HR Strange But True!
February 01, 2002

Here's a report from the Associated Press that should make you consider drafting a formal policy on "dibs" in the lunchroom:

An employee of a Johnstown, Penn., company took laxative-laced brownies to work to get back at coworkers who - according to him, anyway - had been eating his bagged lunches. One of the coworkers who fell into the trap ended up requiring medical attention. He says he suffered nausea, diarrhea, cramps and dehydration.

He has also decided to sue, seeking unspecified damages from Raymond Jastrzab for the pain and embarrassment he suffered when he ate Jastrzab's brownies

The AP reports that Jastrzab was fired from OMG Americas in Johnstown following the Jan. 27, 2000, incident and has been denied unemployment compensation after the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ruled that he was guilty of willful misconduct and "evil design.

Jastrzab admitted to baking the brownies because coworkers had been eating his bagged lunches, the company said. Coworker John R. Anthony Sr. ate the brownies only after they had been left on a table in the plant's dining room, said his attorney, Terry Graffius. An unwritten rule of the plant held that food left on the table was available to anyone.

Source: Associated Press

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