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The Lunch Buddy Solution

Ah lunch. The one time during the day that we DON’T have to be at work while the sun is up. It can be a very relaxing and calming experience. A good meal, shooting the breeze with some friends, very therapeutic.

However, there is nothing that ruins a lunch more than an annoying “Lunch Buddy�. These are the people that shatter any hope for having a restful and fulfilling lunch. The following are some common characteristics of the Lunch Buddy:

Talks non stop about topics nobody wants to hear about.
Extremely picky about their food selection and makes everyone go where THEY want to go.
Awful eating habits (example: extremely loud chewing, super messy, etc.)
Sound familiar? Chances are, you’ve come across at least of few of these people at your work. Most of the time, they mean well, but that doesn’t change the fact that your oasis of time around noon everyday is constantly ruined by them.

It can be pretty hard to ditch these kind of people around lunch time, since they are always on the lookout to see who is going to lunch. You don’t want to be rude, so you just can’t say “Well Jim, we’d love to have you along, but every time I see you eat I want to throw up and never eat again. So, you can’t come�. As much as you’d like to, this is not an option.

Fear not, all hope is not lost, here are some suggestions on how to keep a good working relationship with these people but enjoy yourself at lunch at the same time:

Use instant messenger (IM) to communicate your lunch plans. The less that is spoken, the less they’ll know about.

Don’t leave in a big group to go to lunch. Slowly, one at a time, wander away from your desk and meet up at central point far enough away so the Lunch Buddy can’t see you gathering.

Actually suck it up and invite them to lunch once and awhile. This will ease any suspicions they have that you are actually ditching them. You also have a 50/50 chance of them saying that they can’t go, which is pretty much win-win for you.

Pick a place they don’t like to go. This is usually a good option, but sometimes they will try to haggle with you and most likely someone in your lunch group will fold and agree to go with them.

Eat lunch later than the usual “lunch time�. This is purely dependent on your schedule, but if you can get away with it, it’s a pretty good bet the Lunch Buddy has eaten lunch already. Try for a 1:30 lunch if you can hold out, or go early like at 11:00.

You can always use a combination of the above techniques, to try to raise your chances at success. Using 1 and 2 together is a good way to go, and it’s something that I have done before with great success.

Taking a little extra time to plan your lunch can save you hours of wasted lunch opportunities. Now go free yourself from your Lunch Buddy today!

Thanks, D.

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Or Tell the fag to fuck off you don't like him
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yoseyman - 3/17/2006 7:55 PM

Or Tell the fag to fuck off you don't like him
I like option two^^[:D]

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hahahahahahahahaha. Definitely option 2
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RE: The Lunch Buddy Solution

Take him to a bar-get him pissed (drunk) as a rat and then he'll get fired as soon as you return.Unless you live in Britain,then he might just get promotion instead.[:p]
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RE: The Lunch Buddy Solution

That's not quite pure evil, DR, but close.

Personally I like the tactfulness of the list. I already have a few co-workers in mind...

Lunch, anyone?[;)]
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