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Old 01-25-06, 06:41 PM   #1
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Stealing FOOD at work can be dangerous, Yikes!

Someone at work the other night ate my coworker's left-over fast-food, which had some cuban rice, and microwaved my frozen lunch at the same time

The next day, my coworker sends an email entitled "Get Well!" and said that he suffers from inoperable bronchial pneumonia and that the person who ate his food is in danger of contracting his disease, yikes!!

I'm not so mad, because I figure if someone is really hungry and broke, I don't mind helping someone out. But, sheesh, this has become a recurring event and now that person might pay with their health.

Have you had something like this where you work and did you ever find out who did it?
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This goes to show....only steal the "TV dinner" style lunches if you decide to resort to villainry to feed yourself at work.

And yes we did....some guy got pretty sick off some bad shrimp scampi that was left in the fridge.
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Story1: I learned my lesson (luckily not the hard way) at my job right after high school. Somebody had some Welshes grape juice in the fridge and I snuck a little one night (worked night shifts) my first week there. I noted later that the juice was still there...like a YEAR later. I asked my supervisor about it once when we were both in break room and she said she was pretty sure it was there since before she came to work there too (like 5 years previous).

Story2: A security guard I used to work with told me a story (so this is 2nd hand) about stealing from the fridge at a construction place he used to work. OK...nothing but macho guys working there. Somebody was ALWAYS getting into other people's lunches. So one guy decides one day to try to find out who it is. The previous night a tree had fallen or been cut down which had killed a BAT in the tree. This guy makes up a normal looking lunch, but he put the bat between the slices of bread instead of lunch meat. When the screams came from the break room and they found the sandwich laying there with a bit in center (and now missing bat head)......culprit was caught. Now THAT is a hard lesson.

Story3: Another guy I used to work with never brought food in....I later found out the guy was barely able to keep his house (which he later lost) and probably just didn't have money for food. Anyway....he was always scavenging fridge in evening looking for food that he thought may have been in there long enough it was forgotten about. He was almost always eating things that made me cringe to watch. He'd find 5 day old salads with nothing but brown wilted lettuce and an inch of water in the bottom......or a half eaten sandwich left exposed to air so all dried out, etc....

A guard there used to eat people's food too. He'd go into some-body's Tupperware with something in it, like pudding maybe. He'd just open the lid, stick his bare finger in and take a taste out....then rub finger over it again to smooth it out so they couldn't see he'd been in it.

Rule of thumb.....be VERY CAREFUL about trusting food in a public work fridge.
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I once worked at a place where they installed cameras above the fridges. Firings resulted.
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But you haven't found out who did it yet, right?
Nope, haven't found out yet, although I'm sure it's the usual suspect... I might have to find a stethoscope to check his breathing sounds


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Rule of thumb.....be VERY CAREFUL about trusting food in a public work fridge.
Your stories killed me!! I liked the bat story and the security guard smoothing over the pudding
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My first job was as an apprentice cook. It seems a lifetime away but I do have a piece of paper that tells me that I can cook.

One of the chefs I worked with said in a previous job there was a cook who would always sample the pastries. Nothing was safe from this guy; he'd just help himself.

One day they decided to teach him a lesson so they wrapped a turd in pastry and cooked it. It looked really nice and the other cook took the bait. He never stole pastries again.
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If you want to get back at a food thief: dave's insanity sauce...use liberally inside of the sandwich.

The person who runs out of there screaming bloody murder, tears streaking down his face, and dashing to the restroom with both hands clawing at the linings of his mouth is either your culprit, or demonically posesssed...now figure the odds on that one
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"inoperable bronchial pneumonia"?!?!? You don't operate for pneumonia, you take anti-biotics!
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Did I tell you about that time I wrapped a calzone around a landmine...
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"inoperable bronchial pneumonia"?!?!? You don't operate for pneumonia, you take anti-biotics!
Some of these may be urban legends, but they are also darned funny stories.

