Internet stunned by comment advertising ‘Very Cool’ Club

Thousands of commenters were left in disbelief after an employee shared an interesting note left on a water cooler at their workplace.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/RemyBrady (aka the original poster or OP) posted a photo of the note, explaining that employees could pay a monthly fee to drink water while on the job. .

Titled “At work – where water ain’t free yo,” the viral post has received nearly 45,000 votes and 3,000 comments in the past 5 hours.

The note shared by the original poster is taped to a stereotypical office water cooler and begins with a somewhat odd address for employees.

“Hello water drinker,” the note begins.

“If you want to enjoy this wonderful POLAND SPRING WATER, go to Sandra or Michelle to sign up for the very cool WATER CLUB”, it continues.

“This water isn’t free, dude. Members can currently refill unlimited for $5 a month,” the note concludes.

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Redditors were stunned after an employee shared a note advertising a “very cool water club” that costs employees $5 a month.
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In the post’s top commentary, which received more than 8,000 votes, Redditor pointed out to u/bigdummy2023 that charging workers for drinking water may be a violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policy.

“If that’s the only place to get water, it’s illegal to pay per OSHA,” noted u/bigdummy2023.

“If there is also a sink or water fountain then it is legal and these people should learn to drink tap water,” she added.

According to the OSHA website, employers in the United States are required to provide workers with safe or potable drinking water for free.

OSHA standards require an employer to provide potable water in the workplace and permit employees to drink it. “Drinking water includes tap water that is safe to drink.”

“Employers cannot require employees to pay for water provided,” it continues. “An employer is not required to provide bottled water if drinking water is available.”

In another response to the viral Reddit post, which has received nearly 3,000 votes, Redditor u/saltcrown speculated that the “very cool water club” is the result of employees choosing to drink water other than tap water.

“It’s probably not the company that’s charging,” they wrote. “I think it’s the workers who got together and bought the water because the tap water is dirty.”

“Reminds me of a lab where I worked,” Redditor added u/zerostar83, receiving more than 1,000 votes. “Some people would use the only drinking fountain in the building as a drain for their lab samples. Hardly anyone wanted to use it.”

Redditor u/bsa554, whose comment has garnered more than 8,000 votes, also shared a story similar to the one in the viral post.

“At the school where I worked, we had a water club because it sucked tap water,” they wrote.

“We’re getting a new inspector who decides… he’s just covering the cost of the water,” they continued. “This led to the discovery that the school secretary had lied about how much water cost, overcharged everyone and pocketed the difference.”

In a separate comment, Redditor questioned u/HuckleberryThis2012 about the informal language used in the note shared by the original poster.

“‘Ain’t free yo’, the most professional words in the workplace,” they joked.

news week contacted u/RemyBrady for comment.


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