In a fiery tale of revenge, a Reddit user hatched a plan to catch his workplace lunch thief by spicing up his sandwich with the Carolina Red Pepper Sauce. However, when the thief’s identity was exposed, the situation took an unexpected turn, leaving the man to face the consequences of his own scheme. Here’s what happened:
They Have a Shared Fridge at Work
The Original Poster (OP) was operating his business out of a shared workshop space when the incident went down. Everyone there shared a single kitchen and fridge, which worked well for about a year. But it didn’t last. OP started noticing that someone was stealing his sandwiches…
It Happened More Than Once
OP hoped this might have been a one-off occurrence. But it wasn’t. After it happened a second time, he decided to do something. The next time he made his lunchtime sandwiches, he laced them with “an extremely spicy Carolina Reaper sauce.”
He Left a Note
OP left the sandwiches in the fridge alongside a note “warning about the consequences of stealing someone else’s food.” He then went out to grab lunch elsewhere. When he got back, it was complete pandemonium…
It Was Chaos
OP returned to the workplace to a scene of complete chaos. There was a woman screaming in panic, a child crying, and a general atmosphere of panic. He soon realized why…
The Culprit Wasn’t Who He’d Expected
It turns out the culprit wasn’t actually one of his colleagues. It was the cleaner’s 9-year-old son, who had been coming into work with her “during his school’s disinfection week.” Apparently, he’d decided to skip the healthy food his mom had made for him in favor of OP’s sandwiches.
The Mom Was Furious
The boy was clearly suffering because of the spiciness, so OP explained what had happened – that he’d spiked the sandwiches with Carolina Reaper hot sauce to teach the thief a lesson. This explanation gave the boy’s mom some relief at first, but she soon became livid, accusing OP of “trying to harm her child.”
Everything Escalated From There
Unfortunately, nobody saw the funny side or thought his actions were justified. The cleaner reported what happened to the landlord and even threatened to go to the cops. This then impacted OP’s relationship with the other workshops operating in the space, who sided with the cleaner. And it gets worse…
He Got Kicked Out
As a result of everything, the landlord ended up kicking OP and his business out – he was told he had a month to find a new place. Even OP’s friends thought he was in the wrong. But he doesn’t see it that way…
OP Maintains His Innocence
From OP’s perspective, he a) didn’t know the sandwich thief was a kid and b) would never have laced his lunch with hot sauce if he had. Apparently, that doesn’t count for much, though. He says everyone’s holding him responsible and saying he turned a trivial situation into a major issue. What did Reddit think?
Reddit Was On His Side
People on Reddit couldn’t figure out why OP had been blamed for anything. As the top comment said, “The reaction of everyone involved is bizarre. She left her child unsupervised and he stole. Why are they punishing you?”
His Reaction Was the Problem
Other people pointed out that OP shot himself in the foot by being so honest, though. One wrote: “OP’s reaction handed the momentum to them obviously. He should have just said he put the spicy sauce in his sandwiches cause that’s how he likes them.”
What Do You Think?
So what’s your perspective? Did OP do anything wrong here? Or were the other people in the story to blame? Maybe the kid’s mom should have taken more responsibility for her child stealing, for example? Drop a comment with your thoughts..
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