How do you find out, or even confront someone, about eating your lunch?


Lost Lunch


Dear Lost Lunch:

Finding out who swiped and ate a lunch can be very difficult unless other employees noticed something, or if you find evidence of some kind in the alleged thief’s work area. And, there is a chance you might be mistaken.

If you think you know who did it, that is a matter for a supervisor to handle, or at least to advise you about. You may be advised to let it go this time, or there may be further investigation if other lunches have been missing, or the supervisor feels it’s serious enough to investigate.

Unless you have witnesses, you may find you are better off letting it go and start keeping your lunch in a thermal carrier near your desk, rather than in a refrigerator to which others have access.

It’s been my experience that someone who steals food or other small items, will do other wrong things if given a chance. Ethics and character, or lack of it, usually are the same in all we do.

Maybe through group meetings or conversation in the workplace, you can share with others how frustrating it was to have your food stolen, and how that worries you to think anyone there would have done it. At least then you’ll warn others and the culprit will know others might be watching.

Best wishes in not letting this anger or frustrate you excessively!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.