A man lived in a shared flat with two roommates, and they all shared the costs of rent and bills. However, they did not share the costs of groceries, and this would soon lead to arguments regarding food theft. Here is what he had to say:
While the roommates maintained clear boundaries about sharing expenses, groceries remained a point of contention. Each resident labeled their own food items in the fridge to prevent mix-ups.
Despite the labeled groceries, problems still arose. “I get home from work and containers with my leftovers are sometimes missing, or my stuff finishes too quickly”, explained the man. “My gallon of milk for example – I buy almond milk because I like the taste. But it seems to finish after a week even though I’ve only drank it once or twice.”
Confrontation and Denial
The man was certain that the thief was his roommate named R. He confronted R multiple times about the issue, leading to heated arguments. “He outright denies it and tells me I’m crazy even though it’s so obvious”, the man wrote.
Ruling Out Suspects
The man worked an early morning shift and carpooled with the second roommate, and had ruled him out as a suspect. The food theft incidents typically occurred after they returned home from work, and R had already left for his job. The other roommate had also experienced minor food theft issues.
Irony of Selfishness
Ironically, R was known for buying an abundance of food for himself and guarding it fiercely. He habitually marked his territory in the kitchen and urged his roommates not to touch his supplies. This possessiveness stood in stark contrast to his casual pilfering of their food.
Taking Matters into His Own Hands
Fed up with the recurring problem, the man decided to take matters into his own hands. He purchased regular dairy milk, drank the last of his almond milk, and refilled the almond milk container with the cow’s milk. His plan was to catch R in the act, especially considering that R was lactose intolerant.
Confrontation and Admission
The next day, the confrontation finally reached its climax when R confronted the roommate about the milk switch. He admitted to “sometimes” taking his roommate’s milk and food but appeared more concerned about the milk switch itself. The man pointed out that he wouldn’t have resorted to such measures if R had either stopped stealing or admitted to his actions.
To the roommate’s relief, his other housemate backed him up and even found humor in the situation. They believed that R deserved this consequence for his repeated food theft. However, the atmosphere in the apartment grew tense as R attempted to convince the second roommate to side with him and evict the man.
Seeking a Fresh Start
Unbeknownst to R, both of his housemates had begun looking for alternative living arrangements. They had grown tired of his behavior and wished to leave the problematic environment behind.
The aggrieved roommate found himself at a crossroads, wondering if his actions were justified or if he was in the wrong. Some friends supported his stance, while others believed his actions were too extreme. In the end, the question remained: was it immoral to cause his lactose-intolerant roommate to drink dairy milk?
Telling His Story
The man headed online to tell his story, opening the thread up for comments from strangers. The online community was unified with the belief that the man had done nothing wrong. “As you said, if R wasn’t stealing your food, he wouldn’t have had a problem”, justified one reader.
He Deserved it
Everyone agreed that the thief deserved what happened to him. “It’s your food – you could have put laxatives in it or even your pet’s medication in it, and I would still say you did nothing wrong”, one commenter wrote.
A Poopy End
One Finnish reader shared a humorous idiom that they believed justified the thief’s breach of his lactose intolerance. “There is a saying in Finnish that translates to ‘The greedy ones have a poopy end’, and I think that’s what happened here”, they laughed.
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