Woman Teaches Workplace Thief a Lesson After Her Coffee Creamer Gets Stolen

Woman Teaches Workplace Thief a Lesson After Her Coffee Creamer Gets Stolen
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From the archives: This story was last updated in July 2019.
Most workplace lunchrooms have a common refrigerator where staff can put their lunches to keep them fresh during working hours. And also in many workplaces, we often hear stories of co-workers taking other people’s goods—even when the items are labeled. And indeed, some of these stories become the stuff of workplace legend!

In one instance that went viral online, a woman brought her own coffee creamer to work and placed it in the staff refrigerator, and, to her dismay, she soon realized that someone in the office was using it. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands and teach the culprit a lesson. She decided to put a note on it, and what she wrote has since garnered much attention online.

She taped the note on the coffee creamer bottle and placed it back in the office refrigerator for everyone to see. Guess what it said?
Good Morning!
To whomever has been enjoying my coffee creamer all week … Surprise!!!
You’ve been drinking my
Hope you’ve enjoyed. Cheers!
P.S. It’s organic. So no worries :) As for whether it was true or not, that’s anyone’s guess, but one can assume the culprit probably had second thoughts about borrowing the creamer after that episode!
Reddit user Phantom0591 posted a photo of the note on the social media site, and it garnered many interesting reactions. Squabbles123 wrote, “Best counter to this is to replace it with a new note that says: ‘Refill Please.’”

Heyyouknowmeto wrote, “This week just keeps getting sweeter. Captain Crunch Coffee Creamer.”

Another Reddit user, misterbondpt, offered an ironic prediction, “Coffee creamer usage increased after that.”

Mikekeykey suggested a novel reply, “OP should offer sugar cookies with it.”


Of course, we don’t know what the reaction was when the thief saw the note, or if there was one, but there have been similar instances of clear labeling at the workplace where co-workers have indeed taken the time to respond. And some of the responses are actually quite hilarious!

What’s the main lesson learned from all of this? Be considerate, and don’t take stuff that doesn’t belong to you. You'll never know what type of comeuppance will be in store!