Police in northern England are using padlocks to stop light-fingered colleagues from pinching their milk.
A trainee officer tweeted a snap Sunday showing the extreme measures that some cops at the Halifax Police Station in West Yorkshire are taking to protect their plastic containers of the white stuff in the communal fridge.
One was even wrapped in biohazard warning tape to scare possible pilferers away. “When he said find one without a padlock, thought he was joking..!” wrote the trainee officer, PC Ryan Sharp.
Sharp told HuffPost it was “just something I found amusing.”
“Most police stations I know of have tea funds to pay for milk, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, etc...,” he said. “I’ve seen milk marked up with team numbers to identify them ― but this was just another step further, and it made me laugh. I shared it in case it might make someone smile like it made me.”
The image is now going viral, with many commenters lightheartedly registering their disgust that even police departments can be affected by milk theft.
Some have also pointed out how determined milk thieves could get around the makeshift devices: