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Aly Walansky
June 22, 2017

It’s happened to all of us: You spend all morning looking forward to eating last night’s leftover steak fajitas, only to discover it missing from the office fridge.

What gives? Who is the creep who wants to eat someone else’s leftovers?

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Turns out, you are not alone. A recent survey from online grocer Peapod discovered that a staggering 71% of us have had our food stolen from the office fridge; and 35% of us admit to having taken food that’s not ours.

It appears men are twice as likely as women to steal a coworker’s lunch, and 48% of have stolen food only to retaliate for our own food being stolen first. Fair. We do need to eat.

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While food theft is a part of office culture that may never go away, there are a few things we can do to try to ward off a disappearing lunch. Simply labeling our lunch with our name can help to avoid the honest misunderstanding – a lot of brown bags do look the same.  You can also consider bringing lunch that doesn’t necessarily need to be refrigerated, or bringing leftovers that are purposefully so unattractive no one else will want them.

As a last resort, there’s also anti-theft sandwich bags, like these with ‘bugs’ or these with ‘mold’ which will dissuade anyone from wanting your food.

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