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Fridge Mystery, Vol. 2

November 29th, 2010

EDDIE DANIELS – Well, it’s been a few months since our last WJTL kitchen mystery and this one is a doozy.

I got in this morning around 6am and, as I put my lunch in the refrigerator, I noticed an unidentified bag of random mystery snacks. Here’s what was in the bag:

  • 1 Dr. Pepper
  • 1 half-full bottle of Arnold Palmer half-tea/half-lemonade
  • 1 Starbucks frappuccino
  • 1 box of peanut M&Ms
  • 1 box of Swedish Fish
  • 1 bag of chocolate Chanukah coins

To say that we are stumped is a major understatement. Kristi and I must have hypothesized for a good 10 minutes. Ann suggested we test the partially-consumed tea/lemonade for DNA. Was it someone on the air over the weekend? At first I thought it may have been Lisa Landis, but if you know Lisa you know she’d never get caught with so many sugary treats. I thought it may have been Ashlea, who was in on Saturday, but she usually keeps her snacks stashed upstairs in her desk.

So again, I turn to you, WJTL blog-reader. I’d love to hear your theories. Where did the food come from? Who brought it? Why was it left here? Who keeps candy in the fridge? And, most importantly, how long do I have to let it sit there before I crack open the M&Ms?




  1. Desmin Peifer
    November 29th, 2010 at 14:30 | #1

    This looks like an idea for a new TV series: CSI: Lancaster! :) As for the M&Ms, I say you ask around, and if nobody confesses, they are fair game for eating! If you had some youthgroups there for youth group night, they could have left it, and you just recently found it in the back of the fridge. Who knows…

  2. Deb
    November 30th, 2010 at 08:09 | #2

    Haaa You found stocking stuffers for office.

  3. Lisa
    November 30th, 2010 at 09:11 | #3

    I got dibs on the Chanukah coins.

  4. Rick L. Keener
    November 30th, 2010 at 10:22 | #4

    Public Refrigerator? A sign should be placed on the outside of the door instructing that “All items “MUST” be labeled with name and date” (for health reasons, right! (yeah, health reasons . . . “that’s the ticket”)). Then anything that is unmarked, or been there for more than two weeks becomes “fair game” for community consumption, gratuitous grazing, serendipitous snacking (did I mention that I adore aliteration and parenthetical phrases). In any case, the publicity produced persuant to this issue should have prompted propritory response by now, so if there hasn’t been any, “go for it”, “pig out”, it will teach the truant (yeah, teach . . . “that’s the ticket”).

  5. stephen
    November 30th, 2010 at 15:59 | #5

    Eddie,

    What kind of bag were these items in? If it was a CVS/Rite Aid bag, then it is clearly someone who was on their way to the movies. And you notice how there are three sweets and three beverages? This stash was clearly intended for three people. Who have little concern with their sugar intake.

  6. Linda
    December 1st, 2010 at 13:42 | #6

    Eddie, Eddie, Eddie…..how could you think that it was Lisa? You know she only drinks Turkey Hill Iced Tea!

  7. Kathy
    December 15th, 2010 at 23:33 | #7

    Eddie,
    It had to be a dentist who snuck in overnight, hoping someone will eat and drink everything, then need cavities filled. Also, left in frig, so it would break teeth, also needing fixed. I would wait only 1 one day before scarfing down the M&M’s (as long as they weren’t opened), let them warm up a little first though. :-)

  8. January 14th, 2011 at 10:10 | #8

    m&m’s??? what about those swedish fish?? can i come by and get those on my lunch break? :)

  9. Cherie
    January 24th, 2011 at 14:06 | #9

    If Chris Strayer is still on staff I’d check with him. I knew him when he was a Middle Schooler
    and it reminds me of something he might have had in his lunches. That or someone who needed to stay
    up late with all that caffeine & sugar. Hmmm.

  10. Josh Phillips
    January 27th, 2011 at 22:42 | #10

    i like Stephen’s theory that they were snacks that were intended for the movie theater, but I am not sure that it is for three people. That looks like a good set of snacks for one person for a two hour movies.

  11. Josh Phillips
    January 27th, 2011 at 22:45 | #11

    BTW, I love public kitchen mysteries. I used to have roommates, and my fridge still has mysteries (stuff that I know that I didn’t buy, but it is still in my fridge, and I haven’t had roommates for over a year). Most of the stuff now is just salad dressings with ‘best by’ dates of sometime in mid 2008.

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