Wednesday, October 01, 2008


In the midst of my anger over the murder that happened here on Monday, I come into work to find that someone has stolen ALL of my cold drinks from our departmental fridge. They even took a bottle of sparkling grape juice our department chair was saving for a special occasion.

If they has asked me for a drink, I would've given it to them. But, to take all of them.......

A pox upon them and their kith and kin.


chattypatra said...

Oh, boy, does this bring back memories! I used to bring a yogurt to work every day when I worked at the...well, where I worked before my mother got sick. Anyway, one day I opened the fridge and it wasn't there. I asked around and nobody knew anything. So, as peeved as I was, I had to forget it.

THEN, the next day, the same thing happened. Now I began to really get upset. After all, this wasn't just any yogurt, it was my snack and it was a large Dannon yogurt, which we all know are expensive.

Once again, nobody had seen anything. I was determined to find out. On the third day, I wrote my name on the yogurt with a Sharpie. There'd be no excuse for the thief if he/she took it, right?

So - with permission from my supervisor - I went to the kitchen five minutes before the official break time. Lo and behold, guess who was standing in front of the refrigerator, casually eating my yogurt?

MY DEPARTMENT'S MANAGER! When I caught him red handed he asked, what are you doing here? It's not your break time yet. I said, "Sir, is that your yogurt? Because it has my name on it."

"Oh, I'm sorry, is this yours? I didn't notice! Well, tell you what let me pay you for it. How much was it, a dollar? Here it is."

"Actually, that would be THREE dollars, since you ate the other two I brought this week."

He looked at me, forked over the money, and never ate one of my yogurts again.

I feel your pain, Mac. I really do.

Paul Dunn said...

It just shows you how low the nature of man can be. I try not to keep too much food or drink sitting around at work, because people are notorious for taking whatever they can get their hands on (even food in Gladware containers!). I mean, c'mon.

I would guess that this behavior would be more commonplace in a school/college setting because it's either a kid or someone who knows that a kid would like be blamed for the theft. But rest assured, it happens in offices as well.

TIP: Never leave more than 1 or 2 Cokes in the company fridge at a time. And even then, try not to leave them in plain sight (hide in a bag or soft cooler). Unless you've got generic brand soft drinks, I would only store one at a time in the fridge. After 2-3 hours in the fridge, they are usually cool enough to drink.