Working in a corporate structure is not easy sometimes, as there are many people constantly around. Since they are all different, their personal preferences or characters can cause a stir, which happened here.
One person was working in an open space environment and discovered that someone stole their lunch. In fact, the lunch thief was just about to eat his lunch, and this person immediately took his plate from him. In front of a small crowd, the person shamed the lunch thief and made them regret what they did.
After this episode, the person noticed the others acted weird toward him, as they obviously did not like how he treated the thief. This is why the person told the story on Reddit, asking if he was the one to blame for what happened after he saw someone eating their food.
Here is how the internet people reacted:
1. The baller
We guess this person should probably not regret anything, as they did the right thing and said the right words, too. Such lunch-snatching people should be shamed all the time,
2. The HR
We guess this is a good piece of advice that the person needs to take as soon as possible. Things might get hairy in case one of the witnesses of the situation happens to report it.
3. The reason
Being reasonable and polite would never be the right way to deal with someone who had the audacity to steal another person’s lunch, so this thief got what he deserved.
4. The applause
This person decided to applaud the person who managed to catch someone in the act. We guess this type of reaction sends the right message and teaches a lesson.
5. The lunch
We guess that many people have reacted in a similar way to the situation this person described in the post above. It is probably relieving to them to see that others have actually punished such thieves.
6. The opinion
We believe that some people will do nothing but praise this person for his reaction, and approve of the way he handled something most people will go through silently. This is not the way to go, as it will likely leave a grudge inside of you.
7. The lunch
We have always wondered what kind of person would calmly go to the dining area and steal someone’s food. They would have to be ready to face the consequences of their actions, and this thief got what he deserved.
8. The nerve
Here is yet another person who also stated that it is hard to believe some people out there would go there and get some food without asking for permission. It is very unpleasant to see someone else eating the food you have prepared for yourself.
9. The coworkers
We know that most people would probably wonder why the other coworkers thought that this person was too hard on the thief for stealing his food. We firmly believe this was nothing but a natural reaction to that.
10. The HR
There is no doubt that it does not matter if a thief steals something valuable or insignificant. Stealing is stealing, no matter how you look at it and dealing with thieves may be unpleasant, but it must be done the right way.
11. The other people
We are certain that people are not usually aware of their rights and the things they need to do in certain situations. In this case, nobody should alert HR about the person who caught the thief, but about the one who stole food.
12. The shock
This is true, and we also think that no thief would ever expect to be caught red-handed. In this case, the person had the bad luck to be caught in the act, leaving him no choice but to try to come up with a lame excuse.
13. The food
There are things that nobody should even consider doing, and stealing a coworker’s food is one of the basic ones. Imagine being busy with meal prep all day only for someone to go and steal your food.
14. The action
It is true that not all people would react as this person did, and we salute him for it. Most of us would probably either pretend we didn’t understand what was going on or take matters directly to the HR department.
15. The food preparation
Yes, this is how we felt immediately when we read the whole story, and we guess that most people would share this opinion, too. Nobody is too busy to prepare food, and even if they didn’t, they should not steal.
16. The point
There is no doubt that there are different ways in which people would approach this situation, but we also think that some of them are more accurate than others. The way the person handled it in the story is the best one, in our opinion.
17. The service
We guess that there are people who would agree with this post as well, and we see no problem with that. There are always two opinions at least, and they are very equal in this case. The person said the right things to the thief.
18. The audacity
It might be excessive to treat someone this way, but we justify this reaction. We know that food is sacred to some people, and they have every right to react like that if someone decided to steal it under their noses.
19. The call out
There are many cases in which people need to react immediately and stand their ground if they want to do the right thing. This happened here, and we think that nobody would blame the person whose food was stolen.
20. The lunches
This is a post that makes a lot of sense, as it suggests one important reason not to steal other people’s food. We guess that many people out there have special preferences and needs when it comes to food, mostly due to special circumstances.
21. The bottle
Here is how some people are not bothered at all by the fact they know exactly who owns the food or drinks they intend to steal. We are certain that this person had to carry out the plan to tape a fake note on the fridge. That would have been awesome.
22. The hero
There is no doubt that many people would probably accept this person the same way, and we are not surprised. This unsung hero did the thing many other people never did under similar circumstances.
23. The response
The thing about this situation was that it had to be handled in only one way, and it would have been impossible if the person hadn’t caught the thief in the act. We guess this was a stroke of pure luck.
24. The lunch
This user was obviously confused by the story and especially by the people who commented on the matter, sharing their own experience. Those who work in an office know that things like that happen all the time.
25. The former company
Now, this is one amazing way to handle situations when people steal their colleagues’ lunches all the time. This user shared how being Asian helped them provoke and even trick their colleagues in admitting their crimes.
26. The food
There is no other way to put things than this post here. If you have a job, chances are you can buy lunch or at least supply the groceries you would need to prepare a decent lunch, so you won’t have to steal other people’s.
27. The favors
We know that people are not exactly sure if they would behave like that or not if in the same situation. They would probably think about their image after the ordeal is over, but they should not worry about that.
28. The champion
There is no better way to comment on this matter if you truly approve of what this person did, and we guess that he was probably happy to read all the supporting comments people shared under the original post.
29. The steal
Stealing is something simple. You either get away with it or you simply get caught in the act and you have no other choice but to admit everything. Trying to come up with some excuse would be pointless and it will not work.
30. The nicer things
Being nice is always the best thing to do, regardless of the situation. Still, some individuals are not exactly keen on doing it, especially if they are in a situation when their emotions have escalated too much to be handled.
31. The humiliation
Those who are already thinking about how awful the thief must have felt need to be reminded that the person whose lunch was stolen was in a far worse situation, as he was forced to see someone else eat his food.
32. The offenders
There is zero doubt in our minds that people who steal lunch are just as capable of doing far worse things as those who have already done these worse things, but they are probably too afraid to do it .
33. The creativity
It seems that this is the type of advice that is logical, to say the least. Those who steal food from their coworkers are likely never going to stop, except maybe for this thief after he got caught in the act.
34. The report
This is the right thing to do, even if it only comes to a lunch that got stolen. Stealing is stealing, regardless of whether the stolen goods were valuable or not.
35. The desktop
This is a very good piece of advice we guess everyone working at a corporate office needs to take ASAP.