People stealing food at work!!!!!!!

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  1. scienceteach82

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    Ok...I haven't had this problem yet at new school...but it will be private Catholic school...I think God will strike them down or something ;) jk

    Have a BIG problem with it at part time job with car dealership. I work as a night time receptionist, and sometimes bring my bf (who is internet manager) food. The stupid people seek me out and wait around to see if I will give them food. When I don't...sometimes they will take it from the fridge or freezer!
    I brought bf muffins for breakfast, and he didn't get to eat any cause they took them all! I can't freakin' stand it!

    When I came in later that night one of the guys actually asked me if I had any more of the muffins left...WTF?!!?!? I'm not freakin' baking/cooking for everyone at the stupid dealership!!! UGh!!!

    has this happened to you before? What did you do?
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    I think that's a disgrace when people steal peoples' food!

    With my teaching job, I never really bring food that needs to be put in the lounge refrigerator, but I did have another job w/ a big break room. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do if the person take the whole thing, but if they take things out of your bag, I've always stapled my lunch bag, then I'd know if it has been tampered with.

    I've read stories about this kind of thing where the person gets the thief back by putting a decoy bag in the fridge like sandwiches stuffed w/ pooh or something!
     
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    My suggestions:
    #1 Label it. "HANDS OFF! PROP. OF XYZ"

    #2 Write something gross on the container "Antelope Soup" or "Beet and carrot salad". Be sure to put it in a non-see-thru container. ;)

    #3 Take a bite out of it.
    Sounds gross, but it worked for me! I would do that to keep my brother from eating my food. I would take a bite out of it and put it back. HAHAHA!

    #4 Get a lunch bag/box that you can lock with a suitcase lock. Throw his food in it. Put the bag in the fridge. The person has to be pretty determined to break into a locked lunch box!

    Let me know which one you choose and whether or not it works! :D
     
  5. scienceteach82

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    I like the taking a bite out of it...:rofl: I'd have to bite 4 muffins...hahaha
     
  6. cMcD

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    So what? Do it! I TOTALLY would!
     
  7. scienceteach82

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    I have fruit right now...I'm going to bite it all...hahahaha
     
  8. Ghost

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    Hey, I used to do the same thing! Take a bite out of it and my brothers wouldn't touch it.....or lick it. That works too.
     
  9. Budaka

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    I have never had a problem with teachers. Our rule is if it is on the table it is for everyone(like cookies, doughnuts, popcorn-yes we are a chunky group of teachers!) if it is in the refriger hands off.
     
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    I have no problem bringing stuff to share at times...and if I have a bag of chips or something...then yeah...no problem. Just irritating to be attacked by hungry people all the time.
     
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    When we moved to our new building, I volunteered to bring my old college fridge in for our workroom. The problem was my food and drinks would disappear. The day my sandwich and last drink were both gone, I flipped out and unplugged the fridge and took it to my room where it still is today.
     
  12. scienceteach82

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    I'm going to staple bags and bite food...hehe
     
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    :lol: I can just see that....oooo, make sure you do a big SWAK in bright red lipstick over the stapled part for a seal!
     
  14. TeacherNY

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    Someone at my school said that she would put her Lean Cuisines in the freezer of the breakroom and they would be taken! I keep my lunch in an insulated bag in my room. I don't trust anyone!
     
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    I say put a hair on top of it.
     
  16. scienceteach82

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    lol...sounds like a plan, proud ;)

    and I like the lipstick thing, trinda :)
     
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    My school....

    there are a few teachers who think the refrigerators are open feeding ground, but I'll give you worse. I work at a school where nearly 90 percent get free lunch and breakfast. Many of the kids are hungry, and because of absences and some of the bigger kids being picky, there are always extras. But the kids can't have them, and the lunches wind up being taken home by the bag full by some of our lunch aides. There was a situation two years ago during a teacher workshop at the school (early release for kids) that one of these women pulled her car up to an exit and deposited dozens of lunches into her trunk. It's not unusual for a male aid to take home a dozen or so hot dogs. But let a child ask for an extra because he or she is hungry, the request is turned down.
     
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    There is a joke at my school that a $100 bill could be on the table for a month and nobody would touch it, but put food in the workroom fridge and it will be stolen before the door closes. My second week at this school, I threatened to grind up laxatives and stool softeners and put them in the food if mine started to disappear. My stuff has only been taken a couple of times and one of those times, the teacher that took it had the same bag I did and she came to find me when she realized she grabbed the wrong bag.

