- Microwave popcorn requires heating a microwave, a cooking process that defines it as a meal, and thus not a snack, and as such should therefore be consumed in the break room at not at an individual’s desk, work space, office, or other areas in the office environment.
- Microwave popcorn can contain up to 500 calories in one bag, which represents a substantial portion of a 2000 calorie daily intake, thus rendering it a “meal” and not a snack, and as such should be consumed within the confines of the break room, and not an individual’s desk, office, or work space.
Believe it or not, this actually happened, although I *might* have embellished it a wee bit.
If you work for an organization, and such a "Memo War" breaks out, be sure to update your resume, as you will need it shortly. When people stop talking to each other and resort to written communications to communicate with someone in the same office as they are, things are not going to go well. And this includes e-mails as well.
What memo wars and e-mail wars tell us, is that a breakdown in face-to-face communications is happening. And by posting public memos (or e-mails cc'd to everyone in the office) you are taking small, private matters, and making them public, in an attempt to court public opinion to "your side" of an issue.
It's just a horribly bad way to go about effecting change, and it always ends up in disaster. Managers who try to manage by memo rarely win, but are instead viewed as ineffective. Subordinates who try to respond to this gambit, usually end up being shown the door, as was the case here.
If you see a "Memo War" breaking out (although today it would more likely be an e-mail war) just head for the door - you are working in a dysfunctional office.