Girl I work with steals

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee

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@jordan1234:  Why do you leave all that stuff at your work premises?

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

Now that you know she considers items in the bathroom to be communal property leave your makeup, etc. in your personal desk drawer or bag. You can’t prove what’s in her bag was yours so no, do not take it. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

I agree with PP, keep all your belongings in your desk. I would also put your name on everything from now on.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’m not sure how a bridesmaid or best man got in there either. Must be a HUGE bag! Haha

All kidding aside, I would simply stop keeping your things at work. It sucks that she steals, but I would never leave my personal things at work because you never really could trust people. I’m not sure what I would do in your situation regarding taking your makeup back. I think I probably would, and then if she asks about it, just play dumb. But if you take it back, keep it at home or in your purse or something where she wouldn’t be able to take it

 

ETA: if you’re set on keeping your stuff at work, maybe try to find a small lock box that you can leave in the restroom so she can’t steal your stuff anymore (unless she tries to take the whole box lol)

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

It’s bizarre to me that you leave that stuff in your work bathroom and not in your desk.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

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@jordan1234:  Why are you leaving all that stuff at work?!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

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@jordan1234:  It’s possible that she thought the hairspray and floss were communal property (it’s unhygenic to share makeup though). Since she’s new you could explain the confusion to her or signal it by putting it in a basket with your name on it. (I suppose you could spike the hair spray with temporary hair dye or perfume, but that might be a extreme.) Otherwise, I’d recommend you keep your purse and other property locked in your desk or with you at all times.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I agree about keeping those things in a locked desk drawer, if possible, otherwise, carry a tote to work with the things you need.

If you want to get your point across without accusing her, you could always send her an email stating that that someone else must have been using the bathroom the two of you share because the things you kept there are missing or gone – list your hairspray, floss and moisturizer. Warn her either not to bring things or to keep them locked up in the future so she doesn’t experience the same thing. Passive aggressive? Yes. If she’s honest, she may tell you that she thought things in the bathroom were communal property and she’s sorry, but it is likely she will deny it and thank you for telling her. Either way, you’re less likely to find your things missing in the future.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Next time you see it out, say “oh hey, that’s interesting, I use that same brand, but you know what I hate to say it, but I think someone TOOK it! Horrible right? I left it in here all the time and then it was just gone. Right around when you started. Maybe I just lost it, but I wouldn’t recommend leaving anything in this bathroom just in case. You hate to think someone might take it. I dunno if it was someone from the outside or what…really sad, anyway whoever it was I know they like that brand”.

Then she knows you know but she doesn’t know WHAT you know. if it’s an innocent mistake, or she just happens to own the same makeup you didn’t accuse her. If she took it she knows you noticed.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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@echomomm:  hahaha jinx.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Lol ive learned through my sisters, that i cant leave stuff in a communal area. Or else id have to be okay if its used or taken, or missing. and its so hard to get those things back bc it takes confronting and argung and its just not worth it. 

So for the longest time i kept my stuff with me in my bedroom, in a bag or drawer and would take it when i wanted to use it. 

Sadly, its the way things may have to be when sharing restrooms with another female. 

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