(Closed) SPINOFF: Have you ever taken somebody else's food at work?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have you taken a colleague's food at work?
    No, never....the rudeness!! : (120 votes)
    73 %
    Yes, I have taken food clearly labelled with someone else's name : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Yes, I have taken food. It was unlabelled but deep down I knew it was someones and not communal : (16 votes)
    10 %
    Yes, I have taken food. It was unlabelled but I genuinely thought it was communal : (10 votes)
    6 %
    Yes, I have taken milk for my tea/coffee that was labelled for a department/team other than my own : (17 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    2755 posts
    Sugar bee

    Only once. I was having a blood sugar drop and had NOTHING to eat and didn’t trust myself to get safely to the convenience store and back. There was a Greek yogurt with fruit in the fridge – knew it wasn’t mine, but it was nearly end-of-day (most of my office leaves an hour or a half hour before I do) and I just ate it. I felt terrible and replaced it the very next morning. Never knew whose it was or if they ever missed it.

    Post # 4
    4284 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Never done this, nor had it happen to me.

    Post # 6
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @MissCalifornia:  At least you replaced it! My stuff used to get stolen ALL. THE. TIME. People at my office actually leave notes on the fridge saying, “My diet coke seems to be missing…Please replace it!” I’m not sure if that actually works or not.

    A lot of people use lunch bags and just place those in the fridge. I think people are less likely to root through someone else’s lunch bag than they are to quickly grab and steal something left out in the fridge. Drives me nuts that people do either one of those things…Some ate my whole lunch before. This is why I could never have roommates, lol.  

    I have a mini fridge in my office now. No more thefts!

    Post # 7
    5242 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have never done it but I have heard of it happening at my old work. Imagine you went to get your food out and it was gone!! I would be beyond pissed!!

    Post # 8
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Oh no, we thankfully do not have that problem at my job. And I could never just take someone’s lunch, I would literally starve to death if someone ate my whole lunch. lol. Thats what gets me through the day.  Some people do take their frozen tv dinners and leave them in the fridge for days even months and even then I cant find the heart to even throw it out even if its taking room in the small fridge and I know its spoiled.

    Post # 9
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oh goodness yes.. But it was just me and one other employee and she would leave food (chips, pretzels,etc) on Thursday and she wouldn’t be back at work until Tuesday…. So we established early on it was fair gamevice and she would eat my food too

    Post # 10
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    never had that issue. when I had a roommate in college, the fridge policy was “anything that doesn’t have names on it is fair game”. worked out really well.

    BUT that was just two people. I can’t imagine how mad I would be if someone ate my lunch.

    Post # 11
    770 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I voted no, but then I remembered that a few weeks ago I took a bag of tea from the box on top of the microwave. I assumed that it was there for anyone, but actually it might have belonged to someone.

    Post # 12
    797 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I did ONCE but I honestly thought it was mine!  It was a small bag of popcorn.  My coworker told me I missed the happy cart (we have a cart full of candy and goodies that goes around one Friday a month) and plopped a bag of popcorn next to me.  The next afternoon it was still there so I was eating it and she comes in and says, “Are you eating my popcorn?!” I felt sooo bad but really it was just a misunderstanding!

    Post # 13
    8697 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Ugh, we never had this issue until the last year at work, so it must be some new hire. Someone is stealing entire lunch bags full of food! The CEO even sent out an email and put up signs that said if the person was truly hungry and could not afford to eat, that they should contact an HR person and they would work something out. But they still steal food. So rude IMO.


    Post # 14
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014


    But in my defense, it had been in the freezer for at least 2 months. It was a Lean Pocket (which come in boxes of 2, there was only one) and my coworker had no idea she had left it in there. I was also starving because the soup I had brought turned out to be disgusting.

    About a month later she came in with another box of Lean Pockets claiming she’d never tried the kind she was about to make… But it was the same kind of the one she left in the freezer. Haha. Sealed

    Post # 15
    7527 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have never.  BUT we did have a lunch stealing problem.  They pulled the security tapes and found out it was the…. security guard!  That was kind of funny.

    Post # 16
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No, but I’ve had mine taken. It was my 2nd week at my new job and one of the supervisors ate it by accident, haha. He couldn’t remember what his wife had packed for him.


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