Waste Not, Want Not

by Frank Roche on November 4, 2010

in Business, Environment, Management

One banana.

A second banana.

And a third banana.

I’m at a Marriott in Chicago this morning. The place has a free breakfast. And a business guy dressed in a suit and overcoat who wanted a single bite of a banana wasted three of them.

I was astonished. And called him on it.

He picked up two bananas from a pile. Examined the outer skin and then instead of putting one back, threw one of the bananas in the trash.

Then he pulled open the second banana. But he was in such a hurry that the banana broke off. He threw that part away. And then the rest of the banana.

Then he picked up a third banana. Ripped it open. Took a single bite. And threw the rest away.

Enter Frankie Boy.

“Really? You took three bananas and had one bite?

Banana Boy was shocked that I confronted him about it.

“So what? It’s free.”

“It’s not free,” I said. “We paid for it. And next time we’ll pay more because of that kind of thinking.”

Banana Boy wasn’t happy. He harrumphed and stomped off.

Nothing is free. And people who don’t care about other peoples’ money are some of the worst kind for me.

Waste not, want not. It’s not a bad HR lesson and one that managers should remind people about all the time. Just because there’s abundance now doesn’t mean there always will be. There’s always a price for gluttony.

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