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I have a serious problem at work and if I do not get some advice soon, I may end up quitting this job. The problem that I have is that, for the past couple of weeks, my lunch food has been disappearing (before lunchtime) from the office’s refrigerator, which means that I end up with no food to enjoy at my lunchtime. This situation is super annoying and I need to make it stop for once and for all before things get out of hand. I do not know for sure who has been stealing the food, but I do have my suspicions. I think is a co-worker who hates me and is doing it just to piss me off. I have not talked to my supervisor yet because I want to fix the issue at a lower level, but if this situation continues, I may have to make a complain. Advice, please.
The Employee with no lunch
Dear Employee with no lunch,
I would say that, if you do not want things to get worse, you may have to talk to your supervisor and explain him what is going on. He needs to know this kind of stuff so he/she can do something about it. You trying to fix the issue at a lower level show the type of employee that you are and I commend you for that. The problem is that, if at this point, you are having issues fixing the problem, involving your boss in the situation may be something that you need to do. Stealing other people’s lunch is not only unprofessional, but also rude and the person who is doing it needs to face the consequences of his/her acts. If you want to get this situation corrected as soon as possible, I would recommend you to go ahead and have a nice chat with your boss and explain him/her what is going on. Again, the person who is doing this needs to stop and, in my opinion, the best way to make him/her to stop is by bringing the issue to your boss’s attention and giving him the opportunity to make the situation better for all the parts involved.
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