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Loose-Leaf Becomes Lose-Leaf

, , , , | Working | May 29, 2018

(I really enjoy drinking tea, and prefer loose-leaf tea. I keep a couple of air-tight, cylindrical containers full of tea in my office. I have just restocked one with some black tea pearls. This is tea that is compressed and shaped like little balls, which expand as they steep. I have just come back from a meeting to find a coworker in my office dumping my tea into the trash.)

Me: “What are you doing?!”

Coworker: “I was hungry and I saw you putting snacks in your snack jar, so I ate a few but they’re rotten. I’m throwing them out so no one else gets sick.”

Me: “Out! Get out! Don’t ever touch my things. If you’re hungry, bring your own food!”

Coworker: “I’m just doing you a favor; you could say, ‘Thank you.'”

Me: “No! You just tossed over a $100 worth of tea in the garbage!”

Coworker: “Well, it tastes awful, so you’re welcome.”

(She then flounced out, and still refuses to see that she did anything wrong. Thankfully, my garbage was empty and just had a clean plastic bag in it, so I was able to rescue my tea. On the bright side, she now gives me, and my office, a wide berth because of my negative attitude.)

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