Boy do I wish I was kidding about this one…
I take prescription pain meds for a chronic female problem. It’s really no big deal, but I often take a pill or a pill and a half at lunch. I certainly don’t abuse the medication, nor do I bring tons with me to the office.
There is a girl who sits near me who I’ve been friends with for the two years I’ve worked with this company. She’s had bariatric surgery and a few plastic surgeries over the last few years and has been on and off pain pills in her recovery. She and I have often discussed our various aches and pains and the medicines we have taken.
About a month ago I heard her on the phone with her doctor, trying to get him to refill her Vicodin prescription. From all accounts, he would not do it. I heard her crying and I immediately wondered if maybe she was getting a slight dependency on the pills. I asked her, and she told me no, that she was just having pain and nothing would help. I stupidly told her I’d bring in a few pills for her until she could get in with her specialist. Now, I realize you aren’t supposed to share prescriptions, but she seemed really upset and I know what it’s like to have chronic pain. I brought her about five pills, she asked me for a few more one more time, and that’s the last I heard from her about it. I assumed she got what she needed from her doc.
Recently, I have had pills coming up missing. I usually bring two with me, and take up to one and a half at lunch. I never really thought about locking my purse or anything because I have never had an issue with this sort of thing. Four times I have had pills stolen. The first time I just thought maybe I had forgotten them, the second time I became suspicious, and the third time I was convinced. I reported it to my boss and to HR. They asked if I wanted to file a police report, but I declined. I didn’t want to come right out and accuse my friend. It’s an awful position to be in.
So I told her that I reported the incident, and she acted like she was in sympathy with me for the theft. I didnt’ want to think it was her. So for the last week I have locked my purse up. Well, today I forgot to lock it up for three minutes while I went to the bathroom. I was gone for a very short time. When I got back and went to take my medication, one of my pills was gone. I am now convinced that she is the one doing this. I told my manager, but there is nothing they can do besides make a report.
Should I confront this girl? I want to look her in the eye and ask. If I was anywhere but work I would have gotten to the bottom of it sooner. I just don’t want to cause a scene or make things uncomfortable. But really, things are uncomfortable as they are now. I think she knows I know, but she keeps doing it. She acts weird when the subject comes up, and the everyday conversations feel forced.
I’ve wondered if I could set up a trap or a tiny camera or something to catch the perp, but I don’t know how to go about it.
I know it’s partially my fault for not locking up my stuff, but I am just not used to having to worry about this stuff.
Any advice or ideas on setting a trap?