A man at an unnamed company who noticed fruit was missing from his office set up a webcam at his desk to catch a woman eating the fruit.
The alleged perpetrator was a cleaning lady apparently helping herself to a late-night snack as she snatched an apple off his desk.
In the video, the janitor is on her cellphone as she wheels her cart down the hallway. She steps into the office and snatches the apple without hesitation before making a quick exit. Before wheeling her cart away, she takes a bite of the apple.
Instead of confronting or reporting her, the angry worker posted the janitor in action as his screensaver, accusing her of snatching the fruit. He then kept the webcam rolling to catch people’s reaction to his screensaver. One co-worker found it amusing while the alleged culprit was left standing with her mouth wide open in shock. The video ends with the text, “I haven’t had any fruit stolen since.”
The YouTube video has been received with mixed reactions. “Awesome video,” wrote phonelosersofamerica. “Kudos to you for freaking her out instead of reporting her.”
Buslateagain was far less sympathetic, writing, “I hope she sues the pants off you.”
The video vigilante is similar to the break-room bandit at a Texas police station. But in that case, the hidden camera was part of a sting set up by detectives in their own break-room. The thief, a local police officer, was suspended for 30 days without pay.
That didn’t happen in this case because the man never reported the janitor to higher-ups. Instead, he figured worldwide humiliation on YouTube was more than adequate punishment. The video has since been removed.