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Jun 27, 2014 05:42 AM

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Sometimes I'll bring in a dozen donuts to work for the break room. I hate when people break off half and leave the other half in the box. The other half gets thrown away because nobody wants to speculate how that half remaining donut came to be. And It's not very appealing to look at. Do any of you expect someone else to eat the other half of a doughnut you took? I say take the whole thing and throw out half if you must.

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  1. Completely agree. Or find someone to share the donut with, use a little plastic knife or bakery tissue to break it in half. Or even better, throw caution to the winds: Live A Little! Have the whole donut! A sometime donut won't kill you.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Or save the other half for later?? Surely you will want another half-donut at some point in the next 24 hours.

      1. re: nothingswrong

        I never eat half a donut. :) I might even eat two whole ones!

        1. re: mcsheridan

          You are preaching to the choir, but I'm just trying to imagine what it would be like to be a half-donut-eater :)

          1. re: nothingswrong

            Boggles the mind, doesn't it? (Betcha can't eat just one!)

    2. I would hate it if I brought in a dozen donuts to work and then found 12 half-donuts in the trash. Where I work people would have no problems finishing someone else's donut, if only we had donuts here…

      Maybe you could cut some of the donuts yourself into halves or quarters when you first open the box.

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      1. re: DeppityDawg

        I am a bit squirmy and wouldn't take half of a donut if it appeared someone broke it in two with their bare hands. That being said, it was a "clean" cut with a knife, no problem! I'd eat it without hesitation.

        1. re: pumpkinspice

          What, you don't think your disease-ridden coworker didn't hold the donut in place with one hand while slicing it with a knife held in the other? It's a groundless fear, IMO. I worked in a large office; when donuts were brought in, I had no problem taking a half and no one else ever hesitated either. These were not people who'd have hesitated to object if they thought it was in any way wrong.

          1. re: greygarious

            I have seen some really disgusting bathroom habits which have created this monster in me! It's all in my mind I know but can't help how I feel.

            1. re: pumpkinspice

              Well, the knobs and latches on doors are more likely to carry cooties (from many dozens of people over a long period of time) than a half doughnut (from one or two people, once or twice).

            2. re: greygarious

              given the lack of tabloid headlines shrieking about the deaths (or even illnesses) of people struck down by eating donuts with cooties, I'm putting it on the list of stuff I'm just not going to spend much time or energy stressing over.

        2. You obviously don't work around a lot of male co-workers.

          A lot of the female staff here will shun donutes or only eat half of one.

          Usually by late morning, ALL of the donuts are gone, be they whole, half or quarter. We have plastic cutlery around so we all know how they were divided.

          If donuts are left after mid morning, we take them back to the guys back on the repair floor where they are DEVOURED within minutes.

          Not many food phobes, germ phobes here that that fear that co-workers will in any way harm what they eat.

          When we do summer catered cookouts for lunch for the whole building including the shop guys, you should see what goes down. You;d think those guys had not eaten for a week.
          They don't go by the "5 second rule," and fear germs, "they go by the 5 minute rule," and for some, the "5 hour rule."

          If they saw one of the attractive girls in the office tear a donut in half, not only would they eat the opther half, but be both honored and turned on to do so.

          The world is full of all types. LOLZ.
          But true.

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          1. re: jjjrfoodie

            throwing scraps to the worker bees, very nice. May be you need to spend a week with the guys who actually work for a living.

            1. re: genoO

              if I'm buying donuts for the office, I buy donuts for the folks out in the plant, too.

              1. re: genoO


                throwing scraps to the worker bees, very nice. May be you need to spend a week with the guys who actually work for a living.



                Hahahaha, FAR from that.

                They see their fair share of free food, but when the floor has over 75 hourly assembly employees and the front office 30, it gets expenive for donutes for all. Even on a Forune 100 budget.

                Hell, I even bring a dozen donuts in to my car delaership's service dept. when I get work done ,which equates to about once every other month or every quater.

                Sure they can buy thier own f&*^ing donuts, but you should see how fast those fly out of the box and how fast the word spreds back to the service bays.

                But then again, I gues trying to be kind and generous is another good deed that does not go unpunished by some.

                Oh well. To each their own.

                1. re: jjjrfoodie

                  I get what you were saying.

                  Occasionally if I'm out late and see men working on the roads or freeways here in L.A., I'll swing by an all-night donut shop and get them a dozen, maybe a big to-go carton of coffee too. I'm talking like 2 or 3 AM. They will all stop what they're doing and come have a warm donut and cup of coffee. My mother used to do this when I was a kid. She would tell me these men worked their butts off in the cold, and why not do something to brighten up their night? City workers here actually get paid quite a decent salary, but it's just an act of kindness. I've done the same for policemen working late at a crime scene. Some of them make triple what I make in a year, but they are so appreciative. I think anyone would be happy to see some warm pastries and coffee when they're stuck outside in the cold.

                  And back to the germ thing--they all dig into those donuts with no regard for germs. I find it endearing.

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    I've always fed the guys who show up to work on my house...

                    A few years ago, the landlord of the place we were living was having all the trees trimmed on the property, and the landscapers showed up on a seriously nasty day -- howling wind, cold, raining off and on...

