Stealing from dining halls is not a new phenomenon. Food, napkin holders, salt shakers, and pepper shakers are all popular with plundering students. Even such high-ticket items as couches from the Gate and televisions from Josiah’s have fallen prey to thieves. But Dunleavy says the copping of cups is different because of its scope.
So far students have ignored a plea to return the pilfered cups, although thirty were recovered in an “amnesty box” placed outside the V-Dub. Dunleavy says the eatery has ordered replacements, but she says that if those disappear the dining hall will switch to smaller cups, like the glorified shot glasses used at the Sharpe Refectory. “The thing is, I really like the larger cup,” Dunleavy says, “I’m like the kids.… But if [the theft] continues at this rate, the choice will be made for us.”