Office Worker’s Milk Padlock: Peak Pettiness or Justifiable Self-Defense?

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A viral image showing an employee locking their milk using a padlock in the office kitchen’s fridge sparked controversy with many people wondering if the action was peak pettiness or justifiable security.

Members of the Reddit community had many opinions to share on the subject. We have sampled some of the best ones here.

It’s a Disgrace

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“It’s kind of both at once. If people didn’t take what’s not theirs there would be no need. I wouldn’t go that far with milk but people lost food at the last place I was at. 12-hour shift with no food ain’t a joke,” noted one user.

Another shared her story, “It’s a disgrace honestly. I once ate someone’s rustlers burger (yes I know) by mistake because I used to take them in sometimes. I was mortified when I realized what I had done and trekked around the whole factory to find the person it belonged to and apologize. Luckily they saw the funny side and happily ate what I’d actually brought in for myself.”

Justifiable

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“100% justifiable. People will drink right out of your milk container and no one respects other people’s items in the communal fridge. I haven’t used the communal fridge in 20 years, all it took was seeing one grubby person rooting through everyone’s lunch bags one time and I was out.

Cooler bag + reusable ice packs. If it can’t go in my cooler bag, I don’t need it,” Quipped another person.

Threw Out My Food

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A user shared a horrific experience with a colleague, “A coworker once opened my new jar of kimchi, ate some, and then threw the entire thing in the bin because it was “gross.” Words were had.”

Some people act like what is in the fridge is public property, “Definitely justifiable. I’ve had people steal my lunch and drinks before and even caught one guy. He acted like it wasn’t a problem and if I didn’t want it to be stolen I shouldn’t leave it in the fridge for anyone to take it.”

Food Isn’t Public

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Another user agreed saying, “Completely justifiable. Idk why there’s this idea that stuff in the fridge is public, with some line drawn between milk/sandwiches. It’s their food, they can do what they want with it. Nothing wrong with asking for milk if you want it that badly.”

One user said people will steal even when you mark clearly, “100% justifiable. My work stopped getting milk for a few weeks, I brought my own in and people helped themselves to it. I wrote my name on the bottle with a permanent marker, people still used it without asking. I brought a carton of almond milk and the next day the milk thieves revealed themselves, there were two bottles of semi-skimmed with their owners names on the side in the fridge.”

Keep It Safe

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Some had mastered the art of keeping their food safe, “When I worked in an office with a rampant fridge content thief I kept my lunch in a cool bag with a freeze block and brought in milk in a flask. I couldn’t deal with the thought someone might open the Tupperware and touch my salad.”

One user admitted that they would do whatever is necessary to ensure their food was not stolen, “I would be triple pack-locking everything with an additional fingerprint scan to get to the milk and food. You wouldn’t believe the amount of stealing that happened between grown adults because they don’t want to pack a sandwich or don’t want to pay an extra few pounds for a snack.”

He Thought It Was Odd He Was Invited to His Niece’s Wedding but After Driving for 600 Miles He Found Out Why

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A Reddit user shared a story about how he was invited to his niece’s rehearsal dinner 600 miles away, which he thought was a bit weird, but he was about to find out why he was invited.

He Thought It Was Odd He Was Invited to His Niece’s Wedding but After Driving for 600 Miles He Found Out Why

I Don’t Work Here! Karen Wants Her To Serve Them in a Restaurant She Does Not Work At, “Don’t You Take an Oath or Something?

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The original poster (OP) is a student who works as a waitress on the side. However, this story takes place at a restaurant where she DOES NOT work, even sometimes. She was there as a customer, but someone said no.

I Don’t Work Here! Karen Wants Her To Serve Them in a Restaurant She Does Not Work At, “Don’t You Take an Oath or Something?

She Went Back Home After Her Husband Chose to SHARE THE BED With His Friend and Asked Her to Sleep on the Floor

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One Reddit user posted in the “Am I the ***hole” group on Reddit, asking whether she was wrong for cutting her vacation short and returning home after her husband asked her to sleep on the floor instead of the bed.

She Went Back Home After Her Husband Chose to SHARE THE BED With His Friend and Asked Her to Sleep on the Floor

They Were Invited to a BBQ but Then Showed Up to An Empty Grill Because The Hosts Thought They Were Bringing The Food

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A Reddit user shared a story about how they were invited to a BBQ only to realize they were expected to bring food for the occasion. The hosts became annoyed when they didn’t bring food and refused to buy.

They Were Invited to a BBQ but Then Showed Up to An Empty Grill Because The Hosts Thought They Were Bringing The Food

Who Is In the Wrong, the Thief or the Food Owner? Office Lunch Thief Suffers Anaphylactic Shock and Ends up in Hospital

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A Redditor posted in the “Am I the ***hole” subreddit to ask whether he was in the wrong for sending his coworker into an anaphylactic shock.

Office Lunch Thief Suffers Anaphylactic Shock and Ends up in Hospital: Who Is In the Wrong, the Thief or the Food Owner?
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Originally posted 2023-10-05 11:00:34.