DinkyTeacup Posted March 14, 2007 Share Posted March 14, 2007 Quite recently at my job, several people have complained about certain personal belongings such as jackets, glasses and even picture frames, going missing. Administration is appalled that someone in the office would actually take it upon themselves to steal others' belongings. Thankfully, nothing serious has been stolen, like a wallet or bank card, or anything like that, but people worry that it might happen. Anyway, here is my dilemma: Yesterday, I came into work an hour early, because I was planning to leave early for a doctor's appointment that day and didn't want to have my pay docked. I turned on my computer and while it started up, I went to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. On the way back to my desk, I saw a coworker, whom I'll call Mrs. B, walk out of someone else's cubicle and round the corner. She did not see me. I sped up a bit, bewildered by the fact that she'd been at someone else's desk with the lights off. When I rounded the corner, I saw her rummage through MY inbox and then she proceeded to walk into someone else's cubicle and I heard her opening drawers and rummaging through them. I was floored. Mrs. B is a middle-aged woman who has always seemed so nice and polite, yet there she was, going through someone else's things. With coffee mug in hand, I walked over to the desk she was violating, but she walked out of it just as I reached it and nearly crashed into me. She was surprised and looked a bit embarrassed. I asked her what she was doing and she said she'd been searching for spare staples. I decided to forget about it, until my neighboring cubicle dweller came in and complained that she was missing a small ornament from her desk. That was the desk Mrs. B had been going through. So, it seems, I've caught the office klepto, but I don't have proof. Should I tell administration what I witnessed? Or should I leave them an anonymous note telling them about it? Mrs. B is really nice and I would never have thought she'd be capable of such a thing, but then again, it's always the person you least expect. Link to comment
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