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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 out...no 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.

                            1. Yes, pretty gross, never know where those fingers were before touching a perfectly good donut. Take the whole thing, eat what you want and ditch the rest.

                              1. Half doughnuts are the best. All the calories leak out of the break (or go with the first half), so they're guilt-free.

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                                1. re: ricepad

                                  Donut holes are even better. They have negative calories!

                                  1. re: JMF

                                    someone once called them "fat pills" for a name of doughnut holes.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      and eat them standing up and you're officially on a diet!

                                      1. My boss at my previous job and I had an idea on which we never acted. We thought that, if you placed a webcam unobtrusively in the "break room", that the persons who would cut a donut in half would eventually come back when no one was watching and get the other half.

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                                        1. re: jmckee

                                          No doubt. My desk is placed so that when my office door is open, I have a clear line of sight to the table in our small break room where donuts, etc. are placed. Repeat offenders, for sure.

                                          1. re: jmckee

                                            I think I've more often seen folks who want two flavors. Half of one, half of another. But we don't seem to mind that around my place.

                                            1. re: debbiel

                                              I'm surprised no bakery has come up w/ double flavored doughnuts as in two halfs, not both across the whole.

                                          2. I tend to agree this is not great office etiquette. Also, the cut ends of donuts can get pretty dried out. If I want a smaller portion of something I find someone to share with.
                                            I'm not a germaphobe but I get that certain things like half-eaten donuts are unappealing to a lot of people, which is where the office etiquette comes in - it's not just about your needs and boundaries. If you don't like the "rules", don't eat the (half) donuts.

                                            1. I worked in the same place for 25 years. In that time there was only 1 time where something left on the breakroom table went uneaten. A woman made some sort of pumpkin puree rolled up cake and it sat for 2 days untouched. She never lived it down as we were sure any pile of crap left on that table would be devoured within minutes. Half eaten donuts? No problem.

                                              1. We must work at the same place! and it drives me nuts too. Muffins, donuts

                                                1. I see no problem with this at all. Would you be happier if they took a whole doughnut, ate half of it and threw the other half away?
                                                  Personally i do it, and i also eat the halves that are left behind.

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                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                    > Would you be happier if they took a whole doughnut, ate half of it and threw the other half away?

                                                    Yes, that is exactly what would make the OP happier: "I say take the whole thing and throw out half if you must."

                                                    I don't think I will ever understand how some people have zero problems with intentionally wasting food.

                                                    1. re: DeppityDawg

                                                      oh yeah. just re-read the OP. I don't get it

                                                  2. What kind of person purchases a dozen donuts to share and doesn't provide a plastic knife so the recipients can in turn share halves and quarters with their co workers?

                                                    Donut rules? Who knew.

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                                                    1. re: Bellachefa

                                                      No joke. A dozedn do-nuts are fine if you work with 12 people. Otherwise, do like Bella suggests.

                                                    2. I can't believe how persnickety people are being about pre-divided doughnuts. Every place I have ever worked people would eat anything that didn't walk away from them first. But what a nice idea, to cut doughnuts up in quarters, a priori, so that people can either just eat a little bit or can sample all six kinds.

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                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                        This is the sort of place I work too. The chief resident brought in bagels and donuts from the day before, announced that they were old, and they disappeared in 5 minutes.

                                                      2. Buy smaller donuts?

                                                        Or maybe just donut holes? Nobody, and I mean *nobody*, cuts those in half.

                                                        Problem. Solved.

                                                        1. perhaps while wearing a hazmat suit and surgical gloves you could quarter the gift of your donuts with a sterilized surgical scalpel.

                                                          1. I just lick them all and leave a note about it so I can take my pick of whichever I like throughout the day.

                                                            1. I'll bet all of those doughnuts are gone by the end of the workday. Halves or not.

                                                              1. The first lady just started a new program
                                                                no half donut left behind.

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                                                                  1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                    Any day I can make someone "LMAO" an angel gets it's wings.

