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On this lovely Friday afternoon, let me ask you a question.

Let's say you're part of a small group at work or school, of about a dozen. You decide, as a nice gesture, to bring a food item or beverage to share with everyone else. However, you're aware that a person or two in that group won't be touching it, due to a strong dislike or allergies. What do you do?

1- Bring something else on the side to make sure that everyone receives something?
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2- It's hard to accomodate everyone, and you've already made a special effort. Majority rules.


Which side do you stand on?


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Ask everyone ahead of time for ideas on what you should get so you have an idea of what the minority would be interested in.


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If you already know in advance, yeah, I think bringing in an alternative so that no one is left out is the classy way to go. Or if there's no time or budget for a second set, it's a nice gesture to find out something the minority would prefer and do that the next time. But if it becomes too expensive or difficult to find some things that a bunch of picky people can agree upon, or the exclusion would cause problems among the group, well, I just might go #3- don't bother.

EDIT: Actually, I'm often among the minority that doesn't like/want certain snack foods people try to share with me. I sometimes worry the person will be offended if I don't try their food or tell them I don't like/want whatever it is. Sometimes I just hope they won't make a big deal out of me not taking whatever it is, and since I don't want it anyway I don't really feel like I'm missing out if someone brings something I don't want. So depending on the personality it might be a non-issue in a casual setting anyway. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Edited by Sb20 on May 4, 2013 at 5:46:38

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If you know for certain that Julie is allergic to peanuts but you made a glorious peanut butter pie, then yeah, get her something on the side.

But only if you know of something she likes. I dunno, sometimes people with allergies are annoying. :lol:

(I say this being allergic to meat)


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Quote from post #232094:
Originally posted by HollowTorment

(I say this being allergic to meat)


Is that why you have the personality of a carrot with road rage?

I suppose it would depend on how many people are bringing food items. If there's 12 people and everyone's bringing something little, it's not going make a difference if the few can't have your peanutbutter and oyster sauce sandwiches on honey wheat bread. If there's only a few people bringing stuff though, then absolutely bring a little something on the side.


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I don't think I'm much of a carrot. I think I'm more a radish.


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If someone has an allergy, I would probably avoid bringing the food altogether, unless I know they can be in the room without dying. I know many nut allergies can be very severe where they could just smell the food and start to go into antiepileptic shock. I would probably bring a small something for them to eat if I brought two things or just bring a general food that everyone likes and enjoys, without negatively affecting the other two people.
I've always been too nice when bringing stuff for people anyways so I usually end up overpaying too much for group gatherings. "Katy likes Coke but Selene likes Pepsi, and I know how much Ben likes apple pie, so many as well also buy a cheesecake."