She's Accused of Eating on the Job—but Not Her Own Lunch

Ohio deli worker accused of devouring $9.2K of ham and salami, a handful of slices at a time
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2018 10:35 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2018 7:21 AM CDT
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She's accused of eating meat.   (Getty Images/fcafotodigital)

(Newser) Vice's Munchies notes this case could be one of "thinly sliced larceny," but whether charges emerge remains to be seen. A loss-prevention manager at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Bolivar, Ohio, recently received an odd tip about a longtime employee at the deli counter: She was accused of noshing on up to five slices of ham every day, though she occasionally was believed to have switched things up with salami. The store estimated she'd scarfed down about $9,200 worth of deli meat, and the Canton Repository reports she admitted on Friday to the illicit snacking.

But a Facebook post from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office notes that rumors of charges for felony theft on the "small amounts of lunch meat" allegedly devoured each time are, at the very least, premature: "No determination of charges has been made. The procedure is to send the report to the Prosecutor's Office and they are the ones to decide." The post adds that "felony charges are unlikely." Meanwhile, Munchies crunches some numbers and is wondering how Giant Eagle came up with the $9,200 figure, as, based on the woman's eight-year work tenure, that would come out to about $35 per pound for the meat.

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