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10th-Mar-2011 12:40 pm
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Here is the scenario:

A senior person in your office brings you and your coworkers (admin assistants, I'm sure that helps to know :P) coffee once in a while, as a treat. The coffee...it is not that good. Ever since they switched coffee brands at the coffee shop, their flavors are sort of, not that good (today was blueberry...blueberry coffee...very, very blueberry coffee). The office staff all have the same opinion: coffee bad.

In this poll, assume you are a coffee drinker. ; )

Poll #1716223 The Bad Coffee Poll

What would you do?

Accept the offering graciously and not tell the coffee bringer that the coffee is bad
31(45.6%)
Let the coffee bringer know that the plain coffee is preferred to the flavored junk
28(41.2%)
Something else...something else...
9(13.2%)
Comments 
10th-Mar-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I know you shouldn't look a gift coffee in the mouth of the cup, but it makes no sense for the senior staff to keep buying it if no one wants to drink it. I'd just tell them that I liked the original blend better.
10th-Mar-2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
That was my thought, exactly. I did, in fact, tell him that we in the office thought the new coffee flavors weren't so good and that we prefer the plain coffee, but he still brings the flavored, so oh well. It's a nice gesture.

I created the poll because one of my coworkers was SHOCKED that I would actually say something to him, even in the nicest way, and that you should always just accept gifts politely and without commentary. (So she takes her to the bathroom and dumps it out. LOL.)

Edited at 2011-03-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
10th-Mar-2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Ahhh. Well, since you've already told him, guess there isn't much else you can do. If he wants to keep buying the stuff even after he's been told, that's his loss.

But I disagree with your co-worker. If it was a one-time gift, then maybe, but since it's a repeated thing, it's better to say something so that he can make the choice not to waste his money on something you don't like or want. And suppose one of you were allergic to the fancy coffee? Would she still think it's better to accept it and say nothing? =P (And accepting iy only to dump it out. How classy. Only not really.)
10th-Mar-2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
It didn't occur to me NOT to tell him, because it seems wasteful to take a gift that you don't like, over and over and over again. But once my coworker was so shocked by my -- gall? honesty? -- I thought maybe I should get a second, third, and forty-fifth opinion o'er here. :)

Don't want to make the same faux pas twice, if that's the case, y'know?
10th-Mar-2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
I agree - if it were a one time thing, I probably wouldn't say anything. But over and over and over and over? I definitely wouldn't want them to be wasting money (and coffee!) one people who are only dumping it the first chance they get.
10th-Mar-2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
I guess perhaps that is the stereotypical North Dakota Nice.
10th-Mar-2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
North Dakota Nice = Passive Agressive?
10th-Mar-2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Doncha know.
10th-Mar-2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Tell them you've dropped coffee. Whenever you want to bring in coffee, say it's chai.
10th-Mar-2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Heh heh, that's a good idea. I can actually drink the stuff, so (since I already voiced my opinion and he disregarded it completely), I now just accept it graciously and drink it throughout the day. But if it ever gets to the point where I can't stomach it, I am going to use this advice! :)
10th-Mar-2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Unless you were joking, I don't agree with the "white lie" approach. This one could be easy to find out (coffee has a distinctive aroma, and chai is more spicy-smelling), and the staff person could be slighted even more if he found out he was lied to in order to spare his feelings... It's usually a self-defeating approach.
10th-Mar-2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
But I could just say that I've decided to limit myself to one cup of coffee in the morning, which I've been drinking at home.

...

I really SHOULD be limiting myself to one cup of coffee each day. But then how would I stay awake?
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