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#1344071 - 11/13/14 11:36 AM Workplace food theft revisited.
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A couple of years ago I told a story here about some of the problems my wife was facing at her work with workplace theft.

It was around Christmas, and I laced a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with hot sauce for her to take to work.

The thief was a man in his early twenties who ran to the bathroom yelling "Shit!" as he tossed the remains of his stolen goodies in the trash.

I spent a lot of time researching different possibilities before settling on the hot sauce idea.

My take on this is pretty simple: If you didn't bring it to work with you there is no reason you are entitled to it. None. You can wait and suffer in silence if you didn't think ahead to prepare your own meals and bring them. Spend some of your own hard-earned money on a meal if you must eat.

This is Texas. If you don't like spicy food, watch what you order or steal.

She's in a new building now and it's pretty clear that there are rampant thieves in this new building. So I'll be shopping for a new hot sauce today. Ghost Chili sounds pretty good...much better than Habanero.

Many of these people make six figures. Many of these people are extremely cool. At least one of them is a petty criminal. There's no excuse for it.

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#1344087 - 11/13/14 12:05 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Godspeed to the burning asshole!
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#1344090 - 11/13/14 12:07 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Milkman]
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Amen my brutha! \:\)
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#1344091 - 11/13/14 12:07 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Milkman]
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it's silly ..I wouldn't touch something that I did not know where it came from - burn them up.
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#1344092 - 11/13/14 12:15 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Chimp]
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Chimp, I think it was about two years ago and you'd be surprised how much flak I got for entertaining the possibility.

It's her food.

The thieves are mostly male. The same guys who'd cut the line at junior high school and then raise their fist like a bad ass threatening anyone to speak.

They're in their twenties now and trying to save seven bucks for movie tickets AND fight the Man!

Capsacian it is!

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#1344098 - 11/13/14 12:39 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Mind boggling that some folks think nothing of just helping themselves to someone else's lunch.

Fuck hot sauce.

Broken glass, bitches.

Seriously. Fuck their mouths.

Douchebags.

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#1344100 - 11/13/14 12:44 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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[quoteGE] Ghost Chili sounds pretty good...much better than Habanero.
[/quote]lol...that would be awesome! It would be even better if you get it on video....to share with us \:\)
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#1344103 - 11/13/14 12:53 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: ulank]
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Nah. A bit too extreme, ulank.

You have to factor in the possibility of an honest mistake happening.

And it would also be a bit too extreme to use feces or urine.

The point here is not to do permanent harm, just as petty theft doesn't do permanent harm. Hot sauce does no harm. It's just funny!

But, it did make my Christmas to hear the story of "Shit! Shit! Shit!"

The guy's making a great salary at a great company and he can't think of an alternative to stealing another person's food.

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#1344105 - 11/13/14 12:56 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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I wish I could, Infinity.

You'll have to settle for a very good story.

They've taken to stealing jello containers and sealed packages and shared coffee creamer.

Put a needle in the package and drop some capsacian right in.

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#1344171 - 11/13/14 02:00 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Do it better yet tear up a couple of cigarettes and stuff the tobacco right at the edges so they get a big mouth full right away
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#1344275 - 11/13/14 08:49 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Chimp]
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Sad but I actually used X-Lax in one of my lunches. That ass nozzle was on the toilet for hours. Never stole another lunch. I hate thieves.
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#1344337 - 11/14/14 04:25 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Liquidirt]
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This thread was funny! Clever methodologies.

Still, hard to imagine people with money stealing other people's lunches. A Texas thing? What? I have not had that happen in a work place -- the opposite I have known to happen, people left food until it started a malodorous decomposition process.

Now it'd be easy enough to put up a camera and capture the thief. Or put a sign in the fridge, SMILE THIEF, YOU ARE ON SURVEILLANCE CAMERA.

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#1344346 - 11/14/14 07:23 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: SkyWave]
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I can't imagine this ever happening where I work. The hot sauce idea is pretty funny though.
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#1344349 - 11/14/14 07:53 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: The Vampire Lestat]
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It used to happen ALL of the time in one workplace (never to me, but....).

The worst part is, sometimes the "snackers" would eat or drink part of something and leave the rest behind, complete with teeth marks and/or lipstick (yep, the women were doing it too [SkyWave? \:D ]).

All of the talk about what you're going to do it about may be fun/funny and the levity can take some of the aggravation away, but the reality is that you can't do crap to the food unless you want to risk consequences worse than a missing sandwich.

Simply, a lunch box/case, etc. is the way to go.

