Office Life

Co-worker's Coke Addiction

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guugle

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guuglemore
Jan 6

I think my coworkers are mildly addicted to coca-cola. They drink it like it's water. Probably like a dozen cans a day, each.

They've stacked up a massive Coke can pyramid.

It's ridiculous. How do I politely inform them of the negative consequences of their actions?

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  • Facebook zuckks
    Click bait title
    Jan 66
    • New / EngIcanC#
      And we fell for it..
      Jan 6
    • Tableau / Product
      Qlikbait

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      Qlikbaitmore
      The best kind
      Jan 6
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      What, you guys don't know what Coke is?
      Jan 6
    • Amazon what¿
      Description says Coca-Cola, while tile says Coke.
      Coke paired with the word addition would clearly be intended for cocaine. If not, clickbait, the title would be edited to use the Coca-Cola term instead.
      Jan 6
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      Coke is a registered trademark of the Coca Cola corporation
      Jan 6
    • Amazon what¿
      Google "coke addiction" and it is not a coincidence the first couple of pages are all links about cocaine.
      Not a coincidence, the headline was designed as click bait.
      Jan 6
  • Proofpoint / Engfoodtruckj
    As long as they don't line up coke on the desk, roll a dollar bill, and suck it up their nose it is none of your concern.
    Jan 63
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      The coke can pyramid is honestly annoying. Can't knock it over and it gets in the way
      Jan 6
    • Facebook / Biz DevKhakis
      You can knock it over. Move fast and break things.
      Jan 6
    • Amazon IFMB
      Knocking it over sounds like a perfect solution. Cans filled with sugar residue will attract bugs. Ewwww
      Jan 6
  • Microsoft tingtang
    I do this.
    Jan 611
    • Facebook zuckks
      Not good for health and environment
      Jan 6
    • Microsoft tingtang
      I recycle.
      Jan 6
    • Facebook zuckks
      Recycling requires energy, I try to avoid it when possible
      Jan 6
    • Microsoft tingtang
      Then tell Microsoft to serve Coke fountain-style. Or better yet offer the 2L bottles in their fridge.
      Jan 6
    • New mdGG61
      I did this for years until my stomach started to get too acidic. Then I stopped and it went back to normal. No big deal. I suggest you go find people that really need help, like the homeless or the Trump supporters.
      Jan 6
    • Microsoft tingtang
      @mdGG61 yep everyone has the things they like. OP needs to let other people live their life.
      Jan 6
    • Facebook zuckks
      Btw Microsoft does have fountain style coke dispensers in the cafe
      Jan 6
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      No, I'm trying to save you (and my coworkers)
      Jan 6
    • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
      Thanks, mom
      Jan 6
    • Microsoft tingtang
      Thanks but your coworkers and me don’t need saving.
      Jan 6
  • Amazon lolwhat
    I had the same thought about my coworker, then I found the perfect solution and it worked like charm for all of us. It's called minding one's own business.
    Jan 61
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      The world would be a much nicer place if we all cared about one another 🤷
      Jan 6
  • Oracle iOFR21
    Google doesnt provide Coke, is he bringing them over?
    Jan 63
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

      GoogleEng

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      guuglemore
      OP
      False, we stock hella Coke
      Jan 6
    • Northrop Grumman / EngHowCouldYu
      “Hella”
      Jan 6
    • Amazon / EngChad🕶
      One of the most dumb words that came out of the bay area hyphy scene
      Jan 6
  • Docker hlhlhlhlhl
    I had a co-worker who did the same (could be the same person as one of yours). It's the same situation as smokers, they're making a conscious choice to sacrifice health for short term satisfaction. If the pyramid is not intruding on your space then it's really none of your business what they choose to do with their lives
    Jan 63
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      I like to actively help people. If I see it, it's my concern.
      Jan 6
    • Docker hlhlhlhlhl
      I understand you are well intended but people do take offense in others meddling with their lives. Would you also talk to your obese co-workers about the health implications of being overweight?
      Jan 6
    • Amazon IFMB
      Keep your opinions to yourself on what they drink. The only real cause for complaint you actually have is the excessive trash caused by it (the pyramid of cans)
      Jan 6
  • Google / Engwhoami420
    Found the SJW...
    Jan 62
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      You a Coke addict too? 🤦
      Jan 6
    • Google / Engwhoami420
      No but I mind my own damn business. I get wanting to help people but you want to go full blown intervention. Chill, otherwise nobody will like you.
      Jan 6
  • Reddit snoozy
    You should only address the trash accumulation if it actually affects you or your productivity. Talking to them about their consumption will reflect quite poorly on you, so best not discuss it. I would liken it to proselytizing at work.
    Jan 63
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      The crack and sizzle from opening coke cans gets on my nerves.
      Jan 6
    • Reddit snoozy
      Noise-cancelling headphones?
      Jan 6
    • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
      Triggered much?
      Jan 6
  • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
    How much coffee do you drink a day? To each his own
    Jan 65
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

