Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Mystery of the Leftover Thief

The communal refrigerator at work is stocked with lots of delicious goodies, some healthy and some not, to satisfy the fussiest taste buds. There's blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, cheeses, sodas, milk, etc. Additionally, there's cookies, crackers, cereal, chocolates, nuts, candies, pretzels, peanut butter, breads, bagels, muffins, coffees, teas, etc. stacked on shelves for easy access. It's a smorgasbord of delight, a sugar lover's nirvana. There's even a request list taped to the refrigerator to make sure no one's craving goes unquenched.

But something very mysterious has been happening. Someone is shunning the communal goodies and stealing people's leftovers, the take-out containers they bring back when they go out to lunch. Yesterday it was pad thai and mushi pork. The other day it was eggplant parmegiana.

What would provoke someone to do that? Can it be the thief has a fetish, a secret arousal from eating someone else's half-eaten food?

I've placed a note on the refrigerator asking people not to take what's not theirs, and if they're uncertain of who's food it is they should ask before they bite.

But the mystery continues...

Maybe I should secretly install a video camera and then post the culprit video on You Tube.

Wouldn't it be funny if it was the big boss doing the stealing?

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