There is a girl with whom I work who is ostensibly very nice, but she has a dark, dark inner self that I have come to recognize as the bane of my existence: she is a damn food-stealer.
It started out when my cubicle was near hers, and she’d mosey over to chat.
I hate myself for phrasing that last sentence like that.
Anyway, she and I became fairly good work pals right away and I think I know why: not only would I listen to her detailed conversations -including verbatim dialog, much like Lady Criesalot– I also overlooked her tendency to use “like”, “you know” and “or whateverrrrr” at least four times each during the course of a sentence or two, but I like to keep tasty snacks in my desk drawer so I don’t freak out and eat an entire buffet during lunch.
The damn food-stealer began taking advantage of my snack stash.
First, it was “Oooh that looks good! Can I have some?”
This, of course, should’ve been a major red flag, but at the time I was the new girl so it was merely a pale pink piece of fuzz in my peripheral. Although I absolutely detest the thought of ever asking to sample someone else’s food [I assume if they want to share, they’ll tell me] I decided to give the girl the benefit of the doubt and let her hand go snaking into my bag of granola bar bits.
That is where this Cracker made her major mistake: I opened the floodgates for all damn food-stealers and accidentally branded myself a girl-who-doesn’t-mind-sharing-food.
I moved cubicles due to a coworker leaving and the new space being a prime spot to sit near my other team members, and, as I was moving across the room, I assumed the damn food-stealer would find other desks to scavenge, but I was wrong.
Just the other day, we were on a major project deadline [data cutoff, semi-annual report due, and preparation for my coworker to be gone for a week] so I didn’t leave to get lunch. At all. Not even takeout.
I decided I could tide myself over with goldfish crackers until dinner and opened my food drawer to retrieve them.
It must’ve been like a dog whistle and the damn food-stealer some kind of terrier with as quickly as she spanned the room and stood before my chair.
My blood began to boil as I saw her skinny little hand go reaching into the bag of what was my only meal until 7pm or so.
“Girl, why’re you always stealing my foood?” I said this in a joking, more-Southern-than-I-actually-sound way, but on the inside I really meant it.
“Because I know you don’t care,” she replied.
cue the crickets.
I was about to say, “Are you sure about that?” but I only got “Are y-” out before I was called to answer a question or take care of something.
Next time, I’m bringing in nothing but wasabi peas, McDonald’s [the damn food-stealer is kind of a health nut] and the flaming hot salsa from my local burrito joint [I happen to know that the damn food-stealer refuses to eat there on the grounds that she will have the hershey’s about three minutes after eating].
I can’t wait until the damn food-stealer changes departments so I can snack and work undisturbed.
The very thought makes me drool…