I know a person who tapes McDonalds caloric values to their co-worker’s desk after the co-worker eats fast food. The intention is well meaning but I would deem this harassment. What would Evil Skippy say?
I’d compliment that person on his or her restraint. I would have attached a “Danger: Wide Load” sign.
— Evil Skippy
What makes you say this person is “well” meaning? This just sounds plain old mean. A well-meaning person might bring up general nutrition in casual conversation, but posting a sign on someone’s office chair is a passive aggressive jerk’s move. In my oh-so-humble opinion, people who push nutritional information on co-workers should be force-fed a gluten-free pound cake followed by a kale-and-quinoa cleanse.
Your co-worker’s conduct is probably not harassment, but it is definitely annoying and rude. We all can find this sort of information on line or right in front of us on the restaurant menu – we don’t need reminders from busy body co-workers. (I said it’s “probably” not harassment because in some jurisdictions a person can pursue a harassment complaint if he or she is subjected to an ongoing pattern of offensive, unwelcome behavior based on their weight or physical appearance – posting a calorie sign a few times won’t suffice.)
I once had a co-worker inform me as I was blissfully enjoying my grande latte, “Your drink contains as much fat as four slices of bacon.” The jury sided with me and acquitted me of aggravated and caffeinated assault. I did not find out until later that my co-worker was exaggerating – a grande latte has only 7 grams of fat while four slices of bacon have about 13 whopping grams. Of course, this means a grande latte has the same amount of fat as two bacon slices . . .
Now I want to strangle that co-worker all over again. The jurors will understand.
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