                                                                1. and they were singing,
                                                                  buy buy half donut buy buy
                                                                  took a coffee with the donut but the breakroom was dry
                                                                  good ole boys drinking lattes and tea
                                                                  singin this will be the day that that she threw
                                                                  another half donut down the loo

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                                                                  1. At our office we keep a can of Lysol spray right near where people leave store-bought donuts. If anyone takes only half a donut, he or she sprays the remaining half with the Lysol, This ensures that it will be safe to eat the remaining donut even though it may have momentarily been contaminated by the touch of human hands,

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                                                                    1. re: chowyadoin99

                                                                      Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Ellen only sold muffin tops because no one wanted the muffin stumps.

                                                                    2. I have no problem with this. People often cut baked goods I half at my work, usually leaving the knife behind. The presence of halves doesn't seem to bother anyone.

                                                                      If someone doesn't want to eat a half, but that is all that is left, they wouldn't have had it anyway if the first person had taken the whole doughnut and then tossed half. So, I see no harm to leaving half.

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                                                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                                                        My favorite with the baked goods, usually cake, is when it gets near the end and no one wants to be the person who eats the last piece (which comes with an unwritten obligation to clean up) so that "last" piece keeps getting cut in half over and over again until just the tiniest sliver is left on the plate.

                                                                        1. re: bobbert

                                                                          AAAARGH! I hate that! ::apoplexy::

                                                                      2. People do this all the time in my office and no one seems to mind, the other half is inevitably eaten. What is annoying is the guy who insists on cutting an apple in half, taking half and leaving the other half...

                                                                        1. People do this at my work and I find it hilarious. But considering the net investment it doesn't really bother me. And we are a close-knit store team so I sometimes just eat it. ;-)

                                                                          1. I agree, it's not a very nice thing to do, ugh!

                                                                            In the 80s a dear friend of mine worked for a recording studio. Someone brought in a box of doughnuts when CSN&Y were recording. One member of the band took a bite out of every doughnut and put them neatly back into the box before anyone else had a chance to take one. Any guesses who it was? ;)

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                                                                            1. re: thingmaker

                                                                              Crosby, looking for a "powdered" donut.

                                                                                1. re: thingmaker

                                                                                  i can picture him like a big walrus with powdered sugar all over his mustache. what a jerky thing for him to do.

                                                                              1. re: thingmaker

                                                                                no, but I used to work with a jackhat who would break into every chocolate in a box to see what the filling was.

                                                                                At least she used a knife rather than sticking her finger in them all, but we were ready to kill her.

                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                  I had a friend who took a bite out of every chocolate in the box, so his little brother wouldn't take any. They were like 13 and 10.

                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                    we actually had a conversation as to whether our colleague was 6 or 8....

                                                                                2. I can clearly tell the difference between a donut that has been cut in half and one that has a bite of it. In my office no one has an issue with the half a donut. We do the same with bagels too. A whole Bruegger bagel is HUGE! add cream cheese and that is way too much food for many in my office. Its SOP to see half bagels on the tray.

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                                                                                  1. Well, "the girls all get prettier at closing time" and that half-donut starts to get more appealing as one get hungrier during the day. ;)

                                                                                    Not bothered at all by halfsies. :)

                                                                                    1. Buy holes.
                                                                                      Problemo solved!

                                                                                      1. Call me a glutton but I only leave a 1/4 of the donut behind. I consider it my calling card "I was here and this is what I had".

                                                                                        1. I'll eat half a donut... it's not as if they used their teeth to rip it apart - cake donuts break easily, sometimes when you don't even want them to. I'm not paranoid about food unless it's something that should be refrigerated and it's sitting around at room temperature...

                                                                                          1. It doesn't bother me at all (unless there are bite marks on the half left behind) ;-)

                                                                                            1. Ha - a month ago we just received an office wide email informing staff that when there's food in the office such as doughnuts, muffins, bagels, etc. to either take a whole or find someone immediately to split the item with and under no circumstance leave a half.

                                                                                              So there's always that option. In our office in particular whether folks are germaphobes or whatnot - those halves would remain untouched.

