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Stop! Lunch Thief!

How to protect your clearly labeled sandwich from office fridge raiders
Antitheft measures include bags covered in fake mold and warnings that the lunch has been contaminated
Antitheft measures include bags covered in fake mold and warnings that the lunch has been contaminatedIllustration by Erik T. Johnson

My friend Peter’s boss always eats lunch in the office—it’s just not always his lunch. If his boss finds a sandwich lying around, he scarfs it down without a second thought. People warned Peter about this when he took the job, at an aerospace tooling company near Seattle. Once his boss snatched an apple right off his desk; Peter has now taken to hiding his snacks in drawers.

Everything is up for grabs in office kitchens: soda, coffee creamer, potato chips, it doesn’t matter. I once stored homemade chocolate bread pudding in my office’s fridge with a note explaining that I was taking it to a potluck dinner party after work. When I went to retrieve it at the end of the day, someone had eaten a third of it. They had even poured on the vanilla glaze that I’d stored in a separate container.