    If you are really cruel (and I am, so nobody questioned whether or not I would do it:whistle:) you could just grind up some Imodium and tell your bf not to eat the snacks for a couple of days.
     
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    LOL I have heard of the laxative trick before and I bet it works!
     
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    I've heard chocolate exlax brownies turn out pretty good for sticky fingers. :)
     
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    gosh; Now I'm dying to find out what will happen!!!

    Ok; I would never ever steal anyone's food; but once you "do something to your own food" - like take a bit or two or add ex-lax or something; be prepared. That little thief will probably start doing something to your food; like rubbing your apple under his/her armpit; spitting on your food and placing it right back or something gross like that and you wouldn't even know it! Blech!

    I would definitely put an ice pak in my lunchbox and keep my meals with me! But first...do one of the other great ideas posted! hehe
     
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    I'm going to make some brownies with black beans :D
     
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    I am sorry to say but I made some laxative food and left it in the refrigerator. three adults got "sick" a janitor, a secretary and Da da da daaaaaaaa the Idiot vice principal I never said anything about till the VP was caught stealing school property after the statute of limitations expired.
     
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    That would keep me from stealing it--GROSS! :lol:
     
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    I used to work in an office and apparently someone was stealing food from the breakroom fridge. I found out because there was a big email firefight where the victim would email the entire building threatening the thief. Once the mail said, "Congratulations, theif! You just ate half an arby's sandwich and my DOG ate the other half. Hahahahaha!!!!" It got really bad - heh!
     
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    I have not had that prob. , but I subbed at a school with 2 special ed classes right beside each other and one had a full sized frig and the other did not so they shared the frig. Well the class without the frig. was so afrid that the other class would steal from them. They would put big notes like do not eat our food. lol But what was funny was they put stuff like cupcakes for a class party and the leftovers would sit in there for mos. They never bothered to help clean it out and always borrowed/took the others food without permison. Like if they brought mayo for there sandwhiches or salad or whatever they would use it and not ask. The class teacher and aides did not mind sharing as long as they asked. I would ask sometimes to borrow something but did not without permission.
     
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    Don't think that this will not go on in a Catholic school because it was horrible at the Catholic school that I just left. I had a habit of bringing in 5 Lean Cusine meals on Monday for the week from the school I had been at. When I went to the 2nd school, I brought in my dinners on Monday and they would all be gone by Tuesday! It was so bad that people were hiding lunches in the back of the refrigerator.
     
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    I use the insulated lunch boxes that keep things frozen and/or cold. I do keep an extra vial of insulin in the fridge...but noone bothers it b/c they know it is my medicine...I keep my lunch with me in the ins. LB, because I never know when I may need to eat something in a hurry, and like having the ability to pick something yummy from my lunch. We only have 5 teachers on staff, and so I trust them not to take my lunch...but some of the older kids have taken items from my lunches in the past, just to hide them, and make me think I am crazy! :p
     
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    Yes, let's not forget that sometimes students take food from the fridges too. We try to keep our workroom locked, but it isn't always.
     
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    I always keep my lunch with me.. In an insualted bag. Most of the teachers have their own fridges and microwaves. I could not imagine someone stealing food even students. An ex Lax dang that is ewwwwwwww
     
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    I hate communal fridges. I've always had people steal my lunch, especially if it was a Slimfast. Gee, I'll share anything I have if you ask, just ASK! I have a fridge in my room, so it's no longer a problem. BTW, my aide said that a couple drops of Visine in a drink works the same as Exlax and has no flavor....she tried it on herself. :huh: I dunno why.
     
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    I heard that about Visine! And why would you try that on yourself? Your aide sounds like a strange bird...
     
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    I have been really laughing and getting pretty mad that anyone would steal lunches from their coworkers! :mad:

    After reading a previous post, I'm hoping that we're not dealing with children/students taking meals. Oh my; I had a terrible thought that perhaps (you never know) that that child may become "deathly:eek:hmy: sick" if exlax or anything else was added to the food??? I would hope not; as I'm sure anyone here would never mean any harm to a child.

    Just a thought.
    :love: Be careful, all, I think the world of my online buds! :love:
     
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    Wow that is a thought. What if...:(
     
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    that's ridiculous. I would be so mad!! We don't have this issue but if we did, I woud have lots of issues
     

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