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How to Deter Co-Workers from Stealing Your Lunch

There's nothing more maddening than opening the office fridge and discovering your lunch is gone. Put an end to the stealing with some of these strategies.


  • Step 1: Put your name on your lunch. People are much less likely to pilfer food when they know who they're stealing from.
  • Step 2: Sneak a piece of tape into your meal. You'll know to remove it before eating, but a thief will get a nasty surprise when they bite down on it.
  • Step 3: Make your lunch difficult to identify. Wrap it in foil, then duct tape it in butcher paper, then put it in a sealable sandwich bag, and then stick it in a small shopping bag. Office thieves will have no idea if your lunch is worth stealing, and no easy way to find out.
  • Step 4: Catch sticky fingers by applying a thin layer of super-strong glue to the bag containing your lunch. Just remember to protect your own fingers when you retrieve it!
  • TIP: Don't want to risk fusing the fingers of an innocent? Smear some petroleum jelly on it instead. Not knowing what they're touching, the thief will likely recoil in disgust.
  • Step 5: Apply a few strategically placed blotches of green paint or nail polish to the outside of a standard plastic sandwich bag. At first glance, it will make a sandwich look like it's been in the fridge so long it's gone moldy.
  • Step 6: If all else fails, invest in an insulated lunch bag to keep at your desk. Then you just have to hope the lunch thief isn't brazen enough to steal it right out from under you!
  • FACT: Forty-four percent of office refrigerators are cleaned monthly and 22 percent are cleaned only once or twice a year, according to one survey.

You Will Need

  • Marker
  • Duct tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Butcher paper
  • Sealable plastic sandwich bags
  • Small shopping bags
  • Super-strong glue
  • Green paint or nail polish
  • Laxatives
  • Insulated lunch bag
  • Petroleum jelly (optional)

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