Some of the people I work with like to bring in food to share, which is kind and appreciated. Some of these people bring in food that they have grown themselves, and the work that they put into producing that food is very much appreciated.
At least a couple of these people will just leave a bag full of some kind of fruit or vegetable on a table in a break room with a note saying to help yourself, but with no mention of who left it there.
Sometimes this food will be spoiled.
I do not bring in any of my own home-grown food for precisely this reason; I would feel awful if someone else accidentally ate a bad piece. I have accidentally eaten some bad pieces from my own garden. As for the stuff at work, I have enjoyed some of this food several times, so I'm not sure if discouraging others is a good or bad idea.
Today I grabbed a plum out of just such a bag left in a break room. It had a soft spot, and I'm paranoid, so I decided to split it open. To my surprise, half of the plum inside had gone bad with an unpleasant odor and discolored appearance, and there were bugs inside the fruit, quite unpleasant looking ones at that. I did not expect all that from the soft spot I felt.
Now I'm torn. I believe that most bugs in fruit in my region (northeast US) are not harmful to eat, rather people just consider them gross. I sure don't want to eat it though. Also, one bad fruit doesn't mean the whole thing is bad; from my own garden I know that one or two could be bad and the rest fine, but I don't want to go opening all the fruit in the break room.
I do not know who left it there. I don't want to cause a panic by going in and declaring to everyone in the room that the fruit should be avoided (both over-dramatic and possibly not true). I would appear to be a troublemaker if I just go in and trash the bag of fruit. Even just leaving a note could leave anyone who reads it before the giver feeling sick mentally if they had already eaten some earlier. So I don't know what to do.
I'm considering just minding my own business and letting others who decide to take some potentially find out for themselves the hard way if they bite into a bad fruit and spit it out.
But then again, if more are bad, especially if others notice bugs, I'm not sure if there could be some backlash if anyone finds out I knew before they ate some. So I feel like there could be problems no matter what I do.
Does anyone know of any professional ways to handle anonymous public gifts at work which could potentially have issues? Assuming one could call "reacting to bad fruit" professional or not.