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My Lean Cuisine was Stolen from the work frig

  1. OprahJr profile image61
    OprahJrposted 6 years ago

    What's that old saying, shame on me once... I'm bad with remembering famous sayings, but I think you all get the point. But the fact is, I don't have my own private ice box in my office and rely on the company refrigerator to store and house my good ole' Lean Cuisines, Smart Ones, etc. for a less expensive, healthier lunch option. In just the past 45 days my meals have been consumed or taken twice. I'm trying to wrap my head around it. Like what happens, people just forget what they packed for lunch? People confuse work with the local Soup Kitchen? or I think I've got it, people just don't care?!

    I would love it if a lunch 'thief' could reply to my post and help me understand what would trigger oneself to steal anothers lunch they know darn well IS NOT THEIR OWN.

    1. RKHenry profile image78
      RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You know, I think this is a universal problem.  It doesn't seem to matter who, what, where or when.  The lunchroom thieves are boundless.

    2. Blogging Erika profile image80
      Blogging Erikaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      With something like Lean Cuisines, I think some latitude is in order.  Who's to say I remember that I brought a Swedish Meatballs Lean Cuisine today, and not the Kung Pao Chicken?  Honestly those things are all kind of the same - you buy them 10 at a time, and don't necessarily remember which exact one you brought today.

      What I would do is tuck the Lean Cuisine into a brown paper bag with your name on it.  That way someone isn't going to grab it without thinking.

    3. mistyhorizon2003 profile image90
      mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I know this is just slightly off the specific topic, but a guy who used to frequent a pub my Husband also frequented, used to get fed up of going to the toilet only to come back and find someone else had drunk his beer. In frustration one day, he pulled his "penis" out in front of all his friends and dipped it into his pint, followed by the statement, "You b*****ds won't steal my pint now". Off he went to the toilet, and whilst he was gone the whole crowd also got their own penis's out and dipped them in his pint. When the chap returned he said "I knew that would do the trick", and then he proceeeded to drink his pint. Only after he finished it did the guys tell him what they had done. From what I heard he dashed back to the toilets where his pint made a rapid reappearance....!!!! (True Story).

  2. TINA V profile image82
    TINA Vposted 6 years ago

    I think there are 3 possible reasons why somebody gets your food.

    1.  that person might mistakenly thought it was his
    2.  that person might just be too hungry with no money to buy and doesn't know how to ask
    3.  that person might have a grudge on you that he wanted to fool you or irritate you

    My suggestion:

    1. write your name and date in bold letters so that your co-employees can see it
    2. report it to your HR Department so that they can make announcement regarding stolen food without mentioning your name
    3. just bring food to your office on a daily basis

    Have a great week!

  3. thranax profile image59
    thranaxposted 6 years ago

    Lol, thats life.


  4. Jeffrey Neal profile image88
    Jeffrey Nealposted 6 years ago


    1. sunforged profile image69
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I had a similar issue at first year college dorms...i responded with exactly the method above..the culprit was the one who ran to the bathroom, green in the face when i posted what had been done to said food on our community board...we laughed all year when we remembered his face!

  5. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 6 years ago

    lol JN, good one! lol

  6. Lady_E profile image82
    Lady_Eposted 6 years ago

    Aaawh.  Label it next time and maybe add "contains a very hot chilli" or "frogs fried legs". That'll stop them smile

  7. Flightkeeper profile image79
    Flightkeeperposted 6 years ago

    Listen, open your lean cuisine box, lift the plastic a little, spit into it, put it back and leave a note that you just spit into it.  Then see if anybody steals it. big_smile

    If somebody does, they are desperately hungry and you should bring two next time.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
      EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I was going to suggest something along similar lines, only using laxative instead of saliva, and omitting the note...

      1. RKHenry profile image78
        RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Oh yes!  This I've got to try.

      2. Flightkeeper profile image79
        Flightkeeperposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        lol I didn't think about laxative! lol

        I guess it should be ground in so they wouldn't notice. Ooooh, I would never steal your lunch Empress.

        1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
          EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          LOL.  Thankfully my days of using a communal fridge (in any context) are over.  Fingers crossed that I never have to go back there again.

  8. flread45 profile image81
    flread45posted 6 years ago

    Slap some habernero sauce on it and they won't steal it again..LOL

  9. Maddie Ruud profile image82
    Maddie Ruudposted 6 years ago

    Someone once drank a Diet Coke I bought in the morning, and had put in the HubPages fridge for lunchtime.  I shed bitter tears.

  10. MikeNV profile image76
    MikeNVposted 6 years ago

    When I was in college things of mine would be stolen by roommates all the time. I learned a trick from a friend how got Mono.  Lick all your stuff, drink out of the cartons, do it in front of people.  Manically they stop stealing. I guess this would mean opening your packaged products.  Not sure how to apply for your case, but it does work.