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Believe it or not #38 but some people keep stuff from the lost and found. For example several people at the job I currently have give sunglasses or other things they find to the boss for the lost and found and the boss will just keep them because they want to. It doesn't state that the employee gave the cook book to the boss as a gift, Nor does it state it wasn't a gift. But I'm under the impression it was not a gift.
In your most recent comment,#63, you basically said that the boss stole the book by saying that he might have taken it from the lost property. By saying this you contradicted your previous statement saying 'Nobody stole the book'. I think you should re-read the FML.
Get your other co worker to vouch that it was a gift and report your boss for theft. Unless your company as a strict policy against gift giving.
Not that I disagree with you or any of the other people who told OP to go to HR or the police, but it's not as simple as that. OP actually has a choice to make - what's more important to them, getting justice (and the book back) or their job? Sure, they legally cannot be fired for it, but they're always going to be on their bosses (and probably several other people's) shitlist and will be treated accordingly. There's a good chance taking legal action could put them in a very toxic position in the workplace and lead to them being passed over for promotions and the like. That's obviously not fair and not right, but unfortunately most of life isn't. If OP really loves their current job and the company they work at, this might be a problem.
I agree with you #2. Maybe even get camera footage if necessary. #61, you have a fair point, and that's a very possible outcome. Even still, it's the principle of it all. OP should get the justice they deserve, it being a "petty" cookbook or not. Either someone fork over $100 or the book is returned. The workplace may not have personal lockers and thus they had no choice but to go on the trust system. It could have happened before the OP had a chance to take it to their car on a break.
how to deal with it all depends on if your boss has a boss of him/herself. If so, simply go over his head and also HR. This is theft and if your boss says this he could easily be fired/replaced. If he is the owner of the company start looking for a other job cause its a ass and still call the cops.
That guy was an ass for giving away something that wasn't his, even if it was on his shared desk. The boss is an ass for not returning it, can you get the co-worker to stand up for you and prove purchase
Yeah, who just finds a book on a SHARED desk and immediately thinks "I'm gonna give this to my boss"? That would be like me finding my brother's shoes in the hall between our rooms and giving them to my dad. Clearly it wasn't mine and it doesn't have a note saying "Hey ___ this is for you" so why take it and give it to someone else? It makes no sense. Fuck that dude and your boss, OP.
your coworker is the jackass here. even though he wasn't there when you got the cookbook... it's a shared desk. if he sees something that doesn't belong to him, logically he should realize it belongs to you. he needs to get you a new cookbook or get yours back from the boss.
"Oh, there's a thing here on the desk I share with someone else. It's clearly not mine, but I'm gonna assume I can do with it as I please because I am a jerk." Your coworker sounds like a real considerate fellow. Do us both a favor and give something of his away later; see how he feels about it.