The Nutella Heist

Nutella, the hazelnut chocolate spread, is quite yummy so no wonder that people love it. But the students at Columbia University may love it a little bit too much.

How much is too much? You know you've got a Nutella nut when a hundred pound of the stuff disappear from undergraduate dining halls EVERY DAY!

James Barron of The New York Times reports on The Great Nutella Heist of 2013:

“People take silverware, cups and plates, and that adds up over the course of a year to a lot of money,” he said. “With Nutella, it added up much more quickly. Where Dining might have to spend $50,000 to replace silverware and cups, they were spending thousands of dollars on Nutella in one week.”

Ms. Dunn “told me it was close to $5,000 in that first week,” he said. As for the amount of Nutella that Columbia students were consuming, or at least loading up on and walking away with, he said, “I was told it was more than 100 pounds per day.”

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