Case of missing coffee mug goes viral

by Stephanie Zillman03 May 2013

Just in case any evidence was needed that employees take their coffee extremely seriously, an email outlining in fastidious detail the last known whereabouts of a worker’s favourite mug has gone viral.

Rio Tinto worker Edmund Lim’s coffee mug went missing from his Perth office while he was taking a toilet break, and hasn’t been seen since.

Lim was so infuriated about the mug's disappearance that he sent his workmates a hostile email, complete with a meticulously laid-out timeline of events.

The email begins: "Sometime after 10.30 this morning, my coffee cup was stolen," Lim wrote.

"The details are as follows.

1. I brought my cup to the men's washroom

2. I left it next to the washroom sinks

3. I then proceeded to use the bathroom stall

4. In that time, I know someone entered and exited the room, and I know after that person used the urinal, they grabbed a few pieces of paper towel

5. I exited the bathroom stall afterwards

6. My cup was then missing."

Lim went on to apologise if the email sounded "trivial" but affirmed that the cup was a "personal item". He then attached a picture of the colourful mug in a bid to track it down. "I cannot believe the audacity of someone to do that. It is rather a nice cup," Lim also quipped.

The email, which evoked much amusement among Lim's colleagues, went viral a month later, bouncing its way around Australian inboxes before going global.

All is well again though, Lim has since been reunited with the colourful cup.



  • by Mark 3/05/2013 2:30:42 PM

    Hope he's not a victim of workplace bullying here while we're all chuckling away at our desks at his expense.

    Just a thought.

  • by Anonymous 10/05/2013 7:09:43 AM

    Shame, I thought of "Workplace Bullying" straight away, not about the missing coffee mug ???