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Office Refrigerator Sends Seven Workers to Hospital

I'm Asking: What Does It Look Like Inside Your Office Fridge?

My reaction was disgust, but not total shock, when I heard a hazmat team was called in after a brave worker attempted to clean out an office refrigerator full of old food. The fumes from moldy lunches coupled with the cleaning chemicals sent seven employees to the hospital, and 28 others required treatment for nausea and vomiting. Can you imagine how gross that fridge must have been?

Perhaps you can imagine it. I've come across some really nasty collections of rotten food in office refrigerators, though none that sent anyone to the hospital. What do you see when you open your office fridge — total chaos or relative order?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
ours is mostly drinks and rarely has leftover food. However, someone did recently leave a fast food cup in there and it leaked all over the place. Whoever did it obviously didn't own up to it because I had to clean it.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Ours is pretty good. Stuff without names gets thrown out.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ours is actually pretty decent. Most people just use it to store their lunch, so they take out what they put in every day. The meat drawer is full of soy sauces and mustards from Chinese takeout, but that's about the extent of things. My husband's office has a really bad fridge...people are always leaving stuff in there too long and the lady who cleans it always puts an announcement out for people to clean out their stuff or she'll throw it out. I'm also guessing that the nausea/vomiting from this fridge cleaning came more from the combo of cleaning chemicals than the moldy food, but it's still gross.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
In my company we have several refrigerators, but everybody just stuffs everything in their and sometimes it's hard to get the doors to close because of it. More often than not, I have to hunt for my lunch bag because it will pushed back or moved somewhere else. It's pretty annoying but, clean-wise it's not terrible. The cleaning crew cleans it out regularly.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Crazy story. We don't have this problem at my office. One of my co-workers is OCD about some things, so she always cleans the fridge out once a week even if it doesn't need it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's so funny that this story came out. we have a group of folks that clean out our fridge from time to time and they just sent a note to take out what ever you want other wise it'll get tossed. ours is kind of gross though. people just completely forget what's in there. i bring my own insulated lunch bag with ice packs to keep at my desk cause we also have fridge thieves who take whatever they want even if it's not theirs.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Considering I think this place is the cause of my forever being sick (I never used to be till I started here) Can we say sick building syndrome? I know our fridge probably has 8 month old food, expired salad dressing and that's just a few things...
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
Our office fridge is really clean. People are really good about eating the food they put in there or bringing their leftovers home. Plus, our office assistant is good at cleaning it out.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I'll bet they laid off the person who used to clean it.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I can image it happening. Because it was getting so bad in our office, the cleaning crew now throws out everything on Friday nights. It's been so much better.
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