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Anyone who has ever had their lunch or even a beverage swiped away from them at work is sure to relate to this one.

Thanks to this viral photo, a debate has begun when it comes to office etiquette and we are endlessly fascinated by it.

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Reddit user u/Vented55 is the one who is responsible for the chaos, as they posted a photo in the subreddit r/CasualUK.

There is a fridge in this office and inside of that fridge is several bottles of milk. You will probably notice that one of those bottles has a padlock on it. This simple decision has now gotten a lot of people talking and rightfully so. It’s the sort of story that is sure to inspire feelings in one direction or the other.

Peak pettiness or justifiable security in the office kitchen?
byu/Vented55 inCasualUK

“Peak pettiness or justifiable security in the office kitchen,” the photo is captioned.

As someone who has had food and drinks stolen at work, we are leaning to the latter choice, if we are being 100 percent honest here. The thread is an absolute goldmine as well. Reddit users have flooded the page, sharing their own stories about office fridge issues that have left them fuming.

In fact, most of the comments sided with us. They did not think that the person overstepped by doing so and that’s because office food and drink theft is shockingly common. It’s one of those things where you would think that people are exaggerating until you finally stop to hear all of the horror stories that typically take place in these settings.

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“As someone who used to buy 2 pints of milk every week, only for it to be completely empty by Wednesday morning, I totally understand the rationale,” Silver76 shared. “I vote not petty.”

“I’m always happy to share my milk in the office, but the amount of times I have found that MY milk which I bought is completely empty with no replacement offered/available makes me feel this is completely justified. Nothing worse than making a cuppa only to find that someone finished the milk and left you high and dry (of milk),” Williamblair says.

There you have it. We are not on the wrong side of history here. What do you think of this gambit? We are sorry but anyone who says that a padlock is going too far simply has not spent much time in an office setting before!