Cameras in the Kitchen

I work at government agency that’s not known for making a lot of noise. In that agency, I work in a silent department; we’re so quiet that in our corner of the office you can hear footfalls on carpeted floor. We’re a calm bunch, whose work rarely holds any surprises – though when it does, someone usually goes to jail. Outside of that, our lives are predictable and so our workplace is too. But every now and then something explodes into our lives – always started by another department – and we’re caught up in escapades and intrigue. This is one of those times.

It began with a sorrowful email:

From: [Name Censored]
To: [Agency Staff]
Subject: Work Place Courtesy and Respect

Dear Colleagues,

It has recently come to my attention that a fellow Staff member had her lunch taken (container and all) twice from the refrigerator.  This on top of the loss of another colleague’s personally bought Keurig cups leads me to believe that a relaxed communal attitude has been adopted where everything is up for grabs.  This is not the case.

Everyone and their personal belongings should be treated with the utmost respect.  Theft of any type will not be tolerated.

I encourage everyone to remember that we are in a professional environment and should make every attempt to show common courtesy and common sense in the work place.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you,

[Name Censored]

Then we had a pizza party. I don’t think the two were connected, but perhaps someone took pity on the mystery thief. The party itself was great. Then, that afternoon, we all received this bombshell:

From: [Name Censored]
To: [Agency Staff]
Subject: Workplace Courtesy and Respect

I am OUTRAGED that after [Name Censored]’s email yesterday someone took another person’s lunch today.  I frankly cannot believe it.  I thought it would never come to this, but we looking into having cameras installed in the lunchrooms.

Even pizza parties can’t stop lunch thieves.

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