Why do people leave sugar out uncovered?

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  • Shikasama 13 Dec 2012 14:12:23 6,962 posts
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    This is something that has baffled me for years. Walk into any building (obtain permission first) and go to the kitchen, chances are you will see a container for coffee, teabags, possibly a box of green tea for that hippy girl in HR.

    You are also very likely to see a small pot or bowl of sugar, left there completely uncovered with its arse in the air for the world to see.

    Why do people do this? I've never see someone have a coffee jar they leave permanently uncovered, r tea, or paprika, or salt, or pepper, or cumin...literally no other substance in the kitchen is so universally left to fend for itself.

    Conversely, there is no other substance more likely to attract all kinds of insects (both crawling and flying) or congeal at the slightest suggestion of moisture. The thing most likely to be damaged by being uncovered is exactly that.

    Stop doing it people.
  • elstoof 13 Dec 2012 14:15:07 7,738 posts
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    Sounds like the beginnings of a sensational dry spice rub there.
  • Deckard1 13 Dec 2012 14:15:44 28,704 posts
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    MADNESS
  • ZuluHero 13 Dec 2012 14:15:58 4,200 posts
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    We have all sorts left uncovered here at the kitchen in work. In fact I've just walked in and found the industrial sized coffee tin left open and the milk, with the lid off, left on the counter. Animals.
  • Khanivor 13 Dec 2012 14:17:41 40,938 posts
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    It's a wonder the human race has made it this far.
  • Fake_Blood 13 Dec 2012 14:17:56 4,286 posts
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    Because shuggah never goes bad.
  • Shikasama 13 Dec 2012 14:18:01 6,962 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    MADNESS
    There was a 'cumin' and 'jar' joke right there for you. RIGHT THERE
  • Commander-Keen 13 Dec 2012 14:18:17 819 posts
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    The sugar needs to breathe for about an hour before you use it.
  • Ultrasoundwave 13 Dec 2012 14:19:51 3,335 posts
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    Shikasama wrote:
    This is something that has baffled me for years. Walk into any building (obtain permission first) and go to the kitchen, chances are you will see a container for coffee, teabags, possibly a box of green tea for that hippy girl in HR.
    I've started drinking green tea recently because of all the "benefits" your supposed to get from it.

    Tastes like piss.....thats been left out in the sun.......for a decade.

    :confused:

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  • billythekid 13 Dec 2012 14:20:16 11,196 posts
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    Shikasama's dream kitchen:

  • elstoof 13 Dec 2012 14:20:30 7,738 posts
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    I once freelanced in a place that left uncovered bowls of both sugar and coffee, because staff kept stealing the jars. When they ran low a someone filled them from the locked store cupboard.

    I never drank the coffee in that place.
  • elstoof 13 Dec 2012 14:21:43 7,738 posts
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    That was mainly down to the single spoon used for both bowls though, big wet clumps of sugar in the coffee and vice versa.
  • agparrot 13 Dec 2012 14:23:11 11,903 posts
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    The sugar bowl? It's always there, isn't it.

  • Alastair 13 Dec 2012 14:33:39 16,045 posts
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    Sugar doesn't lose it's flavour in the way that coffee, tea or spices do.
  • Razz 13 Dec 2012 14:55:00 61,391 posts
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    Shikasama wrote:
    You are also very likely to see a small pot or bowl of sugar, left there completely uncovered with its arse in the air for the world to see.

    Stop doing it people.
    I once worked in an office were they did that, I'd just throw it out every time I saw it, eff them. Filthy bastards.

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  • Commander-Keen 13 Dec 2012 14:58:48 819 posts
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    Now covered.
  • residentneil 13 Dec 2012 15:02:11 2 posts
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    Uncovered is bad but using a wet spoon and leaving nasty hard coffee lumps in it !!!
  • ibenam 13 Dec 2012 15:27:51 1,473 posts
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    Uncovered: Golden Sugar abyss.
    Wont somebody think of the children.
    Down with this sort of thing; Careful now.

    /im here all week
  • GuiltySpark 13 Dec 2012 16:00:55 6,421 posts
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    "Man claims 'uncovered sugar bowl' to blame for office gun rampage"

    Next week folks, I tells ya.

    Get bent.

  • neilka 13 Dec 2012 16:06:42 16,247 posts
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    It lures the kids up my driveway
  • THFourteen 13 Dec 2012 16:12:39 33,821 posts
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    Dont have sugar in your tea!!
  • Shikasama 13 Dec 2012 16:12:56 6,962 posts
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    Its worse in the summer when the sugar bowl becomes a heaving mass of insect driven bioheat
  • ModishNouns 13 Dec 2012 16:37:37 4,656 posts
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    I think this is lower priority than stopping people from putting the spoon in the coffee before the sugar. Those bastards need stopping and they need stopping now.
  • billythekid 13 Dec 2012 16:39:19 11,196 posts
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    ModishNouns wrote:
    I think this is lower priority than stopping people from putting the spoon in the coffee before the sugar. Those bastards need stopping and they need stopping now.
    Almost as bad as those motherfuckers who leave toast crumbs in the butter.
  • ModishNouns 13 Dec 2012 16:40:20 4,656 posts
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    It's a wonder we haven't all got cholera, tbh.
  • GuiltySpark 13 Dec 2012 17:10:10 6,421 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    ModishNouns wrote:
    I think this is lower priority than stopping people from putting the spoon in the coffee before the sugar. Those bastards need stopping and they need stopping now.
    Almost as bad as those motherfuckers who leave toast crumbs in the butter.
    This is the worst fucking thing ever. Bread goes mouldy you turds.

    Get bent.

  • localnotail 13 Dec 2012 19:29:48 23,093 posts
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    Does toast go mouldy?

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • ronuds 13 Dec 2012 19:31:13 21,788 posts
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    I've never seen it happen.
  • elstoof 13 Dec 2012 19:44:40 7,738 posts
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    Does butter go mouldy?
  • Deleted user 13 December 2012 19:48:52
    I knew someone who used to go apeshit if butter was left out.

    "IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE FRIDGE AT ALL TIMES" they shouted. Wonder how the Vikings coped.
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