A teenager has sparked a social media storm after a row over flat-share food theft resulted in a man having to seek emergency aid.
The 19-year-old who claims his food was stolen took to Reddit as users whether his behaviour was unjustified.
The teen explained to Redditors that he had recently moved into a “shared place” and a mystery member of the household kept pinching his food from under his nose.
He said: “I (19m) recently moved into a shared place and there is someone who keeps stealing my food. At first I thought it was just a mistake but even my leftovers were being eaten. It was very clear that the person was doing it on purpose.
“I spoke to my housemates about how I would just prefer to be asked first but they were nonchalant about it and none of them admitted to doing it and I haven’t caught anyone in the act so I just tried to ignore it as it only happened every couple of days or so.”
Things came to a head when the youngster returned home with some food he had found in a bin.
In general, Reddit users appeared unperturbed by this element of the teenager’s story. However what happened next caused much more of a stir.
The concerned teen wrote: “A few days ago I came home from work with a carton of eggs that I found while dumpster diving and some bread.
“I wanted to give the eggs the water test first before eating them just to make sure that they are safe to consume but I was too tired and went to bed early without eating.”
He went on: “The next day I found out that one of my housemates got so sick he ended up having to go to the emergency room. My eggs were not in the fridge where I left them but I saw the carton and shells in the trash and my bread was opened.
“I had a hunch that it was him because there was a possibility that the eggs had gone bad but I was also annoyed at the fact that he helped himself to my food without asking.”
The teen confronted his unwell flatmate over the food theft. He explained: “When he came back, I asked him if he had eaten my eggs and bread but he denied. I then said okay but I hope whoever ate them doesn’t get as sick as you did because I found the eggs in a dumpster. His face immediately dropped and he looked visibly uncomfortable.
“He got angry and went from saying that he may have consumed the food by mistake as he wasn’t paying attention and doesn’t exactly remember and accusing me of poisoning him.”
In a truly bizarre twist, the illness suffered after the flatmate stole the teen’s food was blamed on the teen himself: “He said that it’s a health hazard to bring such food in communal spaces without warning everyone first as it’s not uncommon for people in shared places to eat other people’s food by mistake.
“He hasn’t spoken to me since then and my housemates are siding with him and called me disgusting for doing that. A part of me feels like I wasn’t wrong because they were MY eggs that I was fully intending on eating and I didn’t think I had to warn people against eating food that didn’t belong to them but I also do feel bad and guilty that he got sick.
“So Reddit please tell me if I was in the wrong?”
Reddit users were all-but unanimous in their support for the teenager at the centre of the storm.
One said: “If the housemates prefer a communal food-sharing system, they had the opportunity to discuss this with you when you brought it up. They also could have asked you to label your food so they didn’t accidentally mix things up, but it sounds like they didn’t take that opportunity either. This sounds like karma to me.”
Another chimed in: “All of them are mad at you because they all eat/steal your food. NTA. I hope they learned their lesson.”
However one user did question the poster for taking food from a bin into the house, saying: “why the F*** are you pulling cartons of eggs and other potentially spoiled food from dumpsters?”