After a stressful morning at work, you look forward to time away from your desk to relax and enjoy your lunch. Instead of a little downtime, you may find your lunch has been pilfered by an unknown thief. You know it has to be one of your co-workers, but no one will fess up. Cases of "lunchroom bandits" are on the rise.
When someone steals your property, perhaps they really need the food, or they may just be a jerk -- there's always that one bad seed in the office. If you need the food, it may be difficult, but swallow your pride and you will probably find someone willing to help -- it's also polite. Unfortunately some people don't understand the concept of common courtesy. If the thief is a jerk, who wouldn't want to try to get their revenge?
The website HolyTaco.com showcases a collection of notes people have attached to their food, insisting they have added an unpleasant ingredient to their lunch or pleading with the thief to look at their actions and realize the error of their ways. Unless caught red handed they probably won't admit to the theft.
Hamish Blair Art, a nurse in Alberta,Canada, actually came face to face with a thief. Hamish revealed, "Someone dipped into my hot sauce and then batched me out because it was too hot and 'ruined' their lunch." There is a serious lack of home training.
Though extreme, cameras should be installed in the lunchroom -- or a guard posted by the refrigerator. Employees pay good money for lunch and shouldn't have to worry about co-workers stealing. It would also be helpful to know the thieves on sight -- a public shaming would be satisfying.
Â© Marie Gallagher 2010