“I’m In The Clear, Legally”: Boss Accuses This Woman Of Poisoning Her Snacks Because Her Coworker Got Hospitalized

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Not so long ago, there was a popular meme where an office worker brought a peanut butter sandwich to work and a few curious colleagues wanted to try it. Turns out, they were all allergic to it. While it’s totally fine to laugh at the situation and memes that followed, real accidents do happen that cause you to think how terribly unfair life is. A similar story appeared on the AITA subreddit where a worker brought her favorite recipe to the work place and got accused of harming her coworker after she stole the food and ended up in the hospital. This is what happened.

This woman is facing a tough situation at work, as her coworkers accuse her of poisoning snacks and vilifying her.

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Delicious home-made peanut sauce made coworkers jealous and got one hospitalized

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Someone's been stealing lunches, but now our protagonist has proof!

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Boss falsely blames woman for coworker's allergen reaction, demanding payment

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My coworker is accusing me of poisoning his daughter, but AITA?

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Things take an unexpected turn as a boss accuses this woman of poisoning her snacks!

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An alarming accusation has been made against an employee

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The coworker was accused of poisoning the snacks, but she explained she just brought a "peanut sauce dish"

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Stolen pad thai and unhelpful bosses don't make for a great work day. 😔

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The woman may have been accused of poisoning snacks, but it's unclear how serious the allergic reaction was.

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This woman is taking a night off to reconsider her options after a revenge lawsuit was suggested, but at what cost?

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"Karma doesn't give me anything": Employee responds to accusation of poisoning coworker

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This woman is cleared from all legal charges, but the accusation of poisoning snacks still stands.

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Unsolved mystery revealed - "the recipe"

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Make a tasty peanut curry with these ingredients!

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Make your own “med-low heat” coconut milk snacks for a tasty delight ‍

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Trying something new but with limited time - the lazy cook's dilemma

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Don't forget about the natural peanut butter! 🥜

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“Who's in the wrong here?” 🤔 A woman accused of poisoning her snacks is facing a dilemma!

A woman finds herself in a difficult situation when her boss accuses her of poisoning her snacks because her coworker got hospitalized. She claims to be in the clear legally, but is feeling the pressure from her coworkers and is even considering quitting her job. She brought a peanut sauce dish for lunch, a recipe she learned from her friend at her restaurant, which unknowingly led to her coworker being hospitalized due to a severe nut allergy. She warns her boss that she will report any harassment to Human Resources, but feels there is an unfairness to the situation. Is she in the wrong here? Read on to find out what others think.

🤦‍♂️ Boss accuses coworker of “poisoning”!

Forward_Squirrel8879 | Forward_Squirrel8879

The commentor, identified as NTA, advises the OP to go to HR immediately, since their boss behavior is 100% inappropriate. The replies to the comment include one that reminds the OP that their food was stolen, and another that emphasizes how serious a breech of food allergy protocol it is.

NTA: Stealing food is dangerous!

The_Void33 | The_Void33

The comment states that the poster is not the a**hole because it wasn't the poster who fed the food to the coworker - she stole it. There are two replies which emphasize the risks of stealing food, with one noting that even seemingly harmless dishes can contain potentially life-threatening allergens.

Boss accuses her of 💀?! 🤔

Madison_M_M | Madison_M_M

The commentor is adamant that their boss is NTA (not the a**hole), and questions why the coworker "borrowed" her lunch without returning it or compensating her. Another reply questions how the coworker intends to return the food after ingesting it.

NTA: don't be intimidated 💪

Away_Refuse8493 | Away_Refuse8493

OP's boss accused them of poisoning snacks due to their coworker getting hospitalized. Go to HR and report both the boss and his daughter for theft. Don't forget everyone else engaging in workplace harassment; the daughter should be terminated for stealing. OP has nothing to apologize for, they are a victim of theft and nothing else.

