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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

APB at City Hall

posted by on June 13 at 15:22 PM


BROADCAST: Burnt Microwave Popcorn and Building Evacuations

The following message has been approved by the Mayor’s Office for citywide email broadcast.


DATE: June 9, 2007
TO: Employees at Civic Center Buildings
FROM: FFD Facility Operations Division
RE: Burnt Microwave Popcorn and Building Evacuations

At our Civic Center buildings we continue to see a high number of instances of employees burning microwave popcorn and triggering the building smoke alarms. This is a serious issue which requires Fire Department emergency response, building evacuation, and resetting of building systems.

In May, we had the most recent building evacuation at the Justice Center due to burnt microwave popcorn. This is the eighth time in less than three years that we had to evacuate 400+ persons from Justice Center due to burnt popcorn. We have also had multiple evacuations of 300+ persons at City Hall and Seattle Municipal Tower due to burnt popcorn.

If this problem continues, it will result in a ban of all microwave popcorn in downtown City buildings, as some other downtown buildings have done.

We would like your help in eliminating these alarms due to burnt microwave popcorn, so we don’t have to ban it. Please read and follow package instructions. Stay by the microwave and “listen to the pop, to know when to stop.”

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Microwave popcorn is disgusting, well, except for Newman's Own.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 13, 2007 3:25 PM

Microwave popcorn is shit.

Posted by orville | June 13, 2007 3:28 PM

Oh yeah, and someone left their car keys in the men's room. You may claim them at the front desk

Posted by FFD Facility Operations Division | June 13, 2007 3:29 PM

There's nothing worse than when a coworker makes microwave popcorn. Yech. The office smells like stale butter for the rest of the day. Makes me want to take a shower.

Posted by john | June 13, 2007 3:31 PM

This is a great time to point out that someone is leaving their dirty dishes in the sink in the kitchen. This is a place of work people and your mother doesn't live here so please clean up your own messes!

Posted by Kitchennazi | June 13, 2007 3:33 PM

Microwave popcorn is 10 times worse than clipping your nails at your desk. FYI

Posted by monkey | June 13, 2007 3:36 PM

I heard it was Nick Licata who has been eating all of that microwave popcorn.

Posted by I'm the rat | June 13, 2007 3:36 PM

this is our government in action.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 13, 2007 3:37 PM

And would whomever takes the last cup of coffee, PLEASE make a fresh pot?

Oh, and leaving two table spoons full of coffee in the bottom of the carafe to burn and get all crunchy doesn't count as "there's still some left in the pot", either.

Posted by Tired Of The Dregs | June 13, 2007 3:37 PM

“listen to the pop, to know when to stop.”
Sounds like a euphemism for something. Not sure what though.

Posted by Thom | June 13, 2007 3:40 PM

Oh, and by the way, that shit is toxic. Really. The artificial butter is toxic and killing workers in the factories making those tasty little smoke bombs. I think California is seriously looking at the hazards...

Posted by unA | June 13, 2007 3:41 PM

Microwave popcorn is evil. That's not "stale butter" you're smelling; it's poisonous chemicals that have nothing to do with lovely old butter. Microwave popcorn gives me an instant migraine headache, and whenever someone breaks the rules and makes it here, I get up and walk out of the building. I can't believe they haven't banned it there a long time ago.

Posted by Fnarf | June 13, 2007 3:44 PM

I thought that microwave popcorn was only allowed at home - like smoking cigarettes.

Posted by maria | June 13, 2007 3:46 PM

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Posted by ECB | June 13, 2007 3:58 PM

Microwave popcorn is part of the agriculture-military-industrial complex shoving cheap corn down our throats in every processed food imaginable. This is why Jones Soda (sweetened by sugar, not corn syrup) is a threat to Starbucks and the rest of the agribusiness establishment.

Posted by Ebenezer | June 13, 2007 3:58 PM

Popcorn makes you fat

Posted by monkey | June 13, 2007 3:58 PM

FNARF Wrote:
"I can't believe they haven't banned it there a long time ago."

Fer Chrissakes Fnarf, who allowed them to have microwaves and on whose dime were they purchased? Let's get to the root of the
problem, dammit!

