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Subject:Free lunch
Time:01:14 pm
My company offers free lunch every two weeks. Today is lunch day. However, there are several street food carts a few blocks away, one of which I'm particularly fond of, and don't get to eat very often. I looked at the lunch being provided by the company, and and it was edible but not something I'm terribly fond of. The food cart lunch is reasonably priced at $5.

If you were in my position, what would you do?

Do you take the mediocre free lunch or buy a yummy one?

I take the free lunch. Duh!
11(21.6%)
I'd much rather spend a few bucks for quality.
40(78.4%)
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catness
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Time:2009-10-07 08:24 pm (UTC)
There's no reason for me to eat food I don't like just because it's free. I make enough money to feed myself and as I get older I really only want to waste calories on something that's delicious.
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oscarmc
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Time:2009-10-07 08:35 pm (UTC)
[x] Both
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-10-07 09:40 pm (UTC)
lol. That's what I wanted to answer too! I would go out for lunch then discover there was still free food available and I'd get some of that too.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-07 09:45 pm (UTC)
I was stuffed after one serving of chicken adobo.
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tiurin
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Time:2009-10-07 09:03 pm (UTC)
Assuming that you have no financial worries, and that the yummy one is not something hideously unhealthy for you and can only be eaten rarely, I'd definitely go for the yummy.

Also, this assumes you have a normal appetite and the $5 cart lunch fills you up, rather than free mediocre buffet vs. needing 3-4 cart lunches.
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jiggery_pokery
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Time:2009-10-07 09:22 pm (UTC)
Is it raining? If so, I'm 90-10 in favour of the freebie; if not, I'm more like 60-40 in favour. This better reflects (a) my financial situation and (b) my lunchtime workload rather than anything else.

Was it raining where you were today?
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-07 09:33 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful and sunny, but cool enough to require a light jacket.
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jellymillion
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Time:2009-10-07 09:35 pm (UTC)
TANSTAAFL
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laren
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Time:2009-10-07 11:49 pm (UTC)
+2
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slfisher
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Time:2009-10-07 11:16 pm (UTC)
The street carts will be there tomorrow, no? Eat the free food today and the street cart tomorrow.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-07 11:18 pm (UTC)
Nope. They only wander by here every couple of weeks. That was the "don't get to eat very often" part of the equation.
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njchick
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Time:2009-10-08 12:25 am (UTC)
I get free breakfast and lunch every day at my job.

I say take it when it's free....pay when it isn't.

Do you a chef come in a prepare or are the ordering from specific restaurant. Do you have a say in where they are ordering from?

Get seamless web!!!
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-08 12:28 am (UTC)
It's ordered from restaurants, and I can make suggestions but I don't really have a vote in where it comes from.

The question was really about which you value more: free, or enjoyable. Fich sort of couldn't grok that anyone would want to pay for food if free food was available, and I sort of can't grok that people would eat yucky food just because it's free.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-10-08 12:50 am (UTC)
It wasn't much of a question for me. I was prepared to head to the food cart, then found out it was company lunch day. I stuck around the office just long enough to see what we were having for lunch, and then I found out it was something not terribly good I headed out to get my own.

Different people have different weighting of the inputs, though. Fich, for example, can't grok the concept of paying for food when free food is available. I can't grok eating crappy food just because it's free. There are definitely inputs that will make me decide in favor of crappy food, though, such as having to go out in a horrible storm to get good food or not having time to get good food because of a meeting.
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tiurin
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Time:2009-10-08 01:47 am (UTC)
I was kinda surprised too- I thought this kind of question really only came up when one was still in college or grad school or some other situation w/limited finances coupled with huge caloric requirements.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-10-08 03:03 am (UTC)
I voted eat free mostly because I assume there is some social interaction with the rest of the employees which has value.

Otherwise I perhaps eat out.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-10-08 04:30 pm (UTC)
First, it would matter whether the free food is something I'd eat. If it's merely 'mediocre', that's one thing. If I found it 'yucky', that's another matter entirely. Then I would probably consider whether either option kept well in the fridge for the next day's lunch (I'm only kinda cheap when it comes to food - this is more a matter of being lazy). For me, the social factor is something I'd include in the decision-making. I'd do mediocre, free food along with some low-key co-worker socializing. I kinda suck at socializing at work, so when decent excuses come up, I try to take advantage of them.

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