Need HR help? 🤔

Similar-Koala-5361 | Similar-Koala-5361

The comment suggests that OP go to HR ASAP for help as the boss and coworkers have created a hostile work environment for them. The reply states that HR will likely be of benefit in this case and suggests that OP might have to jump companies to properly escape the situation.

Report to HR 🚨

ZombieZookeeper | ZombieZookeeper

The commenter advises the original poster to report the incident to HR before their boss spins the story. They are NTA (not the a**hole). A reply to the comment mentions that HR is probably already aware of the incident, calling it a little sus (suspicious).

💃 OP stands strong 💪

lesbian_goose | lesbian_goose

NTA: The boss accuses OP of poisoning her snacks, but OP completely clears her name. The boss' daughter is responsible for not checking for peanuts. OP should report the boss to HR and explicitly warn him of consequences if revenge is taken. No payment for medical bills should be made and the thief should be reported as well. Replies support OP to notify HR for documentation purposes.

🤔NTA: thief's 'WAY PAST' old enough to know better

rapt2right | rapt2right

The original poster claims the accused woman is not the a**hole as she's 'way past' old enough to know better than to steal food from the workplace and thus put her coworker in danger. The poster suggests going to HR and recording her side of the story, as well as exploring the possibility of leaving the team for a better work environment.

🤦🏼‍♀️ A stolen lunch

claypolejr | claypolejr

The comment argued that the woman is NTA (not the a**hole) for the accusation of poisoning snacks. The comment also stated that she 'stole' the lunch, and a reply to the comment stated that she 'almost won the Darwin award'.

👀😯 NTA: 🍴 🔒 🤦‍♀️

Ducky818 | Ducky818

The comment suggests that the original poster is 'not the a**hole' (NTA) in this situation, as the boss' daughter was stealing food that was not hers, and went into anaphylactic shock as a result. The comment further advises the original poster to look for a new job as the boss is making their life difficult.

🚔 🔨 💰 🏥 Take legal action!

useragreement13 | useragreement13

The commenter suggests that the woman should take legal action against her boss, who accused her of poisoning snacks. The comment also states that the woman has done nothing wrong, and the daughter could have killed herself due to not being aware of what she was eating.

🤬 Coworkers suck up to the boss and the OP is considering quitting 🤔

raineydays13 | raineydays13

The commenter is labeling the boss as NTA (not the a**hole), for accusing the woman of poisoning her snacks. They also think the other older coworkers are sucking up to the boss. The OP is considering the offer from their friend to quit their job if they can afford it. The replies pitifully state they will look into it and they plan to 'f**k Carter and his brat' if they do quit.

Be careful what you accuse! 🤔

cantgetridofme1986 | cantgetridofme1986

The commentor pointed out that the woman couldn't have killed her coworker by stealing her food as that's not possible. She also made an observation that when someone borrows your food, you don't expect it back the same way. The reply confirmed the thought with an example.

👮‍♀️ NTA! 🔥 Report it 🤝 HR 📑

bb9272-is-my-tea | bb9272-is-my-tea

The commenter believes that the woman is Not The A**hole (NTA) in this situation, and suggests to report it to the Human Resources directly to fill out the necessary paperwork.

NTA: HR should be notified

Ippus_21 | Ippus_21

The commenter pointed out that the boss accusations on the woman are unwarranted, and that it would be illegal to hold the woman responsible. The commenter recommended talking to the HR even if there are no explicit harassment from the boss. They also noted that someone with a severe food allergy stealing other people's lunches was an irresponsible act that could have dangerous consequences.

NTA: 🚫 Stealing food 😱🤯

Alicia2297 | Alicia2297

The comment says that "NTA: She STOLE your food. You didn't poison her. She didn't have the right to touch it and if she's really allergic to nuts she should know better to check what's in before eating it." It also suggests that the commenter could press charges for stealing their food and harassing them.

NTA! Don't just 🔔 warn him, report him to HR.

Tanyec | Tanyec

According to the commenter, the boss is abusing his power and is guilty of harassment cased by his kid's wrongdoings. They also recommended reporting the daughter for stealing the OP's food. However, they raised doubts whether the story is true or if the OP is trolling, but the verdict stands regardless.