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                                                                                              1. re: cresyd

                                                                                                Lol. Jeebus. Your management team sounds like something from a sitcom. :o

                                                                                                1. re: cresyd

                                                                                                  Wow. I hope it is an otherwise pleasant place to work. That kind of office email/policy would be a workplace turn off for me.

                                                                                                  1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                    In general the place isn't that "Office-y" - so if anything the fact that we were sent like 3 emails about stuff like that on one way was more of a humorous aberration.

                                                                                                    For better or worse, when a cake or brownies are brought to the office, the items are eaten. When doughnuts or bagels are brought, the items were being cut/torn in half and the remainder not eaten. And now the issue has largely been resolved. Completely petty and ridiculous at the time, but perhaps no better or worse than just having people complain about the issue.

                                                                                                    1. re: cresyd

                                                                                                      So three emails later, the items are tossed immediately rather than later. I wonder how much time was spent on that issue from management?

                                                                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                                                                        Oh no, it was 3 emails about various kitchen area etiquette. One of them just happened to be about not cutting/tearing items in half.

                                                                                                  2. re: cresyd

                                                                                                    What if someone brought in a cake? And, how would that be different, if the person used a knife for a doughnut or a cake?

                                                                                                    1. re: cresyd

                                                                                                      Talking about strange workplace emails: a year or so ago, we got an email telling us where and how we could carry coffee in a cup. For certain areas -- no carrying coffee; other areas -- OK to carry coffee but only in a cup that has a lid; and yet other areas -- OK to carry coffee in a cup with or without a lid. As far as any of us could tell, it was sent in all seriousness.

                                                                                                      1. re: drongo

                                                                                                        We got an email not too long ago informing us to be careful with how we carry our cups as well and we should make a conscious effort to “lid” our hot drinks. However, we had an accident where someone was rushing around a corner and slammed into a colleague spilling their freshly brewed tea all over that person. The person unfortunately did get burned.

                                                                                                        1. re: pumpkinspice

                                                                                                          Yes, sounds like a similar scenario. Our email did come from the Safety, Health & Environment (SHE who must be obeyed) department, not from management. Ours was very long and detailed about where we could do what...

                                                                                                          1. re: drongo

                                                                                                            mrs. rumpole of the food police. ;-).

                                                                                                        2. re: drongo

                                                                                                          Do you work in an office??

                                                                                                          I worked in a hospital for several years and we were required to always cover food and drinks when transporting them from the cafeteria. All food, sodas, coffee had to have a layer of plastic wrap or lid over them, though you could sometimes get away with paper towels. Our office was located just down the hall from the cafeteria--on a floor of the hospital with absolutely no patient rooms, just food and conference rooms--but we still had to abide the rules.

                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                            I am a scientist working in the research division of a pharma company (yes, the dreaded Big Pharma). The labs have always been off limits for food or drink, so the email about coffee was not related to labs, but rather to office spaces, stairs, hallways, external walkways, parking lots.

                                                                                                            1. re: drongo

                                                                                                              God forbid you spill some coffee in the parking lot.

                                                                                                          2. re: drongo

                                                                                                            Yes…the fact that we got three "kitchen behavior" emails in one day from HR definitely implied the "very serious nature" of the emails - but given how lax the office is in general (we're a nonprofit, and for our specific work - no clients/general public go to the office) it felt like a bit of a joke.

                                                                                                            Sadly, while everyone has clearly been towing the "no half doughnut" line - all of the very practical stuff about the dirty dishes and the dishwasher has gone entirely ignored.

                                                                                                        3. I was pretty happy today to find a 1/4 doughnut in the box on the counter. i just wanted a bite to kill the craving, and didn't have the willpower to not eat an entire one.

                                                                                                          1. ..........read that wrong, I you buy 4 and get full then leave the other 2 in the box and walk out.

                                                                                                            wouldn't be very tempting to eat one that has been torn, if someone wants only a part, can't they cut if in half at least?


                                                                                                            got pushed into (not) Tim Horton's and ordered 13 TimBits Sunday night with a huge coffee latte. I admit to not leaving any of them behind ;:-/

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                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                              "I ***thought** you buy 4" ...

