Coworker’s Spicy Food Theft Revenge Plan Takes Unexpected Turn As They Accidentally Self-Report

In a popular post on Reddit’s AITA community, a user recounts their experience with food theft at work. Frustrated by the ongoing problem, they decide to take matters into their own hands and label their lunch as containing extremely hot sauce to deter potential thieves. However, their plan backfires when they are called into HR for allegedly contaminating the office fridge.

After questioning the situation and demanding evidence, it turns out that their food had been mistakenly taken by a coworker. Determined to address the issue, the OP insists on filing a complaint, despite their boss urging them to drop it.

Now faced with a dilemma, they seek advice from the online community to determine if they were in the wrong for taking a stand against food theft at work. Here’s how it all played out.

Readers shared their thoughts on the food theft dilemma in the comments. Many sided with OP in this situation.


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