An employee vents out about the unpleasant experience of office lunch where the management called them 'greedy' for taking two pieces of a sub sandwich.
There are many bizarre stories about the inside workings of corporate organizations. Some good, some bad but definitely interesting enough to make the internet flabbergasted. One such story that has resonated among the masses on the internet comes from u/justReading0f. The individual shared his story recalling an incident from the early 80s at his corporate workplace. They narrated that their company “specifically” asked its employees not to bring their own lunches because the company provided them the same and for “free."
The employee further explained that the company made an “‘Everyone is welcome! To come and enjoy! We are so happy to be generous to you!’ kind of announcement." This was followed by the bosses spreading the word to the employees in small groups, “Don’t insult our Big Bosses. This tea means a lot to them and they will notice if you don’t come,” which ultimately meant that they would get into the bad books of their bosses if they didn’t show up.
The individual then continued that the employees all arrived for lunch only to find “one 6-foot sub for 25-ish people." Each employee took two pieces, “two inches wide apiece” with no other accompaniments to go with the pieces. The employee continued, “There were ZERO other items. No drink, no chips, no salads. Just the single long sub.” They also said that the employees were pretty hopeful that more sandwiches were yet to come out. They got their own drinks and went back to their seats to eat because “there wasn’t room to sit down in the small conference room." As per the company’s policy, they weren’t allowed to take their own lunch breaks because the idea was that they’ve “provided for you” so, apart from the two pieces of the sub, they couldn’t get in any food from outside.
Things got heated before the employees could take the last bite of their “small meal equal to a 4-inch sub." The employees were yelled at and called “greedy and piggish and awful." The individual continued, “We chalked it up to our corporate overlords being totally clueless, but although some of us felt a bit guilty at the moment, surely no one wanted anyone else’s half-eaten piece of two-inch sub.”
The comments section was drowned in frustration from Reddit users about the entire situation and their own similar experiences. u/PsychedelicMagic1840 shared her company’s experience of a barbecue celebration where they were told that “everything would be supplied” but a week later “the mystery list” arrived which consisted of all the things that employees were expected to bring to the “free barbeque." They ended up bringing their own supplies and food to the event. On the day of the barbecue, the employees underwent two hours of meeting with a consultancy group about “working together and teamwork” and by the time the meeting was done, the managers had “cooked up and eaten most of the meat, drank all the alcohol” and peeled all the coverall that was protecting the desserts allowing it to melt and be covered in flies.
The user added, “Most of us just walked back to our offices. We got an email the next day complaining about nothing being cleaned up, and teams to be organized to do this.” More comments have narrated similar experiences about the unrealistic expectations that a company’s management sets for its employees, making them feel demotivated to work in such places.