The mum-to-be shared the story on Reddit where she shared the entire incident of how she caught the food theif.
If you work in an office, odds are that at some stage of your career you might start storing food in the common fridge. And at some point, if you are unlucky, then it might get stolen! It does not really matter if you are a CEO or an intern, having your food stolen from the fridge is sure to piss anyone off. If this happens once or twice, it will be easy for anyone to overlook the matter. But what if it happens every day?
For one mum-to-be, this was exactly the case. The woman, who is believed to be from the US reached her breaking point after her lunch started going missing on a daily basis, reported RSPV.
Eventually, she managed to catch the thief after she begged management to install cameras. It turns out that the thief was a middle-aged female employee three times her salary who was in line for a promotion. But, instead of accepting her mistake and stepping up the 'food thief' she ended up being shown the door after she was exposed to be the thief.
She took it to Reddit where the mother-to-be explained how her husband is a chef and makes her lunch every day. She wrote, "I need to eat well because I’m naturally thin/underweight, I’m still breastfeeding my toddler, and I am pregnant."
Once her lunch started getting stolen, she started labeling her food, hoping that the thief would stop taking her food. But that did not happen. She added, "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."
When everything failed, the woman sent an email to the management and marked the entire office asking whoever was taking her food to talk to her privately as her husband would make them lunch too, if they agreed to pay for the meal.
Unsurprisingly enough, many people took up on her offer and she made a side-business from it. But, the thief did not own up and continued to steal her lunch. She said, "My lunches are always in specific bowls, unlike the lunches others had from my husband, in disposable containers. I still brought food in my own containers because I don’t heat up food in plastic."
Eventually, she hit her breaking point and was tired of getting her food stolen. She asked the management to install cameras, which the IT team agreed to do using some of their own equipment from home.
As expected, the food thief was exposed and it turned out that she was an employee who was working at the executive level who was up for a promotion. She wrote, "She is making triple what I am making, if not more,' the mum-to-be wrote, admitting the thief 'doesn't seem to like her." The woman also requested the IT guys to send her the screenshot of the thief in action, before picking the perfect moment to expose her outrageous habit.
The mum-to-be explained, "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. I sit in on these interviews to take minutes and flip through the presenters’ slides for them. Lunch Thief was up. After she finished and was doing a Q&A, I put an image up on the screen. It was the pics of her stealing my food. People in the room started chuckling, and she turned back to look at the screen in horror."
She continued, "The execs at my office who knew my lunches were getting stolen were visibly p***** 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." The soon-to-be-mother admitted that she didn't want the woman to get fired from her job, but she only wanted the woman to stop stealing.
She said, "If they’d ever talked to me, I wouldn’t have wanted to get her fired. Aside from seeing the picture in the interview, they never involved me further. Never even asked me to send them the picture evidence for their own record."
The woman also asked the Reddit community if she was the villain of the situation, but people came to her side. One user said, "You didn't get her fired. She got herself fired by being a thief despite many opportunities to stop and not get punished." Another one said, "Regardless of impact to health, someone stealing at work should be fired. You shouldn’t ever have to worry about getting your s*** stolen from a coworker!"
A third one suggested, "It reads as if she did this for spite, not negligence or laziness like not replacing printer paper or water in a jug. It would be more like printing out something, then taking the ink with you, or drinking from the jug then pouring the rest out."