🧐 Be careful & report!

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The comment advised not to be the a**hole (NTA) but to be careful and to report the situation to HR. The commenter stated that they are as allergic to nuts as the coworker is and is careful about what they eat and never eat anything without asking for its ingredients.

Report theft & 🔥🔥!

greenteatwisted | greenteatwisted

NTA - The commenter advises the OP to report the theft of their food, as well as harassment from their boss, to HR and also consider getting a lawyer. They also suggest talking to their friend about the job they are offering.

No a-hole here 🤷👀

unjessicabiel_evable | unjessicabiel_evable

The commenter says NTA, emphasizing that coworkers with life-threatening allergies should not be risking their health by eating food from unknown sources.

NTA: 😡

shinsegae20092013 | shinsegae20092013

Commenter believes the boss is wrong to accuse the woman of poisoning her snacks, with a reply suggesting surprise at the behavior of a coworker.

🚨 Report this now 🚨

facinationstreet | facinationstreet

The comment urges the woman to reported the incident immediately, citing that the commenter is “Not The A**hole” in the situation.

No a**hole here 🤔

Terrie-25 | Terrie-25

The commenter believes the woman is 'not the a**hole', as she shouldn't have been eating unknown food with food allergies. No replies were found for this comment.

🤦‍♂️NTA: Boss blames wrong person

Heraonolympia123 | Heraonolympia123

The commentor believes the woman is not to blame as the individual who stole the snacks must have known they had a severe allergy and was willing to risk it. The boss is 'daft' to have accused her and they suggest the boss is responsible to 'pay for that'. They also advise the woman to record everything and report it to HR.

NTA: ✊️You didn't do it 💔

Bygdon | Bygdon

The commenter declares that the woman is Not The A**hole for not adhering to the thief's dietary restrictions and suggests that she take the other job without a two-week notice.

🤔 NTA, report it!

ToniaML | ToniaML

The commenter said NTA, or not the a**hole, and recommended the original poster to report the incident to Human Resources. They suggested that the original poster should not have to change what they bring for lunch, as the accused person should not have been stealing in the first place.

🤬 NTA: report it 🔄 jobs!

Direct_Smoke1750 | Direct_Smoke1750

The comment states that NTA (not the a**hole) and suggests to report this to the HR and switch jobs. It also states that the daughter involved needs to be fired.

🤔 Law isn't the only concern

Emotional-Ebb8321 | Emotional-Ebb8321

NTA, the commentor claims that a food thief has caused a catastrophe, unintentionally leading to a negative work environment. The commentor suggests reporting the incident to HR and looking for new employment.

🤯 Steal or not, NTA for a coworker's misdeeds

Scared-March7443 | Scared-March7443

This comment affirms that the woman is Not the A**hole (NTA) in the situation, since she cannot be responsible for her coworker's illegal actions. The comment also advises the woman to go to HR and report the situation, since another employee is creating a hostile work environment. The comment adds an unfair note of caution, suggesting that if the woman knew the coworker was stealing her lunch and put peanuts in it knowing that the coworker would eat it, she could be held criminally liable, even though the coworker stole the lunch.

Theft and Hostile Work Environment 🤬

No-Passage546 | No-Passage546

The commenter believes that the woman who ate the food without permission should be reported for theft, and her 'daddy' should be reported for creating a hostile work environment. NTA.

👀Creative fiction or🤷‍♂️truth?

ArmadilloProper9985 | ArmadilloProper9985

The comment expresses disbelief towards the accusation of stealing random meals and blames someone for having peanuts in food they allegedly stole. The comment suggests that the story is creative fiction and scores it a 2 out of 10.

👩🏻‍🎓 NTA: No food-stealing here

devasen_1 | devasen_1

The comment suggests that the boss has wrongly accused this woman of poisoning her snacks for a hospitalization incident, as the poster believes that the woman's daughter should be mature enough not to take other people's food without permission and should know what she's eating.

