At the hospital where I work, there is a "kitchen" on each unit. The kitchen has a microwave, toaster oven, and refrigerator, as well as being stocked with various foods, condiments, plastic utensils, an ice machine, whatever.
We have a break room where I store my lunch, but I do use the kitchen a good amount. Like in the morning, I use it to microwave my muffin or toast my toast. And I get condiments, utensils, and water from the kitchen, rather than go all the way down the to cafeteria for the exact same stuff.
And OK, I confess, I do occasionally take food from the kitchen.
Like sometimes I'll take one of those little packages of graham crackers. And in the morning, sometimes I'll take one of those little tiny juice cups. And during the winter, when I got sick and my throat was killing me, I'd make a hot cocoa packet. And a few times, I took a ice cream dixie cup. I mean, we're not talking about grand theft here. I would have happily gotten food from the cafeteria instead if it wasn't so far away. I don't think anything I've ever taken has been worth more than like a quarter.
Nobody ever said anything to me about it. In fact, once I was looking for some condiment in the kitchen cabinet and one of the guys stocking the kitchen said to me, "Tell me what you want, doc, and I'll have it stocked for you." I was pretty sure I'd seen other people taking stuff, although I guess it could have been for a patient. When I wasn't feeling well one day, another doctor who'd been working there for years got me a bunch of dietary supplements from the fridge that were clearly meant for patients. (Mighty Shakes? Yuck!) So I really never thought it was a big deal.
But this week, someone put up a sign on the kitchen refrigerator that says: "FOOD IN THE KITCHEN IS FOR PATIENTS ONLY!!!" Actually it originally said "food and water," but someone crossed out the water part.
Naturally, I'm incredibly paranoid and feel this is directed at least partially at me. Yet I can't seem to stop myself from taking my apple juice or graham crackers. Considering how hard I work for them and the salary they give me, why would they honestly care that I'm taking about five cents worth of food each day? Isn't my job satisfaction more important than maybe $10 worth of crappy snacks the whole year?