The highs and lows of an office tea club

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There is no coffee

We have run out of coffee.  And very soon we will run out of tea bags too.  Jill didn’t collect enough subscriptions for March, so Jacqui decided not to buy any coffee until the kitty has been replenished.  We are a canny lot though.  We used up the coffee, then the crappy decaff stuff and now we have all become tea drinkers.  Except for the the people who keep their own stash of coffee who not only have coffee to drink, but friends to drink it with too.

Their is talk of a mutiny.  Several people have threatened to resign from the tea club and stop paying their subs.  Of course this might be a more effective stand to make if they had paid them in the first place, but let’s not quibble.  Meanwhile the governance team are proposing a rival tea club, suggesting that they can buy better quality tea and coffee for less if they go to costco.  They know about quality improvement after all.  The rest of us aren’t convinced that costco is the mark of quality but who are we to argue?

Anyway Jacqui’s tactic may have worked.  By Friday enough people had been guiltied into paying their dues to satisfy her and she has agreed to buy supplies at the weekend.  But only for people who are up-to-date with their payments.  There is a notice on a kitchen cupboard, informing anyone who cares to read it that the supplies are for the exclusive use of tea-club members.  Then there is another notice on another cupboard naming the culprits who are behind with their payments.  The hit list includes 2 people on long term sick and 1 on maternity leave; who presumably won’t be too worried that they are not allowed to access the PG tips.  It also includes most of the IT department.  And to think we didn’t even know they were old enough to drink coffee.



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Well we’ve been busy

Tea club 925 has had a break for half term and has been quite busy this week doing actual work.  Obviously actual work isn’t as important as monitoring the progress of the tea club, but sometimes it creeps up when you are not looking.

Fortunately not everyone has allowed themselves to be so distracted.  Jill has set about collecting the monthly subs, via her preferred method of sending an email and then expecting a queue at her desk.  The queue never quite materialises though, but if she’s lucky Pat who sits at the desk opposite her will pay her dues.  Everyone else either ignores the email or forgets about it.  Jill was last seen checking the money tin hopefully just in case any fairies had  chipped in.  They hadn’t.

meanwhile we could start running a book on which website Jacqui will be covertly studying, when she thinks no one is looking.  So far the has been spotted viewing weight loss pills, hats, cakes, venues and flowers.  Lets hope her daughter and her intended weren’t planning to make any of their own decisions. Lets hope too that no one needs our Jacs to meet any deadlines.

i wonder if she needs any cake testers.  Now that would be a queue.