As fans of “Friends” will agree, there aren’t many more justifiable reasons for totally losing your shit than if someone steals your food. In theory, the office fridge should be a holy space. Like a medieval sanctuary, food should be able to come and go without fear of harassment or harm. The whole community should agree that once something’s in the fridge, it’s essentially untouchable. Anyone who breaks this code is the lowest of the low. Yet, apparently, some people still haven’t got the message.
Arguably the only thing worse than stealing lunch from a normal colleague is stealing from a pregnant one. While it might be difficult to imagine who would decide to do such a dastardly thing, this is exactly the fate that befell the food of an expecting mother at an unnamed firm. However, while many of us may have been reluctant to do anything to rock the boat, this hungry mum-to-be decided that enough was enough.
In an extensive Reddit post, the unknown woman relayed how she had endured having her lunch, lovingly made by her chef-husband, knicked every day, despite post-its, notes, labels and office announcements. She even informed the company that, if they liked her husband’s food so much, he would be willing to make more for them - provided that they pay. Several colleagues took up the offer. The thief, however, still persisted.
After weeks went by and the crime spree showed no sign of stopping, HR eventually got involved. In a coordinated mission with the IT team, the department decided to install a series of secret cameras in the kitchen in a bid to catch the thief. They didn’t have to wait long. To everyone’s shock, the culprit turned out to be an older, senior employee who was expecting a promotion. After her identity was revealed, she was instead fired.
The unidentified victim elaborated on the saga in her Reddit post, revealing, “I began labeling my food hoping that would deter the thief. It didn’t. Eventually, I put a note on the fridge that said: ‘Please stop taking my food. I am pregnant and breastfeeding and this is negatively affecting my health.’ The thief was a middle-aged woman who doesn’t seem to like me. She is making triple what I am making, if not more. After a week of this (I’d been bringing sandwiches and keeping them at my desk to hold me over) I had the IT guy send me a screen-grab of her stealing, one from each day.”
As cold-hearted as her behaviour had been, the thief definitely received her due. The pregnant woman’s post described how “Lunch Thief was up for a promotion. She’s near the executive level, and once you get this high up, the interviews involve execs from headquarters flying down to meet up with the execs in our office to sit in on presentations from the interviewees.” This was too good a chance to pass up.
In order to totally embarrass “Lunch Thief”, the victim decided to slip in the still of her stealing the food on screen as soon as it was her turn to take to the stand. Once the picture was revealed, ‘She (Food Thief) turned back to look at the screen in horror. The execs at my office who knew my lunches were getting stolen were visibly pissed at her. As it turns out, one of the execs who’d come from headquarters was also pregnant, and the other one had a wife who’d just had a baby. She was terminated.”
Despite her shoddy treatment, it’s obvious that the pregnant poster feels bad about the demise of her colleagues career. She concluded her story by adding, ‘I didn’t want her to get fired, I just wanted her to stop. If they’d ever talked to me, I wouldn’t have wanted to get her fired.” One user chose to reassure her, commenting, “You didn’t get her fired. She got herself fired by being a thief despite many opportunities to stop and not get punished.” Wherever you stand, one thing is clear - stealing lunches is eventually going to land you in hot water.