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Today I had the first food pusher of the season

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today, one of my teammates came by with a box of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Mint pretzels. I tried to turn it down but she insisted. Then I tried only taking half of one and she pushed until I agreed to take the second half for later. Unfortunately, I couldn't resist and I ate the first half and they are much better than I thought so now polishing off the second one. Why do people do that to you? She is young, thin and quite pretty. I just don't know. I suspect that she brought them in and wanted to get them out of her office.

I guess I'm lucky that this is the first one of the season.
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    Maybe next time, you could just say, "Sorry, I'm watching what I eat." and "I can't. Let someone else have it." If they leave it in your office when you're not there, you could hand it to a homeless person. If it's unopened, you can also give it to a food bank. Homeless people, and others experiencing food scarcity, can use the calories. Likely your office mate has had no experience with gaining weight, so she doesn't know how hard it can be to lose it. If this happened all the time, I'd say to have a talk with her. But if it's just once a year, you can easily give the unwanted food away. Or let her know a nonfood gift would be more appreciated.
    1204 days ago
    I think she was just trying to be generous and nice. It's the holiday season and I honestly think that people like that get hurt when you turn down their food gifts. I usually take it and throw it in the trash when the person leaves.
    1217 days ago
    I like Slenderella's idea, LOL!

    I tend to either tell people I have weird allergies (which I do), or if it's chocolate I make sure none of the things I'm allergic to are in there and I'll try it. In the case of the pretzel, I'd probably eat off the chocolate and throw away the actual pretzel!
    1218 days ago
    Who knows why she did it. I've become ruthless. When folks insist on leaving something with me that I've politely declined, I feel absolutely no guilt in tossing it as soon as possible. I didn't want it. I didn't ask for it. They insisted. Into the trash it goes ... PRONTO.
    1218 days ago
    Just say, "I'm allergic to that. I break out in fat!!" That should get a laugh and get you off the hook!! Best wishes for handling Food pushers this season.
    1218 days ago
    I don't get food pushers either. I once had a friend who always wanted to stop for dessert. Now I've never been much of a dessert person so it was more about not wanting it than about the calories. I always offered to have a cup of coffee and sit with her while she had dessert but no, she wanted me to share it. Nope, I wasn't having any of that. Notice that I said I ONCE had a friend - guess she found others who liked to share desserts.
    1218 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    I don't know why they do that and at least this was worth it!
    1218 days ago
    I agree with BJK: stick to your guns even if you have to be rude. Start with the "No, thanks.", then the "I really don't want any.". After that, that's when I do "I mean it. I don't want some. Thank you." and I give a look of "Are you listening?" with no smile. Suggest the item is left in the break room. Remember, the pusher is the one at fault, not you.

    1218 days ago
  • BJK1961
    Stick to your guns! Be rude if you have to. Insisting you partake is rude in the first place.
    1218 days ago
    I do part of that. I did part of that. When I was working I would do all the baking that I wanted (I love to bake); leave a few bits at home (neither Dearly Beloved or I needed it) and put the rest in the lounge for whomever wanted some. But I did not make people take any of anything. I just had napkins or any other necessary things beside the container. People could take or not take but it was out of my house. I have also taken food from pushers and after they left squirted hand sanitizer on it to put in the trash. That way there was no way I was trash diving for it later.
    1218 days ago
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