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16 April 2015 @ 05:28 pm
Lunch (Dinner) Thief  
Yesterday I bought a turkey pesto sandwich at Los Gatos Café.  I ate half of it for dinner and figured I’d eat the rest tonight.  Alas, ‘twas not to be.  When I got to work, I noticed that my lunch was missing from the fridge.

“That’s odd,” I thought, “Maybe my boss moved it to the main refrigerator.”  As I walked past the trash can, though, I saw the top of my take-out container.   That was a bit disheartening, as I hadn’t brought anything else to eat.  I wondered if it was salvageable, but instantly pushed that thought away because garbage food, ick!  But I was curious if perhaps my lunch had gone rotten, so I poked open the lid to see if mold had sprung up on my sandwich overnight.

The good news is that I didn’t see mold, so the refrigerator works.  The bad news is I didn’t see much of anything else, because all that was left of my sandwich was a crust.  The rest had been devoured.

I was in shock.

This isn’t the main Clubhouse fridge, where any random resident wandering through can snatch your food.  (Because they do, and they grab pretty much anything else that isn't nailed down while they're at it.)   The only people who come into the office are my boss, the CEO, and the three maintenance guys.  Maybe a random Board member or two.  Why would any of these people steal my food?  They can all afford to get their own, and half of them are on restricted diets from their doctors.

Was my sandwich just too tempting to resist?

Good thing I had a late lunch, so I won’t die of starvation before the end of my shift.  But this is disheartening.  In such a small office, I was sure I could trust people not to eat my lunch.  That always seemed like the kind of problem you’d face in a big corporation-type environment.

Should I say something? I don’t think the maintenance guys would have eaten it just because they have their own fridge so it would have been suspicious for them to come in and take something from the office one.   If it’s the boss or the CEO, they’d probably just blame the janitors or the front gate guards, and it’d go nowhere.   So I guess I’ll just chalk this up as a lesson learned!  I was planning to put a loaf of bread and some lunchmeat in there, but I don’t plan to spend my tiny salary feeding people who make two or three times more than I do.  
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broken: i <3 jack!!liich on April 19th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
i always find it weird when people eat things that aren't theirs that are already pre-made and partially eaten!! O_O so so strange!!

i'd say, if you do bring things in, write your name on it.
i'd also probably leave a note on the fridge:

to the person who ate my sandwich the other day,
that was my lunch, but because you ate it, i didn't get anything to eat.
thanks.

in future, if you're hungry, please ask. i don't mind sharing.
☆: Steven - >:|theidolhands on May 1st, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)
You're welcome to repost this at a community I maintain called co_workers_suck and get more input. I hate lunch stealers and as I take my meals seriously can feel your pain.

At work I took to putting things in a brown paper bag and stapling it with one staple, for some reason if they don't know what's in there and it's stapled, they feel worse about opening it. I also used to put the name of a high ranking person on my food (like a manager) and it would be left alone. A lunch bag with a zipper used to work for me as well; it can comments, but no one would go to the trouble (and potential danger of getting caught).
Suzik00kaburra on May 8th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Next time I'll try the staple trick. It's such a small office that putting a higher up's name on it wouldn't do any good, but I can see something as simple as a staple acting as a deterrent :) Thank you for the suggestion!