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:42 PM

I don’t mind tuna. But I think you can find enough meals outside of the work day to eat it.

And the same goes for other very strong smelling foods.

#5 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:42 PM

Hmmm. Depends.

You should avoid heating any fish or anything stinky at work if you can. But some tuna is worse than others. If it’s a bit of left over tuna mornay on pasta, then fine, that doesn’t smell too bad. If they are just emptying a tin of tuna into a bowl and heating it up, then that’s weird, and, eww, that would stink so bad, and shouldn’t be done in a workplace.

But nothing you can do about it really.

My office is somewhat open plan, microwaves directly across from desks. So microwave smells travel far and wide. But I can’t say there has ever been frequent smell issues. Usually the only comments are “OMg that smells good, I’m so hungry”. The worst smells come from food in the fridge that goes bad because people forget about it.

#6 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:43 PM

I wouldnt even use the microwave after that.
I'm allergic to seafood and the smell alone makes me gag
If it were a common thing, I'd have to work elsewhere

#7 Renovators delight

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:43 PM

View PostJomoMum, on 15 July 2019 - 01:42 PM, said:

I don’t mind tuna. But I think you can find enough meals outside of the work day to eat it.

And the same goes for other very strong smelling foods.

I was so glad when I was old enough to go out on my own and leave the suburb when mum insisted on making sardines on toast for her lunch. :sick:

#8 Grrrumbles

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:44 PM

I make toasted sandwiches with tuna in the kitchen at work. I may have heated mornay in the microwave on occasion. The kitchen is well away from the work areas, quite open and there are 2 on the floor so I don’t think I am putting anyone out.

#9 seayork2002

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:48 PM

I can't say I would be bothered really but I live vicariously of all the amazing food smells that the Chinese people at work with who reheat their lunch at work and wish I could cook that good  of a cook or even be organised enough for leftovers.

#10 WTFJerk

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:50 PM

I did not know there was so much tuna hate in the world

#11 marple

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:54 PM

View PostGrrrumbles, on 15 July 2019 - 01:44 PM, said:

I make toasted sandwiches with tuna in the kitchen at work. I may have heated mornay in the microwave on occasion. The kitchen is well away from the work areas, quite open and there are 2 on the floor so I don’t think I am putting anyone out.

I'm with you on the tuna mornay but why oh why would you heat up a tuna sandwich.

#12 hills mum bec

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:59 PM

I don't like tuna myself but it seems to be a popular lunch choice in our workplace.  I don't have an issue with other people's tuna smells in the kitchen.  I don't like the smell but what they eat for lunch is their choice.  I'm sure my reheated curry leftovers don't smell that great to some people as well.

#13 dadwasathome

Posted 15 July 2019 - 01:59 PM

View Postmarple, on 15 July 2019 - 01:54 PM, said:

I'm with you on the tuna mornay but why oh why would you heat up a tuna sandwich.

Plain tuna is blandsville, and flavoured tuna needs to be heated or it's icky.

And toasted sandwiches are essential as the bread is always stale.

#14 Grrrumbles

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:01 PM

I'm with you on the tuna mornay but why oh why would you heat up a tuna sandwich.

I buy the little cans of sun dried tomato and basil tuna and use bread out of the freezer. I don’t think I have ever done anything else other than toasties with the flavoured tuna - thought it was pretty normal.

#15 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:02 PM

what the hell is “flavoured” tuna?

#16 JomoMum

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:05 PM

I would suggest it’s not the kind of thing a coworker can legally say to another coworker.

But everyone knows who the person is who stinks out the breakout area. Just the way it is.

Edited by JomoMum, 15 July 2019 - 02:06 PM.


#17 Luci

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:11 PM

I used to work with a woman who was really into exercise & healthy eating and would often mow through a big bowl of tuna & broccoli for lunch. 15 years later & I still feel sick thinking about it.

#18 literally nobody

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:11 PM

Can’t be worse than a guy I worked with - he would microwave his scrambled eggs and spam every day. Made me dry retch., he would also take his chewing gum out of his mouth and put it on a napkin on the lunch table then pop it back in his mouth after the eggs and spam.

Id make a point of getting a large cardboard box to put in front of me so i don’t even have to look at him. Gross.

#19 Demera

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:13 PM

I'm afraid I don't understand the tuna aversion either. It's really the only fish I eat and it's perfect for lunch. The local bakery makes an awesome tuna pie!

What should be banned is eating boiled eggs. We have a staff member who has them every day. The lunchroom smells like you just walked into a fart!

#20 Nasty Poobah

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:13 PM

Some days DP mixes mashed sardines with raw chopped onion and spreads it on toast.

No jury would convict me.

Tuna in the microwave would be worse.

#21 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:14 PM

yeh it’s unbelievable what people think is acceptable in a communal kitchen - i mean, unless your workplace has an industrial style kitchen with exhaust fans etc, then basically - the kitchen is for making tea and coffee. and hot water. the fridge is for your slices of lemon and the milk / milk substitutes (soy etc). that’s it.


#22 Pocket...

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:15 PM

Where's the limit though?  I'd prefer to smell a tuna toasty than a cheese toasty. The smell of melted cheese has been known to make me vomit. As in actually vomit. Yet I'm pretty sure I'd be told where to get off if I complained.

Can't have an entire office missing out on cheese sandwiches...

#23 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:16 PM

Dammit, all this talk of tuna, Now I have to have tuna on toast for lunch. I’m not at work though.

View PostNasty Poobah, on 15 July 2019 - 02:13 PM, said:

Some days DP mixes mashed sardines with raw chopped onion and spreads it on toast.

No jury would convict me.

Tuna in the microwave would be worse.

Does it make his breath stink? I’d stink for days

#24 Pocket...

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:17 PM

LB, I can't like your post enough.


#25 marple

Posted 15 July 2019 - 02:19 PM

I was thinking a tuna sandwich with lettuce and mayo and tomato etc. Couldn't get why you were putting that in the microwave.
If the bread is always stale pp, buy  a nice fresh roll instead.




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