Someone had put a chocolate cake in the fridge.
The fridge was a communal one, belonging to Mr and Mrs Thompson, the kind and generous owners of the Te Aroha resort. People were welcome to come and stay for a few nights (for a small fee of course), pitch their tent or park their van, and use the fridge and ovens provided for them. They were required to – and a very small requirement, Mr Thompson thought – simply stick a note on their food stating which family it belonged to and the dates they would be staying. Therefore people would only touch their own food, and in return, others would leave theirs alone.
Mr Thompson had made sure that these instructions were carefully and legibly printed, and stuck on every surface in the kitchen to avoid misunderstanding. His customers would cooperate with him, he and his wife would cooperate with the customers, and most importantly, his customers would cooperate with each other.
But today, someone had put