No a-hole here! 🤔

Dogandcatslady | Dogandcatslady

The commenter believes the woman is not the a**hole in this situation, and questions the motive of why someone would "borrow" her lunch if they have a deathly allergy.

NTA.🤔 HR and a labor attorney needed?

ComprehensiveSir3892 | ComprehensiveSir3892

The comment says NTA (not the a**hole) and suggests that both HR and a labor attorney should be involved due to the boss' accusations. The comment adds that it's the boss who could have killed his daughter for teaching her to steal and shielding her from just consequences.

Boss' daughter gets away with 🤔

mellymichele | mellymichele

The commentor struggles with the boss' daughter's lack of accountability, and comes to the conclusion that there's something fishy about the story. No replies found.

NTA 👍🏼 Report to HR!

Luka_the_Cyka | Luka_the_Cyka

The commenter suggests that the woman, who is being accused of poisoning her boss' snacks, should take legal action and consider her friend's job offer. 🤝

🤷‍♀️ NTA: Lesson in not taking something that doesn't belong to you

Right-Mind2723 | Right-Mind2723

The commenter remarks that the woman is not the a-hole for the situation - a lesson should be learnt from this incident to not take something that does not belong to them. It is best for the woman to go to HR and consult an attorney for the potential harassment as well as take another job offer if available.

NTA: Not Stealing, Just ✋

Beautiful_Context614 | Beautiful_Context614

The comment, using the acronym NTA (not the a**hole), states that the woman accused of poisoning her boss' snacks was not stealing but rather should not have taken the snacks without permission, as she did not know what was in it.

👊 NTA - Lunch thief exposed!

bibbiddybobbidyboo | bibbiddybobbidyboo

This commenter took a strong stance, labeling the boss as 'not the a**hole' (NTA). They felt the boss was trying to scam or set up their coworker to avoid being there, pointing out that the lunch stealing was accompanied by a strong smell to alert the allergy sufferer.

😡 This boss is 🤬 NTA!

Shitsuri | Shitsuri

The comment suggests leaving the job because of the unfairness and lack of respect from the boss. It also mentions that the boss is 'not the a**hole' (NTA).

👊NTA: Not responsible

spyd3rm0nki3 | spyd3rm0nki3

The commentor believes the woman should not be blamed for her coworker's hospitalization due to eating her lunch, as she was not responsible for the theft. They also expressed surprise the woman was receiving backlash for the situation.

🤯 NTA: Boss accuses woman of poisoning snacks

Mabelisms | Mabelisms

The commentor expresses shock and disbelief that the boss accused the woman of poisoning snacks, adding that the boss was definitely in the wrong (NTA)

Protecting oneself from legal trouble 🦹🏽‍♀️

unsungzero1027 | unsungzero1027

The commenter is not the a**hole (NTA) as they are not responsible for any allergic reactions that another coworker might have to their food. They advise the woman to go buy her own food and contact HR in writing with the complaint of abuse in the workplace.

It's not her fault 😡

My_genx_life | My_genx_life

The original comment suggests documenting all the facts and taking them to HR immediately. The commenter suggests that it isn't the accused woman's fault as the other employee with severe food allergies was responsible for taking food without knowing what was in it. NTA.

Don't take snacks without permission! 🥨

guy_van_stratten | guy_van_stratten

The commentor asserted that the woman was NTA (not the a**hole) and that taking snacks without permission could lead to serious consequences.

NTA 🤦‍♀️ How can someone be *censored* and make it to adulthood??

Glittercorn111 | Glittercorn111

The commenter is not the a**hole (NTA) and expressed shock at how the accused person could be so stupid and still make it to adulthood.

NTA:👊🏻 Don't let them bully you!

Accomplished-Cheek59 | Accomplished-Cheek59

The comment is affirming the original poster as "not the a**hole", and is advocating that the original poster should go over the boss' head and take the situation to HR and their boss' boss. It is arguing that the boss abused his power in attempting to make the original poster take responsibility for the medical bills of his daughter and the hostile work environment created to bully the original poster.

