A woman in Taipei loves yogurt so much, she'll go to any lengths to figure out which of her roommates took the last of her delicious snack from the refrigerator...even if it means launching a full-scale police investigation.
The unnamed woman, a student at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, returned home in November to find her bottle of yogurt discarded in the trash can after someone ate the contents. She immediately confronted her roommates, who all claimed they were innocent of the dastardly deed.
@munchies You can't put a price tag on trust 😂— Ramona H. Eitelwein (@Ramona H. Eitelwein)1544122845.0
In most cases, the story would end there. But not this time! The woman took her empty yogurt bottle to the police station and demanded local officers open an investigation into which of her roommates was the yogurt thief. To the surprise of almost everyone involved, the police agreed.
As one should https://t.co/XVPsPZmTMB— Josh Mankiewicz (@Josh Mankiewicz)1544379663.0
When the cops couldn't find any fingerprints on the bottle, they decided to use more drastic measures: DNA testing. The department spent around $500 performing a series of genetic tests on both the roommates and the $2 bottle of yogurt, which ultimately revealed which of the woman's housemates was untrustworthy.
Fun Fact: In Taiwan, govt spent $15,000 on 5 DNA tests to figure out who drank someone’s yogurt and is now being ch… https://t.co/ONfk4ogOn7— Alonso Talamantes (@Alonso Talamantes)1544058153.0
On Twitter, yogurt fans understood the woman's passion for justice:
@JoshMankiewicz @KaraKellyFNP The $500 for DNA tests sounds reasonable and worth it IMO. The $2 for yogurt is where… https://t.co/4KBiQPSp7o— Great Lakes True Crime🇺🇲🇨🇦🍀 (@Great Lakes True Crime🇺🇲🇨🇦🍀)1544388792.0
@JoshMankiewicz Justice is best served cold like yogurt The proof of the yogurt is in the eating (and the follow… https://t.co/FISnCoo4I3— Hank Pabst (@Hank Pabst)1544380632.0
@JoshMankiewicz That’ll teach em!— Diane Alexanian (@Diane Alexanian)1544434103.0
@JoshMankiewicz That’s some real stuff there! Best yet!! It’s all about the principle!! Just saying!! Hehe 😁— teannabeth (@teannabeth)1544411388.0
Others thought bringing criminal charges against a yogurt thief could be an overreaction.
@JoshMankiewicz Some people are the “it’s the principle of the thing” people. To me, it’s the thing. And that would make me $498 richer— patluvstennis (@patluvstennis)1544399104.0
The guilty party is now facing charges of theft, though the police department has come under fire from Taipei's citizens for its misuse of funds and time.
A local resident told Apple Daily:
"It is a waste of social resources. If I were the policeman, I would buy a bottle [of yogurt] to give to her. The cost of manpower and material resources is too great."
An unnamed police officer also likened the entire ordeal to "using a cannon to shoot birds," which seems like a pretty apt metaphor.
@JoshMankiewicz I can tell by this article which roommate is worse and it's not the one that ate the yogurt— ourtruecrimepodcast (@ourtruecrimepodcast)1544392541.0
A special note to college students everywhere: Sometimes, your yogurt will get eaten. It's okay to be mad, but going to the police may be a step too far.