Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis so that you can seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you are with experiences it. A netizen recently asked, Am I a jerk for sending my coworker into anaphylactic shock? Here’s the full story for you to decide. 


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OP is at a loss here guys. Realistically, he knows he’s in the clear. Legally, he’s in the clear. But he’s being vilified by his coworkers, and he’s genuinely considering quitting his job because of this mess.

A Bit About OP’s Job

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So OP works a pretty standard day job, and at night he helps his friend at her restaurant, which serves an assortment of Thai cuisine. 

What Does OP Say

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OP says, “TBH I’m insanely picky, but I fell in love with this peanut sauce the main chef makes, and he showed me how to make it, so about once a week, I take it on either noodle or stir fry to my day job for lunch. People know this and a handful have tried it. It smells nutty, it tastes nutty. It’s white girl pad Thai, basically.”

The Mysterious Theft

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Lately, OP’s lunches have been disappearing, or he’d open his lunchbox to find half of his food missing. He has tried addressing it, but nothing has been changing, and OP was pretty sure it was one of the new hires that were doing it but had no proof. Until now.

What Happened On Thursday?

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Thursday, OP took his noodles, and his entire Tupperware was missing, which hasn’t happened before. OP was frustrated, but what can he do? A coworker shared her pizza with OP and that was that, until today. 

OP’s Boss’s Accusation Of Him

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OP’s boss confronted him and accused him of poisoning his noodles because his daughter (one of the new girls) “borrowed” his lunch and had to be hospitalized. Turns out, she’s severely allergic to nuts, ate some and boom. Anaphylaxis.

She used an epi-pen, had to be hospitalized and now her dad is trying to hold OP accountable for her bills and condition, but he doesn’t see it. 

What Does OP Say

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OP says, “Why should I pay? I don’t mark my food as an allergen because I’m not allergic to it, she was just dumb enough to steal from me and eat something she can’t have.” 

Now, What?

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But OP’s boss is being hateful, and some of his older coworkers are icing him out because he warned his boss he’d report any harassment to HR if he tried anything funny. 

“Brown nosers, I guess. My friend is aware and offered me a full-time job, but I just can’t help but feel it’s unfair. At the same time, I could have killed his daughter tho… So, Am I a jerk?” Asks OP. 

You’re NOT The Jerk

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“Not the jerk. Go to HR immediately and make them aware of what is going on. You did absolutely nothing wrong and your boss’s behavior is 100% inappropriate.” Said one. 

“Peanut allergy sufferer here: OP, she STOLE YOUR FOOD. That in itself is wrong, but when you have food allergies, you never, EVER eat something without knowing what’s in it. This is the most clear-cut “Not the jerk” situation I’ve seen in a while.” Another added. 

She STOLE Your Food!

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“Absolutely 100% Not the jerk. *Borrowed???* And how exactly is she going to return this food that she *borrowed* after ingesting it? It’s not *borrowing* when she was never planning on returning it or compensating you. I’m so sorry that your boss is terrible. 

She **stole** your food. She didn’t ask, she just took it upon herself to take *your* lunch. She is the jerk. Is she only doing this to you or is she taking everyone else’s lunch as well?”


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“Go to HR pronto.  Don’t threaten HR.  Get this on file.  See if you can switch departments or supervisors. Report both your boss and his daughter, the food thief.”

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