The Economics of the Candy Jar
Nicole Dieker

I used to work as a support person in a clinic full of surgeons, and my coworker, another support person, usually had a jar of mini Reese’s cups on her desk. A particularly obnoxious doctor came to her desk (which was right next to mine) looking for candy on a day my coworker was off, and began to complain to me when he realized the jar was empty. I suggested that it might be nice for him to fill the jar with candy since chocolate gets expensive when every surgeon and resident in the clinic stops by once a day (and since we made, at most, 1/15th of his salary). He was less than amused. TLDR: surgeons are terrible (until you need one); buy a bag of candy every now and then for the support person’s candy jar.

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