She's not the a**hole 🤔

Individual_Sell_818 | Individual_Sell_818

The commenter suggested the woman to go to HR, explain the situation, and write all interactions with her boss down. Alternatively, the commenter suggested her to change jobs if it is too stressful.

Karma's 🔥: NTA

Seivelath | Seivelath

The commenter believes that the woman is in the clear, legally and considers it karma for her coworker getting hospitalized.

NTA: 🢂 Get HR involved 🢀

pnutbuttercups56 | pnutbuttercups56

The commentor, NTA (not the a**hole), advised the woman to go to Human Resources with her side of the story and report what had been happening. There were no replies to this comment.

NTA: protecting ✔️

toofat2serve | toofat2serve

The commentor is not the a**hole (NTA) for bringing their own lunch and not labeling it as dangerous to them. The commentor suggests to take the situation to HR.

🤔🤔 NTA - why take a risk?

Cowie8591 | Cowie8591

Commenter said NTA, expressing confusion as to why someone with life-threatening allergies would steal food, especially when they don't know its ingredients.

🚨 Save evidence! 🚨

theloontoon | theloontoon

NTA: Go to HR immediately and consider speaking with a lawyer in case there are any reprisals. Save emails, texts and other evidence for proof.

Workplace drama 🤯

Beautiful_mistakes | Beautiful_mistakes

The commenter declared NTA and expressed their opinion that the woman would've avoided being hospitalized if she hadn't been a thief.

🤦‍♀️ Boss pointing finger at coworker

CynicallyGemini | CynicallyGemini

A coworker's boss is accusing her of poisoning snacks, after a coworker went to the hospital due to an anaphylactic reaction. The comment suggests taking the issue to HR since the boss may know that the other coworker's daughter was the thief, but failed to address the issue, making the accused coworker Not the a**hole (NTA).

🤔 Seeking legal advice 💡

ADHDLifer | ADHDLifer

The commenter suggests the woman take legal action for a hostile work environment. They confirm that the woman is NTA (not the a**hole) in this situation.

No a**hole here🤬 Coworker steals food

Blavkh | Blavkh

The commenter says NTA (not the a**hole) as the boss vilifies the woman even though the coworker had been stealing her food. This implies that the workplace sucks.

NTA: Don't steal others’ food!

canchanchan386 | canchanchan386

The commenter said that the person who stole the woman's lunch deserves to be reported to HR, as it's not right to take someone else's food.

NTA: Stealing lunch 😠

Fatt3stAveng3r | Fatt3stAveng3r

The commenter makes it clear that it's not the woman's fault, since she was the victim of someone stealing her lunch. No replies were found.

NTA: she's not at fault 💪

Far_Anteater_256 | Far_Anteater_256

The comment writer believes the person being discussed is not the a-hole (NTA) for their boss' accusations against them and that they should report the boss' threatening behavior to Human Resources (HR).

NTA: 🤷‍♀️ Stealing snacks didn't pay off 🙅‍♀️

Celestial-Salamander | Celestial-Salamander

According to the comment, the woman is not at fault for her coworker's hospitalization since she's allergic to the food she stole and should've been more careful. Additionally, the comment suggests that the food she stole had a distinctive smell and flavor, so it's odd how she missed it.

NTA: 🙄Get your rights laid out!

HunterDangerous1366 | HunterDangerous1366

The comment stated that the woman should not be the a**hole in this situation and that she should get her rights laid out in case of a hostile work environment claim. Looking for legal advice would be a wise decision.

NTA 🙅🏼‍♀️ She stole without asking!

skerrols | skerrols

The comment says NTA (not the a**hole) for the woman, since she should have asked for permission first instead of stealing the lunch.

💯 NTA: no close call

jbchapp | jbchapp

The comment stated that the boss was 100% ‘Not The A**hole’ and that there was no even close call about it.

NTA: let the law do ✋ its job!

