Yet another Tim Tam has been taken from the staffroom table and eaten by teacher, Ms Marjorie Hall, despite her refusal to pay $25 into the Everyday P-12 School morning tea fund this term.
The $25 is used to purchase biscuits, cheese, chocolates and other snacks for the contributing staff to eat at recess. Business manager, and iron-fisted overseer of the morning tea fund, Mrs Dorothy Reid explained, ‘Marjorie refuses to contribute financially for morning tea claiming she doesn’t want to eat biscuits as she’s watching her weight. Well, I’m watching her eat a biscuit almost every day. Biscuits she hasn’t paid for.’
Ms Hall has this term consumed eleven chocolate biscuits, six serves of biscuits and cheese, nine handfuls of chips and all the Cherry Ripe chocolates from a Cadbury Celebrations pack.
According to detailed records kept by Mrs Reid, Ms Hall has this term consumed eleven chocolate biscuits, six serves of biscuits and cheese, nine handfuls of chips and all the Cherry Ripe chocolates from a Cadbury Celebrations pack. ‘She’s eaten approximately $12.66 worth of food already.’
Even after signage indicating that the snacks were exclusively for staff who had contributed to the morning tea fund were displayed, the grazing Prep teacher still devoured a Tim Tam. ‘And it wasn’t any old Tim Tam, it was a salted caramel one,’ said Mrs Reid. The officious office lady then took a more direct route to halt Ms Hall.
And it wasn’t any old Tim Tam, it was a salted caramel one
Witness, Ms Julie Finlayson, recounts, ‘Yesterday Marjorie said “I guess one biscuit won’t hurt” and grabbed what I believe was a Shortbread Cream. Dot snatched it out of her hand like it was an extra card at a bingo draw and said if she wanted it back she had to pay twenty-five dollars into the morning tea fund.’
While Mrs Reid seems to have stopped Mrs Hall’s ‘stealing’ of snacks, she isn’t resting on her laurels. She has printed up ‘Morning Tea Club’ lanyards, with identifying photos, and given them to all staff who have contributed to the morning tea fund. Staff are required to wear these lanyards during all recess breaks in order to consume snacks. ‘If someone is eating the snacks without a lanyard we know they are stealing from us,’ said Mrs Reid. ‘It makes the process much easier to police. I don’t have to rush back into the office to check the morning tea records every time someone eats a Tim Tam.’