Tuesday, March 04, 2008

So what are you really trying to say?

About once a month our office hires a professional cleaning service to come in and tidy things up. Nothing serious - stuff like dusting, vacuuming, wiping out the microwave etc. And since we're a very small office that doesn't get too dirty, we do a pretty good job of keeping things together between visits.

Or so I thought...

Here's what was attached to our microwave this morning:


Personally I think she's overreacting. And technically - she's just wrong. I mean everyone knows that the microwaves kill the E-Coli in all the old food that is caked on the walls.

Seriously, people who don't understand science should not write things they don't know about.

There's a culture of comedy at humor-blogs.com!

31 comments:

andi said...

Whew. I'm glad she's never seen inside my home microwave... And is that thing about E Coli true? If so, you've just given me a sweet excuse to not clean my microwave (not that I needed one).

Kathy said...

Jeff -- You need to submit that to Passive Aggressive Notes.

Sheesh. Looks like someone had a case of the Mondays. Points if you know what movie that's from.

Jeff said...

Sure, that's true about E-Coli. You read it here and this is on the internet, so it must be true.

kathy - I should have known you'd have a specialty site about that ;-)
I think that line is from Office Space if I'm not mistaken. Amazing movie.

Kathy said...

I got 'em all! And you, sir, are correct. Office Space is in my Top 10. I could probably recite all the dialogue from memory.

Heather said...

You mean you don't have an "anal-retentive office cleaner employee who cleans things compulsively to get out of doing his/her job"?

Bummer.

Mamma said...

Seriously! Everyone knows the microwave kills all the bad (and good) germs.

Though I would have been interested in seeing a photo of the offending microwave. It must have been ba-ad.

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Wow. You all got the smack down.

I bet she's a mom.

Hilly said...

I was going to suggest submitting this to passiveaggressivenotes.com but then I realized it might just be plain aggressive ;)

damon said...

What college kid has his dorm room cleaned?
Kathy's right, perfect for Passive Aggressive notes.

Anonymous said...

In case you want to keep the cleaning lady happy, all you have to do is put a half a glass of water in the microwave, for 4 or 5 minutes, so it boils, and steams it all up, inside, and then wipe it out with a paper towel, BINGO--it's all clean!!! Mom

Elizabeth said...

Uh oh, I think I'm the "anal-retentive office cleaner employee who cleans things compulsively to get out of doing his/her job"

Groovy Mom said...

LOL! I know how the note writer feels, though. I just cleaned my microwave oven. ::::shudders::::

Drowsey Monkey said...

The oddest thing about this ... is that you scanned the note, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Just put a live mouse or snake in the microwave when you leave for the day.-Bill

Drowsey Monkey said...

I have an award for you ... you missed the ceremony but it was pretty boring, you know how those political speeches can be. ;)

Phil said...

All that old caked-on food just adds to the flavor of whatever you're currently cooking.

Try spaghetti-omelette-curry flavored popcorn sometime. Yum!

Theresa said...

There may not be any bacteria, but a crusty microwave is gross. But isn't it the cleaner's job to clean that too? Or does that cost extra?

Shieldmaiden96 said...

I was going to make the same suggestion about steam cleaning it, but I usually put a bowl of water with a little bit of dish soap in it and nuke away. It fills the micro with nice-smelling steam and gets rid of that one-food-smell-behind-what-was-actually-just-heated thing. And it softens all the shrapnel from people who don't know how to put a paper towel over leftover spaghetti so you can wipe it right off.

But as someone who also cleans as a side job, she needs to suck it up. I clean a bathroom in a FIREHOUSE. She'd want Level A Hazmats for that.

Mrs. H said...

I've seen their office, no passive -aggressive there, they deserve anything that lady gives them. Did you tell them about the mouse dear? Now there's a story!

Carla said...

Since we've remodeled the kitchen the microwave is at a height where I can't actually see into it. I am only 5'2", so all I see when I open it up is the ceiling of the inside, I can't even reach it to clean it, Mitch has to do it. bahhhahhhahhh, if indeed it is dirty.
And on another note....eeeuuuuwwww

VE said...

Yummm...microwave shavings. Right from the college days. Just get a metal pie cutter, scrape some onto some white bread and you've got a tasty snack...and no E Coli!

markira said...

You've been blowing things up in the microwave again, haven't you?

bon bon said...

run a batch of soap shavings though your microwave and kiss your food poisoning goodbye!

Mom Thumb said...

Dirty microwaves are gross, and I hate it when my family doesn't cover stuff and it explodes all over. But I'd rather clean the oven than clean the toilet.

That note looks like a six year old wrote it.

Mushy said...

Sounds like where I used to work!

April said...

Mrs. H has intrigued me - I want to know about the mouse!

Sornie said...

Heh. Probably looks just like my microwave pre-marriage. Sounds like a huge overreaction.

Forest Parks said...

That is hilarious. She obviously does not care about losing her job and I think I respect her for that :)

Me and a few friends were staying in a hotel and a friend had a teddy bear with him as a joke. The cleaners kid knapped the bear and left a ransom note in it's place. I wish I still had it!

Karl said...

I have real issues with work microwaves. Can't stand when they're all nasty like that. Or when someone is cooking fish at work. Yuck.

G said...

And they say New Yorkers are bold? Of course, your Mom offers sensible advice. Always listen to your mother!

Hold on there, I've just read some more comments - seems the note was well deserved! I'm switching camps - you better have given her a huge Holiday tip!

jerrychicken said...

Now wait a minute,

You say that the person who left the note is a professional cleaner ?

And he/she left a note telling YOU to clean the microwave oven ?

Does your taxi driver tell you to drive the cab yourself in your neck of the woods ?

You should remind this cleaner how lucky they are to find such a job for life for they are very rare these days...