Tag Archives: Work Life

Rotten office fridge cleanup sends seven workers to hospital

Apparently the workers at an AT&T office in San Jose are unable to keep their fridge clean. It’s sort of sad to know that there are offices out there that have the same (and worse) problems as the ones I’ve worked in.

Rotten office fridge cleanup sends seven workers to hospital

Authorities say an enterprising office worker had decided to clean it out, placing the food in a conference room while using two cleaning chemicals to scrub down the mess.

The mixture of old lunches and disinfectant caused 28 people to need treatment for vomiting and nausea.

And now for the real kicker:

Authorities say the worker who cleaned the refrigerator didn’t need treatment – she can’t smell because of allergies.

One more reason to avoid the office fridge in general. Ours get cleaned out on a regular basis (the cleaning staff post warnings as to when it’s going to get cleaned) and everything inside gets tossed directly into the garbage. Unfortunately, that doesn’t do anything for the science experiments that some people seem to like to create at their desks.

Bull Retractable ID Badge Holders with Steel Cord

Bull Retractable ID Badge Holder I need a Bull Retractable ID Badge Holder with Steel Cord to replace my almost broken retractable badge holder. The stupid cheap badge holders have a tiny braided thread that doesn’t stand up to being used on a regular basis.  Since I have to wear an ID/Access badge at my work all the time, it would be nice to have something that would withstand being used daily.

I just need to convince a bunch more of my co-workers that they need these and then we can do a big bulk order.  I’m too cheap to pay for shipping for just one.  :)

Maybe someone will buy me one for my birthday or Christmas some year.  :D

SEC charges ex-Nortel execs with accounting fraud

The SEC has charged four former Nortel executives with accounting fraud, The four are former Chief Executive Frank Dunn, former Chief Financial Officer Douglas Beatty, former Controller Michael Gollogly and former Assistant Controller MaryAnne Pahapill.

According to Reuters:

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking a permanent injunction, civil monetary penalties, barrings as officers or directors of a public company, and disgorgement of ill-gotten profits against all four.

One of my co-workers thought to look up the word disgorge:


  1. to eject or throw out from the throat, mouth, or stomach; vomit forth.
  2. to surrender or yield (something, esp. something illicitly obtained).
  3. to discharge forcefully or as a result of force.
  4. to eject, yield, or discharge something.

We like the first definition the best. So go on Dunn, vomit up that cash!

Of course the next question is, if Frank Dunn (et al.) do vomit up the cash, who does it go to? It shouldn’t really go back to Nortel because it wasn’t theirs to start with. It should go back to share holders.