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Replacing Stuff
Posted June 18, 2008 at 10:32:47 AM by Bean
Who should replace the paper towels, the person to take the last one or the person who comes in to grab one and finds the roll empty?

What about toilet paper?

Coffee (in an office environment)?

I don't have strong feeling one way or the other, but I'm interested to see your answers and whether or not they are the same for all three.
17 comments
Bad andy (June 18, 2008 at 12:08:53 PM):
Alls I know is, the people in my office rarely replace the Paper Towels in the bathroom after using the last one. Then I wash my hands before I notice and have to walk to the supply room with wet hands.

Fuck those assholes.
rushing (June 18, 2008 at 12:41:14 PM):
I concur BA, person who takes the last one should replace except for coffee.
Finch (June 18, 2008 at 01:37:50 PM):
Except for coffee? Nothing makes my blood boil more than coming to the coffee pot and seeing it empty. Generally with the burner still on, meaning the 1mm of liquid at the bottom is getting nice and crusty. GOSH I could just slap someone.
ss (June 18, 2008 at 01:54:38 PM):
finchfucker is right. i would really like to hear rushing's logic here
bigD (June 19, 2008 at 05:44:51 AM):
The answer in every case is:

a woman
celeb (June 19, 2008 at 06:02:53 AM):
person who empties/takes last one is responsible for it.

if you come here on goodie day, and someone has made cake, you will at some point see a single piece of cake left, then half of that, then half of that, and so on until there's just a teeny sliver left. that way, they didn't take the "last" piece and don't have to clean the dish.
bean (June 19, 2008 at 07:46:19 AM):
I think that when it comes to coffee, the person to empty it shoudl make the next batch, because there is a significant amount of time required to prepare, then wait for it to brew.

As far as paper towels and TP, seems an easy enough thing to replace that I think it's okay to use the last one.
Jewfish (June 19, 2008 at 02:47:11 PM):
I get in earlier than most people in my building, so I generally have to make the first pot. I make a new pot whenever I take the last of it, unless it's getting to be later in the day. I'm not sure if anyone else will want any, so I tend to leave it up to the next person to make more.

But I do turn off the burner if that's the case.

Also, BigD Johnson is right.
Stef (June 20, 2008 at 06:25:35 AM):
I'll just chime in as a woman and talk about the toilet paper issue. Because women use toilet paper EVERY TIME we use the toilet, it's much mo betta if the person who uses the last square (can you spare a square?) replaces the roll. There are few things worse than needing to pee badly, going into a stall and doing your thing only to find there is no paper.
Unless, Ben, you like fetching me a roll while I'm on the pot, I think the person who takes the last bit should replace it.

I think the same could be said for paper towels as BadAndy's example was dead-on.
Stef (June 20, 2008 at 06:26:55 AM):
Also, I don't drink coffee, therefore I don't make coffee.
Brad (June 20, 2008 at 08:16:40 AM):
I would just like to say that I think the idea of companies supplying coffee is ridiculous. I have never drank coffee. I think we should have a "pitcher of kool-aid" station if we have any drink station at all.
Finch (June 20, 2008 at 10:23:59 AM):
My last company did not supply free coffee, we had to get it from the cafeteria. I'd say I spent ~$10/wk. on coffee. Ball doesn't have great coffee, but the fact that it's free is a huge bonus.
Stef (June 20, 2008 at 11:14:46 AM):
I like Brad's suggestion, but there are far too many varieties of Kool-Aid and as such you KNOW some people would be pissed that grape was made instead of cherry that day. People always got to bitch about something.
John (June 20, 2008 at 03:06:55 PM):
I don't mind finding the toilet paper roll empty, or the seat up. In fact I prefer the seat to be up if I am going to be sitting down because I know the last person didn't pee all over it. People need to examine they environment before placing themselves in the most vulnerable position possible. Folks that don't are irresponsible. These are the same folks that get shocked peeing on electric fences, poison ivy on their butt, and end up sitting in the toilet because the seats up without toilet paper. It is however unfortunate when there looks to be enough tp to get the job done but then there is not...
Stutznate (June 21, 2008 at 10:36:52 AM):
Golden rule people, if you prefer to enter the stall with no toilet paper yourself, don't replace it, if you prefer the paper towels be empty when you need one, don't replace them, I'd say most people would prefer the opposite so replace them
If you'd prefer the coffee be ready or brew it fresh yourself, you can make the argument either way, heck if you think the solid gunk at the bottom of the pot adds great flavor, leave the burner on and coffee pot empty, but if you'd rather walk up to the coffee pot and find at least a cups worth ready without solid shit floating in it, brew another pot if you've left less than a cups worth
To those who don't follow this simple rule, I hope someone spikes the last cup of coffee with a severe diaretic, then when you go straight back to the toilet you left paperless you realize the errors of your ways. Then when your washing your hands from what turned out to be a messy cleanup, you realize you also didn't refill the paper towels hoping someone else would. Bang
Also at Ball they have free tea and hot water and if you throw some raspberry zinger in and then ice it, you've basically got calorie free kool-aid, so they've got everyone covered, they even have hot chocolate I think
Viviane (June 21, 2008 at 02:59:02 PM):
The person who finishes the roll of tp should replace it. Same with paper towels. I don't drink coffee, so I am not sure about the etiquette there.
Jewfish (June 26, 2008 at 08:14:29 AM):
They do have hot chocolate.

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