For 3 weeks I've been doing a project with my school team for another company (it's unpaid). We make biweekly (twice a week) visits to the company.
It's a company with around 8 employees.
The way lunch works at that company is that they put everyone's name in a randomizer. The one who gets chosen has to do the groceries. But on the two days that we go there they only put the name of me and my school team. They expect us to do the groceries for them before lunch. We have to pay, but they reimburse us.
So last week we said that we as a team were going go eat lunch outside. A woman that works there came to us and said, that it's not nice and actually we are supposed to eat lunch here and that we should eat lunch with them.
I think she was more upset that we didn’t do the groceries for her. She is not even the boss there. I felt like she has no right to tell us where to eat.
Is it reasonable to expect us to eat lunch with them every time?
I've worked for different companies but this is the first time I'm hearing this.
I'm there as part of my software engineering course. Rather than doing a project for the university, the university want us to do it for a company. Bunch of different companies came to the university at the start of this school year and presented what they do. We had to rank which company appealed us most to least. The company I chose didn't mention anything about doing groceries, it was only the technical aspect of what they were looking for.