                                                                                                              proofread, just proofread iD

                                                                                                            2. The other half is routinely consumed at my work place.

                                                                                                              1. Like others, I will eat the other half. Why does it matter to you if they leave half in the box or throw it out?

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                                                                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                  I think it's tacky to see a half donut in the box.

                                                                                                                2. Maybe the people who invented "Donut Holes" will invent "Half Donuts". "Demi Donuts!"

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                                                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                      Actually, TimBits ARE donut holes. (Or Munchkins, as DD calls them.) Not what Motosport had in mind.

                                                                                                                  1. Must be the same person that leaves an opened, folded over, 1/2 an envelope of hot cocoa at the coffee station. They only needed 1/2 an envelope to go with that 1/2 doughnut. ;-).

                                                                                                                    1. Maybe bring Cheerios for the people that want half-a-doughnut.. because Cheerios are doughnuts for mice!

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                                                                                                                      1. I'll put this on the list of things that don't bother me. I don't mind half cookies either. If a half is available I'll probably grab that first. I don't really even care how you do it. I'm just easy that way I guess.

                                                                                                                        1. My husband and I are both teachers and often have a laugh about this. It doesn't matter what you put in the staff room, with a group of primarily women who (unlike me) have difficulty living on the wild side and eating a whole doughnut, inevitably someone will cut whatever it is in half. You could bring Hershey's kisses, someone would unwrap one and then cut it in half.

                                                                                                                          Me, I eat the whole doughnut. I'd probably eat a half if the knife were sitting right there. I might cut a muffin because sometimes they are so large and I know they are 800 calories (unlike doughnuts, which are usually 300-400). But I'd leave the knife beside so others knew I cut it with the knife.

                                                                                                                          1. I can't remember a thread where so many disagreed with the premise of the OP more than this one. Sorry for the run-on sentence.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                              Half donuts for all! Some of dubious provenance.

                                                                                                                            2. i guess that i'm the odd person who WILL eat the other half of a donut.
                                                                                                                              why in the world not?
                                                                                                                              does it become magically poisonous because someone broke it in half?
                                                                                                                              how come i haven't gotten sick or died yet from this magical poison?
                                                                                                                              why should someone eat more than they want?
                                                                                                                              why should wasting the other have be viewed as the other alternative?
                                                                                                                              this whole view of donut etiquette seems strange to me.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                                                you aren't the odd person. About 118 other posts agree with your POV.

                                                                                                                              2. see my mom is a teacher.... this would not happen.. they eat anything in lounge.. once to prove this point I took a bag of stuffing mix that got left behind in her room after a food drive poured it in a bowl stirred in some microwaved popcorn ,,, and set in the middle of the table with a paper cup as scoop... Mom said it was gone by noon... Soooooooo a torn in half doughnut would be manna to them

                                                                                                                                1. I hate to see this also. Bagels too. Not being germ-phobic, if I saw an unusual number of 'remainers' left from donuts I brought in. I would take them home with me to make bread pudding.

                                                                                                                                  1. Perhaps the person bringing in the doughnuts, bagels, etc. should cut them all in half before putting them out. Problem solved.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                                      Doing so suggests that someone should only take a half.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                          That wouldn't stop me!! I'd get my 4 halves!!

                                                                                                                                      1. I agree,who wants to eat after someone else you don't know. That's just rude.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                            I worked in a large office building, an office suite with a shared kitchen. I didn't know half the folks working on that floor, since most were tech and marketing start ups. In and out all the time. The couple businesses that flanked my office, sure I knew them well and they were established businesses. If someone left some food for sharing in the kitchen -- no way. Believe it or not, most of the "kids" hired by the other companies were complete slobs and left the kitchen in shambles. Apparently didn't realize that a shared kitchen isn't a dorm. I would eat breakfast at home anyway, and those celebration lunch leftovers - nope, not interested thanks anyway...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                                              Yeah, that becomes a whole other issue -- sorry, hadn't thought of that scenario.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                Yes, pretty bad. Imagine a Keurig so gross that you wouldn't want to put a k-cup in it. Ick! Thank goodness there was a coffee shop on the first floor.

