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Pregnant Woman Gets Co-Worker Fired For Stealing Her Lunch

If you work in an office then chances are you will have had at least one real-life Ross from Friends moment ("My sandwich!"). But while you might just whack a passive-aggressive post-it on your tupperware the next day or send a narky email round the office, this woman got the thief fired after they were caught with crumbs on their hands on CCTV.

The pregnant woman, whose husband was a chef and made her a nutritious lunch daily, was persistently targeted by a food thief and posted her story to Reddit.

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When it first happened she left a polite note, explaining that her husband would be more than happy to make them lunch for a fee - and some of her innocent coworkers took her up on the offer.

But despite her kind offer, the thief continued to steal the lunch. She'd even explained to the thief that she was pregnant and needed the nutrients from the lunch for both her pregnancy and breastfeeding her toddler.

The situation continued until the HR department of the company was faced to install cameras in the kitchen - the scene of the delicious crime.

The thief turned out to be an senior member of the company's staff who, at the time, was up for promotion. But when she was found out she ended up being fired.

The hungry victim told Reddit: "I began labeling [sic} my food hoping that would deter the thief. It didn't. Eventually, I put a note on the fridge that said: 'Please stop taking my food. I am pregnant and breastfeeding and this is negatively affecting my health'.

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"The thief was a middle-aged woman who doesn't seem to like me. She is making triple what I am making, if not more.

"After a week of this (I'd been bringing sandwiches and keeping them at my desk to hold me over) I had the IT guy send me a screen-grab of her stealing, one from each day.

"Lunch Thief was up for a promotion. She's near the executive level, and once you get this high up, the interviews involve execs from headquarters flying down to meet up with the execs in our office to sit in on presentations from the interviewees."

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"After she finished and was doing a Q&A, I put an image up on the screen. It was the pics of her stealing my food. People in the room started chuckling, and she turned back to look at the screen in horror.

"She (food thief) turned back to look at the screen in horror. The execs at my office who knew my lunches were getting stolen were visibly pissed at her. As it turns out, one of the execs who'd come from headquarters was also pregnant, and the other one had a wife who'd just had a baby.

"She was terminated.

"I didn't want her to get fired, I just wanted her to stop. If they'd ever talked to me, I wouldn't have wanted to get her fired. Aside from seeing the picture in the interview, they never involved me further. Never even asked me to send them the picture evidence for their own record."

The Reddit post, which has since been deleted by the user, received over 2,000 comments and 20,00 votes. And following the dramatic confrontation, the mum-to-be asked Reddit users if it was extreme to get the thief fired.

Many reassured the pregnant woman she hadn't done anything wrong.

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One comment: "Her actions are what got her fired. Exposing her for being a thief and honestly just a total piece of s*** doesn't make you an a****** at all. Behavior [sic] like that should never be tolerated in any work environment, especially from someone that high up."

Another posted: "Stealing is stealing.... if she is ok with this behaviour, what other dishonest things would she do? Such an awesome ending to this story. She dug her own grave."

But a few thought the woman could have handled the situation in a less public way.

One responded: "It's real s***** to handle that the way you did. You should've talked to HR like an adult. I don't understand how you were able to strut up front during a meeting to unveil the lunch thief like a petty version of Scooby Doo."

What do you think? Was she right to handle it in the way she did? Should they have fired the lunch thief?

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Topics: News, Life News, Real

Amelia Jones

Amelia is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in beauty, health, fitness and lifestyle. She has previously worked for titles including Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Red and the Mail on Sunday. Follow her on Instagram @ameliajeanjones or contact her via email at ameliajeanjones@gmail.com.

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