Missing forks: what could DS be up to?

(38 Posts)
EloiseintheSun Wed 25-Dec-13 01:48:44

This is the third time it's happened. DS back from Uni and, eventually, forks go missing. He sees a rather itinerant friend when he's here - but it would be bizarre if he was giving this friend our cutlery.

Odd though this must sound, does anyone know of any possible reason why DS could be pinching forks. He used to take weed and maybe harder stuff and we were hoping against hope that this had all stopped. (He has a gf now who we think wouldn't tolerate it and he seems to be doing well at Uni.) Could there be some connection - drugs/forks? I know spoons are sometimes used but forks? He goes into the garden very late at night and now my mind is racing. Is he using them to dig up the ground and hide his contraband?

I haven't touched the Christmas wine yet! This is a sane question and apart from it being very irritating that the cutlery drawer gets depleted like this, I am worried about DS and what he may be up to. Have of course asked him and he simply laughs, denying any knowledge.

I'd like to think that I've simply mislaid these forks - but I haven't. Thanks for any thoughts.

MrsMargoLeadbetter Wed 25-Dec-13 02:07:05

Obvious but he isn't eating with them and leaving them in his room? If he eats a take away could the packaging get thrown and the fork falls on floor/under bed?

Don't know enough about drugs to say if it was that. Seems unlikely but I can understand why you might think that.

Hope you work it out.

NatashaBee Wed 25-Dec-13 02:08:20

Can't see the connection between drugs and forks... Odd!

bellsandbutterflies Wed 25-Dec-13 02:16:23

Pot noodles?

DavidHarewoodsFloozy Wed 25-Dec-13 02:32:25

I,ve got brothers. They throw them out when they clear their plates.

I can,yt think of any drug use involving forks.

Muddlewitch Wed 25-Dec-13 02:39:14

I second Pot Noodles, my teen DS throws the forks away with the pot, drives me bonkers.

In high school about a million years ago we used to use knives, like dinner knives, to do hash. It was called hot knives. Car lighters worked as well. Spoons are for heroin right? Don't know about forks though. Hope you figure it out OP.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 25-Dec-13 04:01:02

Take away cartons. You eat your meal. Close the carton with the dirty fork inside, meaning to remember to drop the fork into the sink on the way to the bin. Finish your copious amounts of vodka. Bin take away carton forgetting about the fork.

I know of no drugs that would involve the use of a fork and I had a very misspent youth.

MrsAMerrick Wed 25-Dec-13 09:25:39

DOoinn, like your theory except ime the takeaway carton would still be in the bedroom, certainly wouldn't make it as far as the bin.
Dont know of any drug use involving forks but not my area of experrtise!
Merry Christmas

Lottiedoubtie Wed 25-Dec-13 09:36:29

I agree pot noodle/ takeaway and he's binning them.

My DF does the same with teaspoons and yogurts fhmm

oldbaghere Wed 25-Dec-13 09:51:42

I buy plastic teaspoons for the packed lunches because they were binning the spoon with the yoghurt so I think the fork in bin theory is a definite possibility.



EloiseintheSun Wed 25-Dec-13 13:48:24

Many thanks to you all for your replies. Hope like anything that this pilfering of forks isn't drug related (seen the awful effects elsewhere). Food in his room (which I try to discourage anyway) may be a possibility (and I hope to goodness it is) but he usually brings his plate/bowl down with the cutlery. The missing forks happen when he's back and when he's seeing his dear but rather lost friend.

Anyway it is Christmas and DS is being cheerful so I mustn't think the worst ...

Thanks again. I love MN because you can ask a question, can seek advice or elicit ideas and no-one things that you're crazy or imagining things. A fantastic community. A peaceful Christmas to you all.

MrsBright Wed 25-Dec-13 19:50:00

Am I being dim here - why don't you just ASK your son what the BH he's doing with all your forks?

CaractacusPotts Wed 25-Dec-13 20:03:21

Was just about to post the same as MrsBright

I know in my house I'd be saying "for the love of god DS - what so you do with my damn forks?"

EloiseintheSun Wed 25-Dec-13 21:08:15

Hi MrsN and Caractacus - I do and I have - many times! He just laughs, in facts it's become a bit of a running joke of him, and of course denies anything at all. Of course, it does all sound ludicrous but there is no getting away from the fact that they disappear at a rate of knots when he's back home ....

CaractacusPotts Wed 25-Dec-13 21:09:18

Hide the forks xx

MrsPnut Wed 25-Dec-13 22:17:45

I never have enough forks or teaspoons but we have millions of knives and dessert spoons.
It's the teenager throwing them in the bin by accident after takeaways etc.

Coconutty Wed 25-Dec-13 22:19:58

Hiding things in your flower boarders would be my guess. Why else go into the garden at night?

