April 2, 2018 2:57 pm
Updated: April 2, 2018 3:00 pm

Viral story about missing shrimp fried rice sheds light on office fridge etiquette

Ryan McVay
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A story about a missing lunch of shrimp fried rice that is captivating social media is shedding light on an often overlooked but highly contentious aspect of office politics: fridge etiquette.

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Eddy Ng, a professor at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business, says interactions around the office refrigerator – replete with passive aggressive Post-It notes and decomposing leftovers – reveal human behaviour in the workplace.

He says the shared fridge is a microcosm of office dynamics, serving to accentuate interpersonal skills, communication styles and personality types.

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It’s also the scene for a comical tale about stolen shrimp fried rice that has gripped social media for days and spurred an online exchange of woes from cubicle-land.

Zak Toscani, a writer and stand-up comedian from Los Angeles, took to Twitter last week after his co-worker’s lunch was stolen.

He joked that the missing food was shrimp fried rice, escalating the crime from a misdemeanour to a felony, and mused that it was a “professional hit no doubt” due to the lack of a shrimp smell in the microwave or kitchen.

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