There is something strange at my workplace. As I write this, I feel the slight stab of irony. There are lots of strange things at my workplace, but that is de rigueur for a band of ESL teachers. Nonetheless, there is something strange at my workplace worth writing about.
We have a lunchroom, or break room, or kitchen area–it goes by a lot of different names. In its cupboards, there are things brought by teachers and members of the office staff. There is a weird collection of coffee cups, glasses, plates of all sizes, souvenirs that were given to teachers but never made it to their homes, and a variety of utensils. And this is where the weirdness comes in.
We get a steady flow of utensils in, but with freakish regularity, a particular type of utensil goes missing. Sometimes there are no spoons, and sometimes there are no forks. Eventually someone goes to the dollar store, or finds a box of cutlery at a garage sale, or maybe brings their cast-offs from home. Either way, the supply eventually gets replenished. Currently there are no forks.
As ESL teachers love to banter and be as pseudo intellectual as the next person, a lot of questing and hypothesizing goes on. Recently these are the questions I have heard.
- Where are all the forks? I saw a whole pile of them here just the other day. Why is it just the forks (this time)?
- Are people taking them home accidently?
- Is someone taking them home on purpose?
- Is it the same person?
- Is someone throwing them out?
- What can you get for a fork on the black-market?
- Do you think someone has a huge drawer filled with all the utensils that have gone missing?
- Why are there so many knives left?
Why do we have 25 sets of tongs? (See the photo above)
I don’t really know how to solve the mystery except setting up surveillance cameras.
Is there something that frequently goes missing in your workplace?