Patilla Thu 26-Dec-13 00:16:02

If he is

Patilla Thu 26-Dec-13 00:18:24

Bother phone jumped so I hit post instead of a letter.

Anyway, if he is hiding things in the flowerbed would a quick boxing day garden stroll reveal this?

As an aside if he is using the forks to dig rather than burying them for some bizarre reason you clearly have far better soil
Than our heavy clay which would destroy a fork. But surely he would use a spoon instead for that purpose?

rockybalboa Thu 26-Dec-13 00:19:22

Given that you've already said something about it I reckon he's taking them for a laugh.

tiddleypompom Thu 26-Dec-13 00:25:11

Could DH be in cahoots with DS - or even quite independently - in a mission to get you sectioned? DS comes home, DH starts pilfering forks & pulling innocently concerned faces. You go slightly mad.

Can't think of a motive as yet however.


Loving the fork conspiracy theories. Maybe he is hiding an alien and they need all the forks to build a makeshift communication satellite so that ET can phone home.


Claybury Thu 26-Dec-13 13:51:58

Total guess here - using forks to grind cannabis ? I'm always finding crushers in DS bedroom, hidden under his bed, am wondering in the absence of a crusher would a fork work? It would be pretty normal to his stash in garden.
No first hand experience here but I can understand how you might be feeling !

flow4 Thu 26-Dec-13 18:41:49

My DS1 does the same. When we moved house (so I was packing cutlery!) we had 22 spoons and 7 forks. I bought a new set - 4 of everything - and we now have so many spoons they won't fit in the drawer and 8 forks - so 3 more have vanished!

My money is on the noodle/bin theory... When Clay planted the idea of using them as improvised grinders, it set me wondering, but DS just laughed when I asked!

Is it possible that he's just going out into the garden late at night to smoke? That's what my DS does...

Claybury Thu 26-Dec-13 19:03:54

Eloise. It doesn't sound like it's anything to worry about ( drug wise) , just annoying for you . Though why he won't admit what it is makes it a little mysterious.

I would buy a bag of plastic forks and leave in drawer.

Patilla Thu 26-Dec-13 19:08:50

Buy really flimsy cheap plastic forks so they can't be used for much other than eating noodles.

Wibble1999 Thu 26-Dec-13 19:54:38

A. Forks go in bin. B he knows it winds you up and is taking them.
I suspect smoking in garden at night.

EloiseintheSun Thu 26-Dec-13 22:45:05

Thanks all for the many, varied and helpful replies. I hope it's snacks - though there's little evidence of them in his room (as you say, though, there are such things as bins ...) and nothing at all to do with drugs. Yes, I guess he's smoking in the garden at night. Hoped he'd stopped but smelling it on clothes or so I think.

Plastic forks - yes, great idea. Thanks!

Frozennortherner Fri 27-Dec-13 12:11:08

I've never crushed drugs but why can't the handle of a fork be used like the back of a spoon to grind things down? Missing Spoons may be too obvious, he might have thought. Forks=safer bet?

lottie82 Wed 15-Jan-14 15:59:51

I wouldn't worry about it. when I lived in a student flat the forks used to vanish all the time and there was no real reason!

lottie82 Wed 15-Jan-14 16:02:01

and I don't think forks could be used in absence of a weed grinder. you don't just "crush" weed, you need to shred it. a pair of scissors would be a lot more obvious and ten times more effective than a fork or two!

can you tell I was a bit wild when I was younger?! :D

Having had a son who smoked weed for a while (now stopped thankfully ) I can guarantee it won't be ground down with a fork! Most weed smokers have a little grinder like a pencil sharpener or use scissors. It would be hard work to crind what is basically shredded leaves with a fork!

On the other hand, said DS1 disposed of virtually every fork we owned.. Pot Noodles again. He'd skate in (literally) boile a kettle, grab a potnoodle, couple of slices of bread and a fork and skate off. Never saw the forks again. I actually bought plastic forks for a while....

He's nearly 21 now and still consuming large numbers of the vile things!!

youbethemummylion Wed 15-Jan-14 20:46:50

Our office forks always disappear as well so not just teenagers, dont know where they go though

thornrose Wed 15-Jan-14 20:50:31

I have extensive knowledge of a wide range of drugs and none of them require use of a fork grin

stillenacht Wed 15-Jan-14 20:52:00

I use forks to take lids off my elite cigarettes and put different flavoured liquids in them... Is this a possibility?

MrsBright Thu 16-Jan-14 22:56:50

Plastic forks.

We kept loosing home forks from their inclusion in lunchboxes and from 'bin dumping'. Bright orange plastic forks are now the only things used in plastic pots, along with all home microwaved stuff or noodle pots etc.

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