I am a foreigner who works in a big company in the US for the past few years. I work across multiple departments so I dealt with many coworkers and not just my team.
I am very social so I am close to many. Most of whom met me know exactly which country I come from. For the entire period working here, I never met or knew, or anyone mentioned, that another colleague is from the same country I come from. So it is pretty known that "I am the only one".
We have a shared place were employees sit, take their breaks and have lunch. Most of the times you would find extra food on a table with a note that says "Help your self".
Today, there was an opened container with food in it, imagine a pickles container for example. With a note that says:
"Pickles from CountryX. Help yourself!"
Now the issue is that, the container was very rusty and disgusting, and food was probably spoiled. You would not want to put a finger on it or its food.
The first impression I got when I saw it, was is that employees will think I brought this disgusting thing to the workplace, because the note says my country. Who else would that be?
I would like to throw the whole thing in garbage, with the note. Is that professional? What to say if someone sees me or maybe I should do something else?