Hi Zara That seems an absolutely ridiculous stance for your boss to take. You are an adult and eating in an area out of bounds to children so should be able to do what you like (within reason!) I mean, if you were knocking back the gin (and that would be understandable at this stage of the term!) then he would have a reason to complain but crisps.....? If you follow his argument to its natural conclusion then all rules which apply to children apply equally to staff. You'll be in school uniform next and putting your hand up to ask them questions. Do staff have no privileges? The man's an idiot.