She’s big fork you to workers everywhere.
As employees return to their desks, cutlery is disappearing from workplaces around the world at shockingly high rates. The Wall Street Journal reported.
It’s gotten to the point where regular people like Ben Stiller, who works for the Canadian National Truck Association, have deputized themselves as “fork police” in their offices.
He used to send disgraceful emails to colleagues in an effort to guilt-trip, as he calls them, “the fork thieves” into returning the metal goods.
However, his efforts are as successful as trying to eat soup with the slotted tool.
“They all came back, and two weeks later, they were all gone again,” Stiller, who was tired of seeing only spoons in the office, told the newspaper.
“We never solved the problem.”
Meanwhile, Nicola Williams, a London office manager, finds herself ordering 100 new pieces of communal cutlery every six months or so — the office only sees 125 workers in a good week.
I’ve been sent out emails saying, ‘We’re missing a few forks,'” said Williams, who works for financial media firm PEI Group.
The Blood Sport for Thorns inspired Product Manager Jennifer Ta to get into work early and ahead of her co-workers on one personal day a week.
Often left high and dry without an eating device at work, Ta said immediately, she hurries to the kitchen to grab a fork as well as a mug and a teaspoon “because everything in the kitchen is a hot commodity.”
“I’m not taking any chances,” added Ta, who occasionally took home items like a fork.
Another factor in the game is the environmentally friendly practices being implemented by offices around the world – 60% in the US and Canada according to a 2021 survey by Captivate – which has eliminated many single-use plastic utensils, thus leaving reusable materials in Significantly higher demand.
“I was walking halfway around the block looking for a thorn,” said Mike Williams, a Sydney-based documentary and podcast producer.
After he inadvertently collected 20 desk forks (which his wife gave him back), Williams described the bizarre phenomenon as “a crisis facing lunchrooms across the country.”
“When you get a fork, you naturally want to hold on to the fork,” Williams said.
Pot thieves were even studied in a 2020 paper published in the Australian Medical Journal.
Researchers at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital were unable to provide a definitive answer as to where the utensils went in the medical facility’s restroom and even suggested radio frequency identification chips as a way to keep drawers full.
However, as in the case of Williams, the honor system prevailed in some cases, with researchers noting that some forks returned. They weren’t originally from a hospital rest room, according to lead author of the research and medical director at Royal Brisbane, Mark Matteosi.
“This is the phenomenon of the resurrection of the thorn,” he said.
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