If you’ve ever worked with someone particularly nasty or narky, chances are the thought of confronting them just as you conveniently exit that place of employment crossed your mind. Plenty of people have even joked about spiking their colleagues’ food with laxatives in order to wreak revenge for a horrible job experience.
But while most people put on a brave face and remain as professional as possible even as they depart a place of employment, one woman actually did just that. She actually planned laxatives in food of someone she didn’t like. Unluckily for her, she got caught, and it appears her rookie mistake was revealing her devious plans to another colleague.
According to Ann Abor News, the Saline Police Department in Michigan received a tip-off from an employee at MMI Engineered Solutions, who explained that the woman was planning to spike brownies she prepared for a send-off for a co-worker. As a result, the company intervened in the nick of time before anyone consumed the dodgy treats.
The 47-year-old woman initially denied any wrongdoing, but later confessed to her cheeky crime when officers informed her the brownies would require forensic testing, where any foreign material would be identified. She later admitted she included a cube of laxatives as a key ingredient in her brownie mixture, which would have caused some serious tummy troubles if anyone actually did consume the brownies.
Police later discovered there was tension between the two employees, although the suspect denied that wasn’t the reason she spiked the snacks. It is not known why the pair had a falling out or if the suspect had spiked any other food in the past.
The woman was fired immediately from her job, although police said no charges would be pursued. If anyone did consume the brownies, things could have been a lot more serious for the woman. Saline Police Chief told Ann Abor News that tampering with food could get you into serious trouble with the law.
He noted that doing so could cause allergic reactions and people don’t always talk openly about their medical conditions.
“A lot of times you see it in movies or TV shows where someone tries to do this or play a joke, but it’s very serious,” he said. “It’s a criminal act. There’s just so much going on in the world, to create a problem like this is unnecessary and it’s criminal.”
It’s not the first case of food tampering that has made headlines this year. In January, a top UK chef was forced to quit after she admitted on Facebook that she’d specifically spiked vegan meals (she didn’t say with what but our guess is meat or cheese) at a restaurant because of a particularly difficult customer.
In 2012, a bullied worker took revenge on his workmates by “turbo-charging” their coffees with amphetamines, and back in 2009, a 60-year-old nurse spiked a fellow nurse’s lunch with a “pain relieving substance” after they had a falling out at work.