I work on the top floor of my building, smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Our cubicle (a four person square) is right beside a busy hallway, one that leads to a communal lunch/break room. In this break room, you will find two refrigerators, a coffee mess area, a soda machine, and three (yes, three) microwaves.
You would think that one microwave would be enough when you consider the smells that just the one microwave emits after Joe heats up his leftover chicken teriyaki. No, no, no. It's not enough. In order to keep the waiting lines down and allow for efficiency in the lunch/break room... Now Lucy can heat up her Jimmy Dean bacon too, while Claire heats up her leftover salmon! Gosh, who doesn't love the smell of salmon flavored chicken bacon teriyaki? I know I sure do.
Is there some sort of microwave etiquette that our building is missing? Something that says:
1. Meat products shall not be reheated within 20 minutes of another meat product of any kind.
2. Seafood? Really?
3. Bacon should never be reheated. Repeat, bacon should never be reheated.
4. Forget #1, #2 and #3... Meat and seafood products are not allowed to be reheated in this vicinity... Ever.
Is it just me that feels that I have to speed walk past the lunch/break room to get to my desk without inhaling these toxic fumes? I highly doubt it. What's worse is that I can smell these "aromas" from the other end of the building. And it doesn't stop there. I also love the smell of burnt popcorn in the afternoon. The way it wafts through the air is just magical. Seriously people, get a clue.
I'll save my thoughts on bathroom etiquette for another time :)