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New heights of tackiness

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<p>I'm not even sure tacky is the correct word I'm looking for, but...</p>
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<p>My firm is having a pot lunch Thanksgiving lunch in which the employees bring various food from their home.  So, I see someone placing name tags by the food items of whom brought what.  When I asked about the name tags I was told we have some people in our firm who will not eat foods brought by certain employees because they don't consider them clean or they are concerned they might have germs of some sort or another. </p>
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<p>I decided to skip the luncheon and I don't think I'll be participating in any future employee sponsored pot lucks.  I have never heard of such nonsense.</p>
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<p>If someone is a germaphobe to the extent they are concerned about  certain people and what they  may bring, why didn't they just not particpate.</p>
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It's beyond tacky, and, it just points to the handbasket we're sitting firmly in as a society whilst we travel down the road to hell.<br><br>
That one person can make such a fuss and ruin this for everyone else is bullshit. And we allow it.<br><br>
The germaphobe should be the one that does not attend.<br>
Deal is...HR works for the company, not the employees. And I'm not saying that because I don't like's just the way it is.<br><br>
And, their main job is to look out for the company. Think lawsuits and stuff. And if they feel (and I think they were wrong in this case) that it would serve the company better to handle it this way, as opposed to saying to the person "Sorry, we can't ask people to do this", then, that's what ends up happening.<br><br>
I would sort of blame this on HR.<br><br>
They should have manned (or womaned) up and said, "I'm sorry. This is a holiday 'event', that everyone looks forward to each year, it has a history of being friendly, and introducing name tags to the event would make things uncomfortable. If you have an issue with someone's food that the vast majority of others do not, then I would suggest that you do not attend, instead of making the other 30 or so people have to put up with your bullshit".<br><br>
OK...maybe, as an HR rep, I would add the "bullshit" part. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src=""><br><br>
But, basically, I think it was a failure of the HR dept.<br><br>
They took the easy road, instead of the one that was more sensible. And, as I stated before, that's the road to hell in the handbasket I spoke of.
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