Being Cheap Isn’t Always Trashy, But…

, , , , , | Working | June 10, 2021

I started working at a new contract a week ago and everyone in my office is very friendly and quick to tell a joke. I personally am VERY cheap, since I donate all my excess income to charity, and the more I can save, the more I can give to those that need it more than I. The others have already deduced I’m cheap, I am quite open about it, and we have been good-naturedly joking about it.

Me: “If it’s free, I’ll take it. Everyone knows free food magically tastes better!”

Coworker #1: “Yeah, I get that. I’d take almost anything that is free, too, unless it’s someone’s free trash or something. They can keep that.”

Me: “I don’t know, I’m so addicted to free stuff that I might even take that just on principle.”

Later that day, some of my coworkers go to try out a new food truck. They like their main meal, but all of them complain that the French fries are too soggy.

Me: “Well, if your fries are that terrible, I’ll make the sacrifice and eat them for you so you don’t have to.”

Coworker #2: “Oh, you should have said something sooner. I just threw the last of mine out. They’re still in the trash if you want them.”

Me: “That’s okay. I think even I have my limits.”

Coworker #2: “No, really. I wrapped them up in the wrapper before throwing them away, and the trash can is empty. They’re no dirtier than if I’d left them sitting on my desk.”

I check and, sure enough, they are completely wrapped up tight, sitting in the bottom of a clean and newly-bagged trash can.

Me: “Okay, sure. Why not?” *Turning to [Coworker #1]* “I guess that answers our earlier debate. Yes, I will even accept someone’s free trash.”

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