Friday, February 4, 2011
Office Food Theft: Never a Victimless Crime
Yes, many in my workplace (including me) have been reduced to passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive notes regarding food theft. There are thieves among us!
We're not richly compensated enough that this becomes "no big deal." And most of us are generous and would (and do) share happily if asked. Stop eating our food in secret, mysterious thieves!
In my office, if it isn't coffee, tea, milk (one specific brand, easily identified), or half-and-half, it's not public property. Sometimes fruit and baked goods are left out on the counter or table for all to share, but those offerings are pretty easy to identify. Yet lunches, leftovers, and more go missing -- again and again.
The worst part is that I am straight-out quite fond of pretty much everyone I work with, which makes it awfully hard to point fingers. But clearly there are a) thoughtless and/or b) mean and/or c) porky and/or d) starving people among us.
Boo, food thieves! Boo!
Does personal food go missing in your workplace?