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living in the fridge 2: it’s mine December 9, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Free Food!, Living in the Fridge.
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“Living in the Fridge” is a week-long series covering things you’ll find in your office’s refrigerator.

CC-licensed photo by Flickr user quinn.anya.

CC-licensed photo by Flickr user quinn.anya.

“It’s Mine” Stickers. Once upon a time, I worked in a 24-hour business that had a lot of problems with food theft. The head of maintenance got around this by printing out sheets of labels. Some said “GO FOR IT” and others said “IT’S MINE” with a line for a name. And for the most part, that worked. But then, that business had more conscientious people in it. Food rarely, if ever, disappeared.

But those stickers? No. No way. Not going to work these days, not with people working unpaid overtime, late into the night, and desperate for something — anything — to give them enough blood sugar to drive home and collapse on the couch with a pint of ice cream or a paper bag from McDonalds. When you’re dizzy enough that it hurts to walk to the break room, it doesn’t matter whose name is on the item. It’s mine now.

Alternative Methods: Don’t use stickers that no one will read; packing tape to seal your food; order a pizza.

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