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Top 10 etiquette rules for using the microwave at work

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Let’s just get right down to it:

  1. Fish. Really, why do people do this? It will stink up your ENTIRE department. Please cease and desist this practice immediately.
  2. Broccoli. Please see above.
  3. Popcorn. Hello fire alarm. 9 times outta 10 it will get burned and your hospital’s chief nursing officer will threaten to take away all your microwaves.
  4. Aluminum foil. I thought this one was obvious but someone proved me wrong the other day. Hint: It sparks.
  5. Anything pumpkin. Why? Because it makes me want to eat an entire pumpkin pie. Smells too yummy.
  6. Spaghetti. (Unless you put a lid on it.) It splatters EVERYWHERE and then looks like some kind of Kenmore crime scene for the next person who uses it.
  7. Pita bread. This is for your own good. It is a fine line between warm, yummy pita bread and a hockey puck.
  8. Tomato soup. (see number 6).
  9. Styrofoam cups. They melt and stink when they melt. Really badly.
  10. Apple pie (see number 5). The exception to this one is if you bring enough for me. Then please, heat away. And I hope you brought some ice cream to go with it.

Got any other items or rules to add to this list?

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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6 Responses to Top 10 etiquette rules for using the microwave at work

  1. Rick

    Anything with curry in it. Gack!

  2. wymekat

    Always clean up after using the microwave if you spill something…uck

  3. Maria

    Milk and milk products…

  4. shannon

    Don’t put something in that has to b heated for ten minutes! The rest of us have to eat too!

  5. Always reset the timer after your done, this actually pisses me off quite a bit, mainly cause i like using the clock, and when there is time left on the timer I can’t see the clock

  6. Sophie

    We had someone put a sub wrapped in tin foil in microwave, set times for 3 minutes and then left breakroom. microwave blew up and we were without one for months.