The Lunch Boxes of Mexico's Office Workers


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The Lunch Boxes of Mexico's Office Workers

We asked the busy people what got them through a grueling day at work.

Arturo, 39 years old. Chicken stew with lemon and vegetables.

This article originally appeared on VICE Mexico.

In Mexico there is a word for the most universal type of worker: the godínez. It's a derogatory term used to describe the kind of people who keep businesses running but see none of the rewards. The pencil pushers, if you will.

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Monday through Friday, you can see the so-called godínez pacing up and down Paseo de la Reforma, a street known for being home to Mexico's rich and powerful. These employees, with their lanyards swinging and lunch boxes tucked under their arms, aren't the rich nor the powerful, but they're often the ones who keep a company operating day in and day out.


To get a little insight into the lives of these people, we asked some of them to show us what sort of lunch gets them through a grueling day at work.

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Fernanda, 25 years old. Bananas, boiled egg, and lime.

Ramón, 33 years old. Salmon, tomatoes, and pineapples.

Gerardo, 47 years old. Breakfast cereal and an apple.

Luis, 19 years old. Canned tuna with tomatoes, toast, and habanero pepper.

Laura, 42 years old. Chicken with mole sauce and beans.

Andrea, 18 years old. Quesadillas and jalapeños.

Pablo, 24 years old. Mexican-style sausages and tortillas.