A grocery store in Ohio recently had a deli debacle. Giant Eagle Supermarket, in Lawrence Township, called the police on an employee who had allegedly been eating on the job. The grocery store claims the woman ate several slices of deli meat each day. Turns out, multiple slices over eight years really adds up-the woman allegedly ate $9,200 worth of deli meat, according to NBC4i.
A loss prevention manager at the grocery store reportedly received a tip that one of the employees was eating three to five slices of ham every day, and occasionally salami, NBC4i reports. The store manager estimated that the missing ham was worth $9,200.
Though many outlets are reporting that the woman was charged with a crime, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office posted a statement on its Facebook page on September 8, explaining "While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made."
Sheriff Orvis Campbell, who wrote the statement, says his office does not have the authority to make the final decision in the case, though he does "feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the Prosecutor, Felony charges are unlikely."
He continued on to clarify: "When called to investigate a matter, our office holds an independent duty to report on behalf of the complainant and sometimes make immediate arrests. We did NOT make an arrest and there have been no formal filing of charges."
Many people, including community members, responded to the Facebook post, thanking the police department for clarifying and expressing disappointment in Giant Eagle.
One user wrote, "Boo Bolivar Giant Eagle!!! They should be ashamed!" Another said, "Three to five slices of meat a day is nothing compared to what ends up in the dumpster at the end of the day."
Some were just exasperated: "Oh for crying out loud." One person said, "for real I thought it was a joke. smh."
Only time will tell whether this cold cut conflict will be deemed as a crime. We will update as we hear more details.
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