Five Foods Most Likely to be Stolen by a Coworker

It's nor illegal, but it sure sucks!

June 6, 2019

I always bring my lunch or order delivery when I am at work. But there's one thing I will never, ever do with my food. Put it in the communal fridge in the break room. 

There are two reasons for this. First, most communal fridges are absolutely disgusting! Is this where leftovers go to die? And when was the last time someone cleaned that thing out? Personally, I have never opened the fridges here at the radio station. I do remember Ramona talking about how gross it was on the air and hearing a rumor that it had to be hosed out a few years ago. Yup, that's enough for me to stay far, far away.

The second reason I don't put my lunch in the fridge at work is people steal food all the time. I've never taken someone's food or snacks because I know how mad I would be if it were me. But apparently, a lot of people have swiped food from the fridge at work. According to a study, 41% of people have stolen a coworker's food and 60% of people have gotten into a confrontation about the missing food. Eek! That sounds super awkward. 

If you're worried that you may work with people who take other food, you can thwart the thieves by packing something that's less likely to be stolen. Yes, someone did research on what foods are most likely to be stolen by a coworker. Check out the list below!

1. chips  

2. fruit  

3. candy

4. coffee

5. juice

I am a bit surprised by the list. I thought pizza or pasta would be on there. These foods are pretty easy to swipe fast without anyone noticing so I get it. 

Have you ever stolen someone else's food at work?