      GoogleEng

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      guuglemore
      OP
      One cup sir. I'm civilized. And I don't stack my coffee mugs like war trophies
      Jan 6
    • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
      Why does it matter to you so much?
      Jan 6
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      Cuz it's not the right thing to do.
      Jan 6
    • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
      Cool story
      Jan 6
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

      GoogleEng

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      guuglemore
      OP
      I tell it every day
      Jan 6
  • App Annie fffff
    Shit thread. Lurk more.
    Jan 61
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

      GoogleEng

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      guuglemore
      OP
      Serious topic, GTFO
      Jan 6
  • Medtronic / EngSnakeDr
    Why do you care what you’re coworker is drinking? It’s their body, their health and their life.

    I’m sure everything you do is in line with the betterment of humanity.
    Jan 60
  • New / Engi i i
    Not your business to judge them.
    Jan 62
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      Sure, but it is mine to help them 🤠
      Jan 6
    • New / Engi i i
      Still no.
      But if you want to learn from your mistakes, go ahead and educate your coworker. Remember, you take full responsibility for your actions.
      Jan 6
  • You should write an internal memo about why there are so many coke addicts in engineering roles at Google.
    Jan 61
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      Added to Todo list
      Jan 6
  • New / Enggreenleet
    I'm sure they know about negative consequences. If they are smart enough to get into Google, they are smart enough to understand negative health consequences. It's their concious choice -- respect it.
    Jan 61
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

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      guuglemore
      OP
      I respect the person, but not their choice of drink
      Jan 6
  • New DvVM00
    they obviously do it because they are under informed about the health consequences. bring it up at every team meeting and try to sneak it into code reviews as well. also, spitball the base of the pyramid and little by little it will become unbalanced
    Jan 60
  • Twitch MyKpaMyKpa
    Less pandering and more work will not only increase your output, but you’ll naturally avoid making an ass impression of yourself.
    Jan 60
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    headbanger

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    Intel, Broadcom Ltd.
    headbangermore
    What are you talking about?! You have to change the entire Google culture first. When I had an on-site interview there years ago, the HR took me on a tour and the first thing she said: let me take you to our most popular room! Then she took me to your “candy room” and tried to impress me by showing off stacks of Snickers and M&M’s. I almost told her: is it very Googlish to make your engineers diabetic by the age of 40?!!
    Kindergarten culture 😂😂😂😂😂
    Jan 62
    • New / Engi i i
      I heard they kick you out of google way before you hit 40. So no problem with diabetes on Google's watch.
      Jan 6
    • Universal Orlando 8675309k
      They also don't hire diabetics.
      Jan 6
  • Zillow Group trollman
    Jan 62
    • Google / Eng
      guugle

      GoogleEng

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      guuglemore
      OP
      What a troll 🤦
      Jan 6
    • Zillow Group trollman
      Captain obvious
      Jan 6
  • Google GAMAGA
    Phew, I just smoke weed
    Jan 60
  • New ktFx33
    Feverishly prepare a presentation then during lunch collect them all and educate
    Jan 60
  • Walmart.com SQL 🐒
    Walmart has a Coke addition from associates to VPs. I have made fun of few folks ‘s guts and telling them to stop but hey people are people and Coca Cola is doing well. Warren Buffet still enjoys coke
    Jan 60
  • Symantec NopePetya
    Show them one of those videos of coke dissolving nails on YouTube, standing right next to the coke pyramid.

    Don’t say anything specific just say it’s a cool YouTube video you want to show them and let the conclusions hang out there in a passive aggressive manner.
    Jan 60
  • Microsoft Qwpo
    I usually tell people, you know that’s not good for you - it messes with your body in many ways. If they ask I become more specific. Or I say, wow, I can’t have that at all - I gain weight right away or I feel really bad if I eat/drink that. My energy is down and it messes my insulin, just bla bla bla I make it about myself.

    Most likely no matter what you say, they won’t listen as they are addicted. So be light about it. Maybe just say, guys that do not good for you. I am sending an article your way.
    Jan 80
  • US Navy / ITBoonaki
    Let people do whatever they want to do.
    Jan 60
  • Yahoo buzzzz
    Mind ur fucking business
    Jan 60
  • Microsoft YwWb48
    It's none of your concern. If you were Vegan and saw someone eating meat would you try to 'help them'? I hope not...
    Jan 60

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