                                                                                                                                        1. I firmly stand on the side that things sharing food is social behavior and wasting food is not. Leave a plastic knife in the box and let people enjoy a little treat.

                                                                                                                                          1. This was in the kitchen where i work today. As you can see there is one whole muffin, and probably 7/8 of a second muffin with a plastic knife stuck in it. This was put in the kitchen around 1:00, leftover from a breakfast. I went back into the kitchen around an hour later and both were gone.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                I'd be interested in seeing what would happen if someone left cookies, one w/ an obvious bite taken out of it...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                  I think my co-workers would cut around the bite

                                                                                                                                                2. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                  That looks like the King Arthur muffin, "If yee can pull this plastic knife from the mighty Excalibur Muffin, yee shall be the true King of the Realm of the Lunch Room".

                                                                                                                                                3. After having read these replies, I'm wondering what would happen if your *favorite* donut was the only one halved in the bunch and all the others were left whole? Do you throw caution to the wind and take the halved one then, or do you take a whole boring one instead? I love Boston cream donuts ... *any* percentage of one is fine. Same goes for crullers.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                    I think it's especially tacky to take half of a donut that has cream or jelly filling.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                        ...or if it's a lopsided donut and you leave the half w/o filling.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                            I'm pretty sure you'd never find a jury that would find someone guilty for smacking the shit out of somebody who did that.

                                                                                                                                                            Justifiable violence!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                              Horizontal cut on a donut ... immediate beat down.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                my mom has said there are people that leave the bottom part of bagels and muffins quite offten

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                  At my work the bottom of the bagel is often what is left. There will be a box of just bottoms.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                    Taking half is one thing but taking the better half is rude. Reminds me of my BIL who actually cut the whole center out of a cake because he didn't want the end piece.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                      Geebus, seriously??? Did anyone ever say anything to him about doing that?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                        My SIL said jokingly, "OMG, I love how your husband just took the best part of the cake to take home" to her sister who rolled her eyes at him. But he never gets it. He's the one who announced as we're passing dishes around the table "Hey, can you grab one of the better rolls that have extra butter on top" to make sure he gets the best before the dish gets to him. He's married into a chinese family and it's always like shades of Joy Luck Club.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                        I remember Bill Cosby doing that on his sit-com. I think he stuffed the hole with paper towels and rearranged the icing to cover it. Mrs. Huxtable noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                                                                                                                                          To me, the better half of the bagel IS the bottom, especially when toasted.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                          i want to find those people because the bottom part is my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I used to have no issue with the leftover half. Until the time the leftover half was a donut with chocolate icing, broken not cut, with a large nicely defined thumbprint in the icing.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. You could put a sign next to the box, and ask that if someone only wants half, that they give the other half to their closest desk mate, or bring it back to their desk to split with someone, in front of witnesses? Just a thought, and I feel your pain -- I hate to see good food, and generosity, disrespected.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Speaking for myself, if I break half off, I do expect someone else will take the other half. I am also willing to take a half donut that has been left by someone else.

                                                                                                                                                                    The people who break off half a donut, leave the other half because they think it is wasteful to throw it away.

                                                                                                                                                                    But....if you are really bothered by this, why bring in donuts (or even doughnuts)? Bring in things that can't be divided. Like soup, or M&Ms.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 512window

                                                                                                                                                                      Nothing like a nice tureen of soup on the old breakroom table:-)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bobbert

                                                                                                                                                                        At least if someone takes half a portion, no one else ever knows!

                                                                                                                                                                        I bring in lots of things to our breakroom, only thing that ever got me riled up was one person running off with two full shopping bags of lemons - about 40pounds.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 512window

                                                                                                                                                                          I might have taken enough for a double batch of limoncello...but I'd have given you a bottle!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I would never break a donut (or other pastry) with my hands, but I often cut one in half, as I don't want the whole thing. Most times those other halves get eaten.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ran across this the other day.