ok that´s really weird. a company where it´s not just about work, but they sell their workers their own expensive food and try to urge them to buy it? how dubious and transboundary.This wasn't the last incident. They tried to push me into a lunch at a restaurant attached to the building I worked in. This would have been about £25 at least. When invited I just politely but more firmly declined. When asked why, I told them (quite honestly) I couldn't afford to spend that on lunch. Then they started questioning me on where my money had gone so soon since "you were just paid last week..." Really shows just how entitled they were! I don't think I should have to justify my finances to anyone!
I mean some companys offer a canteen, as a service, but it´s usually cheaper than food from the city and even when not, really noone cares if you eat there or not. they often just say that they have something like that and that was it.
what you explain sounds more like a system of rip offing workers. they maybe exploit that some people like you had problems to decline it.
restaurant for a lunch break. what the hell why not offering a 7 star hotel?
where you worked? Mafia Inc.? : D
and yeah you´re right, your finances are not anyones business.