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | June 13, 2007 4:06 PM

Hahaha...sounds to me like someone's figured out a way to get a free break for 20 minutes or so on sunny afternoons! Brilliant! to burn some microwave popcorn...

Posted by Geni | June 13, 2007 4:10 PM

20 minutes my ass. I go home and lie down with a cold washcloth. I have the support of my boss on this as well. It's a fucking health issue.

Oh, and like Jones Soda isn't a corporation, and doesn't get their sugar from agribusiness. Uh-huh.

Posted by Fnarf | June 13, 2007 4:21 PM

there is nothing more disgusting than coming in and the whole office smells of pop corn and that butter that smells like warm paraguayan parrot turds.

Posted by SeMe | June 13, 2007 4:26 PM

Yeah, right, Fnarf, Jones Soda is just as big as corn syrupy Coke and Pepsi. Get real. Agribusiness doesn't like sugar because it means more work to sell their corn extract products.

Speaking of corn, what is it about microwave popcorn that causes the headaches? I know that diacetyl, which provides the butter flavoring, is blamed by some for damaging the lungs of popcorn industry workers. Wilkipedia says that the PFOA - pentadecafluorooctanoic acid, which is used to make Telfon, is also used in microwave popcorn bags, which migrate into the popcorn oil under the microwave process.

Posted by Ebenezer | June 13, 2007 4:56 PM

thanks everyone! my love for microwave popcorn has just left me. Teflon? Diacetyl? And here i thought it was just some corn in a paper bag.

Posted by call me a snot | June 13, 2007 5:01 PM

Who said anything about "as big as"? You suggested that Jones is some kind of a threat to Starbucks (huh?) and "agribusiness", but they ARE an agribusiness. And so is Big Sugar. Is evil supposed to be directly proportional to size? The reason Coke and Pepsi use HFCS is because it's cheaper; the reason Jones uses sugar is because it's a way to stand out in the market. A market they are competing in with Coke and Pepsi.

But then, I suppose you'll stop drinking Jones when they get big beyond a certain threshold -- because we gain moral value by consuming some corporate products but not others. Right? Or is Jones simply cooler because the CEO shaves his head?

It's easy to throw around words like "agribusiness" but hard to know what you're talking about.

Posted by Fnarf | June 13, 2007 5:03 PM

No 14 (ECB) - Thanks, pretty funny.

Posted by KitchenNazi | June 13, 2007 5:06 PM

If all it takes to bring City Hall to a halt is the scent of burned popcorn, then what does that say about the City of Seattle?

Posted by Gomez | June 13, 2007 5:12 PM

OK, after the EIGHTH building evactuation they issue the edict "if this problem continues..."?!

Posted by Dougsf | June 13, 2007 5:28 PM

Actually, I don't think it's that hard to know what "Agribusiness" means if you've done any reading of Fast Food Nation, Omnivore's Dilemma, What to Eat, etc. But that would mean having some knowledge about it before shooting your mouth off.

Posted by Ebenezer | June 13, 2007 5:52 PM

Well, at least we know now what they have been doing at City Hall. I was worried it would be worse.

Posted by Zander | June 13, 2007 6:19 PM

Every experience I've had with microwave popcorn meant waking up with my face on the stale bag.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 13, 2007 7:29 PM

It's not just City Hall; it's the whole damn City of Seattle.

Oh, and #14 was freakin' hilarious. I have now bookmarked that site.

Posted by city | June 13, 2007 7:44 PM

"There's nothing worse than when a coworker makes microwave popcorn. Yech. The office smells like stale butter for the rest of the day. Makes me want to take a shower."

Obviously you don't have any Southeast Asian co-workers.

Microwaved fish sauce is the nastiest thing EVER!

If anything should be outlawed it should be this chemical warfare.

Posted by K X One | June 13, 2007 7:54 PM

This calls for a Microwave Popcorn Licensing Ordinance.

Not for the majority of City employees, who microwave microwave-popcorn properly; but only for those few irresponsible ones who bring the City to grief.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 13, 2007 9:26 PM

Sugar, yummmm! FWIW, Jones' Soda got bumped from Starbucks, true, but beat out Pepsi to take over, starting this season, as the official soda at Qwest Field.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 14, 2007 7:00 AM

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