Besides, maybe the thieves will put the Ex-Lax in your food if you give them the chance.
Or maybe they already have.... \:\)
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#1344350 - 11/14/14 07:57 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: MadGuitrst]
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totally wacked that people do this, and I have had this as an issue in 2 or 3 of the places I work, high end professionals jeez.
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#1344351 - 11/14/14 07:57 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: The Vampire Lestat]
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http://www.break.com/article/sandwich-thief-leaves-notes-for-worker-on-fridge-2750157

I thought this little exchange was funny. I have a feeling it was made up for humor's sake.

Apparently, it's a pretty common thing.

So, I got some Bhut Jolokai (Ghost Chili) sauce yesterday and dipped a toothpick in it and tried it out. It'll work.

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#1344379 - 11/14/14 09:39 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Lots of years ago, the thief's target sandwich got generously laced with LSD.

Much fun for all, as we all joined in, and a good lesson for our thief who could now see what we were seeing.
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#1344390 - 11/14/14 10:11 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: kendall]
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There was a big red neck bully who would walk up to a friend of mine and take the beer right out of his hand. We were playing pool and the bully came in. My friend bought a beer and dropped an 8 way blotter of LSD in and waited. Sure enough the bully came up and grabbed the beer and chugged it, smiled and went to play pool. In about 25 - 30 min. he started to look around like something was wrong. We waited awhile and soon the asshole was sitting on the floor crying, wondering what had happened to his world. We did all the things you are supposed to do to first time trippers. What fun!

He has never come around us again. Never.
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#1344399 - 11/14/14 10:25 AM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: ickalien]
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I'm enjoying the input and appreciating the stories...but I'm actually surprised that it's been mostly positive.

And I like that.

Personally, I've only been the victim of theft twice in my life. That I know of, anyway.

In many cases, there isn't much you can do but go on. I'm pretty sure this stuff will go on and on regardless, but it does feel nice to have some minor justice every now and then.

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#1344448 - 11/14/14 12:21 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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What a perfect place for this:


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#1344452 - 11/14/14 12:24 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Mooseboy]
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Lol!
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#1344525 - 11/14/14 02:42 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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So, I got some Bhut Jolokai (Ghost Chili) sauce yesterday and dipped a toothpick in it and tried it out. It'll work.
Nice!

How was the sauce by the way? Are you a fan of hot sauces? We love habenaro sauces and other hot sauces....but I put a drop of ghost pepper sauce on my finger and licked it once and I swear...it was almost like a drug.....I got really light headed and started to go all 'tunnel vision' for about 10 minutes.....It was fun and all but too hot for me to eat and enjoy with food.

We do get some ghost pepper cheese from a local cheese shop that is fantastic! It is super hot but not so hot I can't eat it.

Keep us posted on how it goes with the thief \:\)
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#1344526 - 11/14/14 02:48 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Heard this story on the radio...

A guy's elderly mother called and said her beloved dog had just died. The son went to her apt. in NYC, promised his mom he would dispose of it properly, picked up the dog's body and put it in a suitcase to take it to an animal shelter for disposal. While waiting at a bus stop, a big black man came from behind, grabbed the suitcase, and ran like hell. Guess he thought he'd got a full tourist's suitcase. So the situation was solved but he had a laugh when thinking how the thief would appear to his cronies when he came back to the hood and they would all be sitting around to see all the treasures which had been taken.
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#1344531 - 11/14/14 02:53 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: kendall]
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Infinity, I have to confess that I'm not a hot sauce fan. So something like tabasco sauce is too much for me. But...because you're asking I think it's only proper to do an adult dose. Like what I intend to give to the thief. So I'll do that and get back to you. \:\)

I probably won't be very happy.

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#1344548 - 11/14/14 03:55 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Yes, I think that "A Tuna Sandwich Named Kevin" should be the name of my next album.

Either that or "Al's Greatest Hits" \:\)
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#1344979 - 11/15/14 12:01 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Mooseboy]
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Update please
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#1345045 - 11/15/14 03:24 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: Chimp]
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Ha! I've been chickening out but I'll go do it right now, Chimp.
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#1345049 - 11/15/14 03:36 PM Re: Workplace food theft revisited. [Re: GoldenEars]
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Holy Shit! That stuff is hot! I filled the cap from a water bottle with the stuff (probably like 1/4 teaspoon) and slurped it down.

My throat is totally seared. The taste of the stuff is pretty nice, actually. I think they put a lot of sugar in it, so the flavor isn't rancid or anything.

I'll be making a sandwich with it this Sunday evening and be sure to put some toothpicks with olives stuffed on them in it. Who could resist a beautiful sandwich that screams "I was made with love" to steal?

Whew! I'm still burning here. Yep, it'll do.

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