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.