I briefly worked as a porter in a motel/restaurant. Part of my job was running the dishwasher after breakfast and lunch. The owner instructed me to take any lettuce and tomato garnishes (off the hamburger and cheeseburger plates) which were left over, rinse them off, and put them in a pile so they could be re-used the next day. Ones that weren't quite whole I was to put into another pile, so they could go into the tossed salads. Now, think about how clean my hands were.

I was just a dumb teenager, but this didn't seem right. I was feeling guilty about doing this. I wasn't paying attention while I was using a spray hose to clean the swimming pool after lunch a couple of days later. The hose strayed a bit -- well, a lot -- and hit the owner right in the face.

That was my last day of employment there.

But virtue was rewarded. I was lucky and quickly found a construction job paying almost 3 times as much and more interesting to boot. And, no, I never ate in that restaurant.
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Er... no, I meant did I ever tell the story of how I didn't have a landmine.
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But, sheesh, this has become a recurring event and now that person might pay with their health.
Good. Theives are the lowest form of scum. And in your case, your not talking Jean Val Jean here.
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I once worked at a place where they installed cameras above the fridges. Firings resulted.
Hey, me, too! That place sucked, tho.
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I once worked at a place where they installed cameras above the fridges. Firings resulted.
Dang, getting fired for stealing lunch food... I'd rather humiliate the person and make him (it's usually always a guy) buy lunch for everyone he stole from
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"inoperable bronchial pneumonia"?!?!? You don't operate for pneumonia, you take anti-biotics!
That's the exact terminology he used in his email... he does have this annoying habit of very loudly clearing his throat every half hour.
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That's the exact terminology he used in his email... he does have this annoying habit of very loudly clearing his throat every half hour.
Sounds more like sinusitus than pneumonia. Besides pneumonia affects the lung fields not the bronchia. Sounds to me like dudes just using scare tactics.
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Sounds more like sinusitus than pneumonia. Besides pneumonia affects the lung fields not the bronchia. Sounds to me like dudes just using scare tactics.
Hmm, I'll ask him what's up with his condition. If that's the case, it aint right to scare people like that. Shoot, I'd imagine noone wants to get near him now... I surely don't and he's in my department.
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The next day, my coworker sends an email entitled "Get Well!" and said that he suffers from inoperable bronchial pneumonia and that the person who ate his food is in danger of contracting his disease, yikes!![QUOTE]

I agree with Stacey . Sounds like an urban legend or an early April Fool's joke.
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Well when I worked for a supermarket years ago, our frig had stuff that had been left for years. When I would clean it out :yuck!:, it would have stuff with mold, etc. One day I noticed that my 2 liter bottle of coke (yes I drunk a two liter bottle of coke a shift ) was half gone. Next day I bbought a bottle, filled it with a few other nasty tasting water based liquid and (upon counciling by 10 people in the store) put it in the fridge.

Needless to say the fridge food stealer was no more...
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At my job it happens too.... Frozen dinners get swiped!

I bought a Cheap "rubbermaid" container that would fit in the Freezer, Drilled a hole in each end and put a couple of very small cheap padlocks on it. IT WORKS!

I had a guy that would rummage both refridgerators IN FRONT OF PEOPLE sitting in the Lunch room!!! Well I had notice he would steal my Ketchup. Sooooooooo I got a big RED MARKER, put a big RED X on the bottle, put some Hot Sauce (hotter then Dave's Insanity Sauce) in it, Well he about ****! LMAO He still steals food, but he is more careful!

He is the type of guy, if there is a Breakfast meeting or a workplace gathering, He will take food home or put it in his Lockers. He is a real piece of work. Course he is the Plant Joke here LMAO.
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Dang, getting fired for stealing lunch food... I'd rather humiliate the person and make him (it's usually always a guy) buy lunch for everyone he stole from
Sad thing about one case was that he was stealing food to keep from starving. We all wondered why he was losing so much weight. Turned out he had four kids to pay child support on after his wife left him AND he was laid off from his 'real' job. He literally couldn't afford to eat. Sad, considering the company spent about $10k to for the surveillance equipment on five floors.
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