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Boss charges monthly fee for drinking from company water cooler

A boss’ unusual work policy has ruffled some feathers online.

An employee took to Reddit to explain that his boss requires him to pay a monthly fee to drink water from the water cooler at work.

The boss wants employees to pay $5 a month to join the “water club” to enjoy the cool drink.

“Hello water drinker,” the sign read via Reddit. “If you want to enjoy this delicious POLAND SPRING WATER, please consult Sandra or Michelle to join the very cool WATER CLUB.”

“This water is not free,” the panel continued, with the boss adding, “Members currently get unlimited refills for $5 a month.”

Users were shocked by the sign. “For $60 a year this water would cure cancer better,” wrote one user, while another commented, “I’d just get water out of it anyway lol. What are they going to do? Fire you for drinking water?”

Others explained that their workplace had similar policies.

“I worked at a place with a water club. The company had water delivered, but a group of employees still set up a $5/month water club that gave you access to coolers like this (not in Poland Springs, so it’s not It was a place where you needed a pass to get there, so the company knew and approved of this practice,” wrote one person, while another said, “At the school where I worked, we had a water club because the tap water sucked.”

Other users made suggestions to the employee on how to bypass the monthly fee payment.

“For $5 a month you can buy bottled water for the month. Or bring a giant jug of water from your house every day,” one person wrote, while another scoffed: “ Put a brita in the fridge from work lol.”

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