... I keep telling myself I really don't care. I care, of course I care.
So here's the dilemma: I buy lean cuisine type meals every couple of weeks. I like to have these on hand in our office fridge (shared with the whole building). That's probably my first problem. I knew for some time that my lunches were "disappearing." I told myself, "whatever!" That's my next mistake. Others treat you the way you allow them to treat you, right?
Yesterday, I headed over to F & E for my favorite single lunches. I kept them wrapped in the store paper bag and failed to write my name on the bag. Doing so hasn't made a difference anyhow. Clearly I bought these lunches for myself. A name graffiti'd all over the store bag doesn't make that any more obvious. Today, I head over right at lunch excited for my favorite of the 4 selections: Chicken Tikka Masala. And poof... my favorite is gone. The shame, it hasn't even been 24 hours. I mean at least let me forget about my lunches for a couple of days and help yourself once I've clearly not eaten them. I'm being sarcastic. Of course, it's never okay to just take something.
I was bummed about my lunches and wondered what's the best way to deal with this now that I care enough to give it a second thought. I went a ahead and wrote a little note on the remaining two meals: "please don't steal my lunches - I'm happy to share, just ASK!"
I imagine this person won't ask and if they do I actually would be happy to share. Truth be told, I keep telling myself this person must really need my $2.50 lunches. Perhaps a student in any one of the build's nonprofit agencies is helping themselves out of necessity. This is how my brain rationalizes it. That way I tell myself "no biggie, it's cool, someone needs this lunch more than I do."
Then I immediately think "BUT stealing isn't cool!" Back and forth go my thoughts and I wonder.... what would you do in this situation? Let it be, pursue the "thief" or something altogether different?