                    I've never seen a happier bunch of guys than when I rounded the corner carrying a huge thermal pitcher full of coffee and a fresh loaf of banana bread.

                    I bought a cooler full of Gatorade and a big box of cookies for the guys who offloaded my furniture when I returned to Florida, too.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      That's sweet. I do the same. I ALWAYS bring the gardeners and landscapers, plumbers, electrician, etc. cold drinks when it's hot out. I just feel this weird guilt sitting inside in the A/C while they work on my house in the heat!

                    2. re: nothingswrong

                      As a cop, I generally won't take food from citizens (or do, politely thank them, and throw it out later) but when a massive storm came thru a couple years ago and we were stuck on all day shifts directing traffic since the traffic lights were down, I was so grateful for the people who dropped off Gatorade and fruit and other food. Oddly, my agency only provided pizza and soda. It was 100 degrees one ate it. Germs? We couldn't have cared less!

                      1. re: Hobbert

                        and honestly, I get that.

                        Cold, factory-sealed Gatorade is one thing...but a lot of things could happen to stuff that isn't sealed.

                        1. re: Hobbert

                          I understand that. I've actually had cops ask me to go buy them some coffee before though, just as a pedestrian walking by an accident scene. I worked for the LA police academy for a while as a "freelance" instructor. I'm not sure if they can smell it on me or what.

                          There was an incident a couple years ago where I witnessed a horrific traffic accident in Hollywood. A teenage boy hit and killed a pedestrian (a drunk tourist trying to run across a 6-lane street in Friday night traffic). I had come back to give a statement and one officer mentioned he was exhausted and cold and could use a cup of coffee. It seemed the right thing to do to go find him some! The only place open (it was like 2 AM) was a 7-11 but I got the guy there to give me 2 pots of fresh coffee, cream, sugar, etc. plus a few packages of cookies for the police. They then invited me to sit around the squad car and chow down with them.

                          The poor teenager who'd hit the pedestrian was inconsolable. I instead went and sat with him, gave him a hug and let him cry on my shoulder for a bit. It was a sad situation.

                          1. re: Hobbert

                            I wondered about this. I've brought home made cookies to the electrical guys during an outage and wondered if they went in the trash. I've thought of doing it for fire fighters but wondered if they'd be eaten.

                            1. re: chowser

                              I'm a volunteer EMT and the treats people drop off at the firehouse definitely get eaten- just not by me because I'm a paranoid weirdo due to work :)

                              1. re: Hobbert

                                My nephew just became a firefighter so the best net is to send them in with him, I guess. We also shipped to soldiers and I'm sure those ended in the trash.

                                1. re: chowser

                                  If the cookies were still edible, I could almost guarantee they were eaten by the soldiers.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Take it from the aunt of an airman who did a stint in Afghanistan--even if they were inedible they got eaten.

                                2. re: Hobbert

                                  That is good to know! I've always wondered about the firemen too.

                                  I would think if you lived in a smaller town and got to know some of the firemen, this would go over better. I live in Los Angeles and there are 3 fire stations within 5-10 miles of my house. I've always assumed if I dropped off a plate of anything there, they'd take it politely and toss it as soon as I drove away. God only knows how many weirdos they encounter during the day.

                                3. re: chowser

                                  Can I join you in the Paranoid Weirdo group? My students' homemade food goes straight into the trash (when they're not looking.)

                              2. re: nothingswrong

                                I have always done the same for nurses and hospital staff. My dad needed long term care at a rehab place and nothing brightened their day than a box of joe and a dozen donuts in the AM or a big bag of M&M's and the like in the afternoon. Later on when my mom was in assisted living it was the same thing.

                                To this day I try to swing by the neo-natal or cancer wards with treats. And I have to say none of them have ever worried about germs. Granted I don't bring home made but they will dig into those munchkins w/o a second thought!

                                1. re: foodieX2

                                  That's very nice of you! My parents are doctors and I try to swing by each of their offices with homemade goodies at least once a month. My mom's nurses love my hand pies and pastries, and my dad's nurses love cookies or brownies. I guess they trust the homemade aspect since my parents can vouch for me, but boy, if there's one profession that seems to adore sweets in the afternoon, it's nurses!

                        2. Eat a half doughnut, no problem! Someone may have broke it with bare hands, no problem!
                          I may want to eat a whole doughnut but want to try two types.
                          If you start worrying about that type of thing you'll go nuts and never eat anything anywhere.
                          Just think about this: You get seated at a booth in a restaurant. Inevitably your hands touch the seat where several people parked their butts before you. YUCK, if you dwell on it.
                          As my godfather (going strong at 95) says: If it does not kill you it makes you stronger.

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                          1. re: Motosport

                            Amen. Get over the germophobia and eat the damn doughnut. When I was in the third grade, "cooties" might have been an issue, but I grew up.

                          2. When I brought donuts, I'd cut some of them in half or even quarters. People can always take 2 halves if they want.

                            I don't eat donuts at all these days but back when, I would take a cut half but not a hand torn half. Leave the knife in the box to reinforce the fact that a clean one was used and encourage other potential halfers to cut.