Thursday, September 6, 2012

Work Rant

Not our actual sink, but exact same situation. I wish we had the sign.
Apparently loading and unloading the dishwasher is just below some people.  I work in a small office of mainly men who drink coffee all day long.  I work Wednesday through Friday and every single Wednesday the sink in the kitchen is full of dirty coffee cups.  When I have a cup of coffee, I always rinse my cup and place it inside the dishwasher where it sits alone.  No one seems to lift a finger while I am gone.  People use the sink for other purposes and water fills some of the cups, but no one thinks to put these dirty cups in the dishwasher.  On Wednesdays I generally just put all of their dirty cups in the dishwasher right away because it drives me nuts to see the sink full.  Then I run the dishwasher and wait for someone to empty it.  The sink fills back up with dirty cups by the next day.   Does anyone empty the dishwasher when they get their cup of coffee and see an empty cabinet?   No, they go straight for the disposable cups!  Now the excuse may be that the dishwasher is full and those cups may be dirty, but does it take more than a second to confirm that thought?  I know someone has opened the dishwasher and seen that it is full and clean because when I can no longer stand it and finally go to put the clean cups away, the dishwasher has been unlocked.  BUSTED!  Someone did open it to check and see if those cups were clean but couldn't bother themselves with the task of putting those clean cups into the cabinet, so they shrugged and took a disposable cup.  So now there are 20 clean cups in the dishwasher and 10 dirty cups in the sink, zero cups in the cabinet and disposable cups on desks and in the trash.   These people are avoidng emptying the dishwasher at all costs.  They have gone through multiple steps looking for a clean cup in order avoid doing the two minute job.  What is the big deal?  Do they think this is a woman's job?  Do they just not see the 10 dirty cups in the sink when they add to it?  Does the mess not bother them?  I don't know but it is baffling me every week.  As if I need another dishwasher to empty.  Someone once saw me emptying it and asked if this was part of my job or self appointed.  REALLY?  No, emptying the dishwasher is not in my job description, but no one else is willing to do it and I cannot stare at it anymore, so I do it.  I guess it's really problem then right?  What did these people do when I was on maternity leave?  Someone had to man up and do the dishes.  Who was it and why aren't they doing it now? 

End Rant.


  1. If I were you, I would bring my own cup to work and take it home to clean it and leave the mess to the people who make it. I only say that because they are adults and should have to live with the consequences of their actions. Especially if it's not in your job description and you're not getting paid for it.

  2. Good point Rachel....Why didn't I think of that? :o)

  3. Oh my gosh, I can totally relate. We just moved into a new office where there is no longer a sink, and the bathrooms (separate for men and women) are down the hall. I urged John to take this new space partly because of this problem you're talking about! No one cleaned up after their coffee cups, and if you think that's bad imagine what our in-office bathroom situation was. Now, they are forced to wash in the bathroom sink down the hall or drink out of a dirty cup. Either way, it solved the problem ;)