[deleted] | [deleted]

The comment is advising the woman to not take accountability for her coworker's hospitalization and instead let the law deal with it. The comment also suggests to sue the boss if needed.

Stolen snacks, legal problems 😡

kiwifarmdog | kiwifarmdog

The comment says "NTA" (Not The A**hole), implying the person believes the commenter is not at fault. She was faced with a coworker stealing her food and as a result is being treated badly by not only her boss, but other coworkers. The commenter then goes on to suggest the person should go to HR regarding the matter. No replies exist for this comment.

Lol 👀😂 WTF.!

Playful-Mastodon-872 | Playful-Mastodon-872

Commenter said NTA (not the a**hole) and described the situation as 'Lol. Wtf. “Borrowed” your lunch? Hahahah what?' They also suggested the person quit and move to a different job and to report it to HR.

An insane accusation 🤯

Queen_Sized_Beauty | Queen_Sized_Beauty

The comment rebukes the boss for accusing the woman of poisoning the snacks, stating that the food was in no way meant to be near the coworker's face, and NTA (not the a**hole).

🤔 NTA! 🤦‍♀️ Your boss was being an a-hole.

StunningOccasion6498 | StunningOccasion6498

The commentor stated that the person accused of poisoning snacks was not the a-hole as they did not lace the food with an allergen. Instead, the accused stole food without knowing what was in it and the commenter noted that the thief was 'real dumb.' The commentor also suggested that the accused person accept their friend's offer and eat all the noodles they want without someone stealing them and blaming them for their mistake.

🤔 Stealing + Allergy = 🤬

R_Mack | R_Mack

The commentor believes that the woman should be reported to Human Resources for theft and her father for threatening the boss. They deem her to be Not The A-hole in the scenario.

NTA 🤨: coworker's allergy 🤒 results in food 🍱 being stolen.

Crazydoglady_uk | Crazydoglady_uk

The commenter states that the woman is not the a**hole for having a life-threatening allergy, but they suggest that she is the a-hole for stealing food from her coworker.

Definitely NTA 👍🏼

StandardWing2333 | StandardWing2333

The comment states that the woman mentioned in the article is 'not the a**hole' and suggests that she might need an attorney.

Karma Bites: NTA ✌️

Jazzlike-Village9159 | Jazzlike-Village9159

The commenter expresses their opinion that the woman accused of poisoning snacks is 'Not The A**hole' (NTA). They mention karma, reinforcing the idea that the coworker who stole her lunch has suffered the consequences for their actions.

👩‍⚕️ Diagnosing a deadly 🍫 allergy 🤔

delusionaldork | delusionaldork

The comment suggests that the woman inform their boss that they have diagnosed the issue, which may be because their boss' daughter is mentally impaired and stealing food with a deadly allergy.

🤔 Karma comes around 🤷‍♀️

Th3L45tBroth3r | Th3L45tBroth3r

The commenter believes the woman is not the a-hole here. They argue that she is essentially stealing meals, and that karma will eventually catch up with her.

👇🏻 No a-hole here 👇🏻

DogePerformance | DogePerformance

The commenter declared the original poster NTA (not the a**hole) in any sense, and advised them to take immediate action and file a complaint with HR an hour ago.

💰 Get paid out! 💰

Junglepass | Junglepass

The comment suggests not quitting yet and getting paid out instead.

A parent saying what⁉️

notanotheramber | notanotheramber

The comment expresses shock about a parent claiming to have "borrowed" their child's food. No replies were found.

NTA: You're entitled to eat whatever you want!

KajinMonkey | KajinMonkey

The comment affirms that the woman is Not The A-hole for eating what she wants, as it's her food and she is not allergic to the nuts she ate. Besides, the commenter adds, her coworker paid the price for stealing her lunch.

NTA 👊🏻 A coworker's food stealing conundrum

trolleydolly30 | trolleydolly30

The commentor believes the woman is not the a**hole as she has stolen the food. There weren't any replies to the comment.