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And you think your office fridge is gross!

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Maybe you’ve joked that the contents of your workplace refrigerator constitute a toxic-waste cleanup site. At the AT&T building in San Jose last month, that was no joke.

An enterprising office worker’s bid to clean out the rotten food and scrub down the (unplugged) fridge caused a smell so noxious that it sickened 28 co-workers and sent seven to the hospital. The mix of festering food smells and disinfectant caused firefighters to evacuate the building and call in a hazmat team.

The worker who cleaned the fridge didn’t understand all the hubbub. She couldn’t smell because of her allergies.

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