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Guy Furious After ‘Mooch’ Coworker Reports Him For Being ‘Hostile’ For Refusing To Buy Him Lunch

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Redditor Moochingcoworker is a 23-year-old who had enough of a scheming coworker when it came to lunchtime.

The Original Poster (OP) visited the “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) subReddit after taking a stand against the coworker for his manipulative misdeeds and asked:

“AITA for refusing to buy a coworker lunch”

The OP explained:

“I have a coworker (25 M[ale]) who is a mooch. If you get something for lunch, he wants you to get him something too, but expects you to buy it for him because since you mentioned it, he says you offered.”

“At first I thought maybe he had money problem, but then overheard him laughing and bragging to someone in another department about how he was able to scam lunches out of his coworkers, and he’s attempted to bully a free meal out of someone more than once.”

“His general entitled attitude is one of the many reasons I don’t like him.”

“So yesterday my girlfriend and I had lunch together. He overheard me confirming before I left and asked what I was bringing him and I said nothing. He said I brought it up, and I corrected him.”

“No, I was confirming we were still good and he was eavesdropping on my conversation. He started complaining so I had if he gave me money for his food I’d bring him something but I wasn’t going to buy him food.”

“He started complaining about it again and I got irritated and said no money no food, and then I left.”

“When I got back my boss said my coworker complained I was being hostile. I told him what happened and how he’s constantly trying to weasel free food out of people, even some of the people he knows are struggling.”

“So my boss asked around and several others corroborated [sic] what I said. My coworker got dragged into the office and now he’s p*ssed that I ‘narc’d’ and how he was just kidding. Most of the office thinks he got what he deserved but a few think it wasn’t worth getting him in trouble over.”

“Today no one he asked told him what they were doing for lunch, and he’s whining that we’re alienating him. I said he alienated himself because of his behavior.”

“He said I’m an a**hole, but I don’t really feel bad that a mooch who thinks it’s funny to scam his coworkers thinks I’m an a**hole.”

“My little brother is on here a lot and suggested I post though, so AITA?”

Strangers on the internet were asked to declare one of the following:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
  • NAH – No A**holes Here

Redditors praised the OP for standing up for himself and agreed the coworker got what he deserved.

“NTA People that are ‘just kidding’ don’t complain about hostility to the boss. He’s just p*ssed his con stopped working so no, I wouldn’t worry what he thinks.”

“It’s absolutely worth getting him in trouble over when he’s trying to get you in trouble. Protecting yourself from the scammer isn’t an AH thing to do at all.” – TimeandEntropy

“Yeah, he can’t be mad that you told the boss what happened when the only reason you did is because he made a fake hostility complaint to the boss. He’s a hypocrite among his other issues.” – besupergood

“Definitely NTA. He got what was long overdue.”

“It’s not like you went out of your way to narc on him – HE is the one who narced on himself by whining to your boss about you.”

“Had he not brought up the issue and forced you defend your actions (what did he think was going to happen? That you were just going to roll over and let your boss bollock you for no reason?!), none of this would have happened.”

“Good on you for standing up for yourself and your coworkers and hopefully, giving him a life lesson.” – LizardManelli

“Plus if I read this correctly, he asks coworkers what they are getting for lunch and then tries to get them to buy him something by claiming that they brought it up?”

“How in the world does asking someone what they are having for lunch mean that they brought up the topic??” – Rare-Association

“NTA. He tattled on himself when his complaining and false report got you sent to the bosses office to be asked yourself what the hell was goin on. What did he expect you to do, lie and cover for him?”

“Must be pretty stupid if thats the case. How does this man even have the dignity to sleep at night? To ask coworkers who he knows are struggling (by your words its not all but some, still) For food, to ‘bully’ food from people as an adult?”

“This man isn’t homeless, this man has a job, this man has money from said job, if he wants food so damned badly for free he can do to a damned food bank.”

“Hell not even, food banks give food to people who NEED it, this man can walk or drive his ass down to the store and cry while spending his paycheck on food because he’s greedy and stubborn.” – WolfPetter42

“NTA. You didn’t narc…he did.”

“So if I understand correctly, some of your office thinks that it’s fine for him to try to get you in trouble, but not fine for you to defend yourself with the truth.”

“Guess you know who to avoid going forward.” – _Julanna

“NTA I agree, you hadn’t planned to talk to your boss that day. The mooch made a bogus complaint, you were well within your rights to give the actual facts of the situation.”

“Everyone you work with should love you, because you might of managed to put a leash on that d*ckhead.”

“There is no way he genuinely thinks people answering his question about what they are planning to eat is an offer to get him free food.”

“He knows what he’s doing and is counting on people not wanting to confront him or argue. He sounds like a sh**ty entitled a**hole.” – LJnosywritter

Overall, Redditors said the OP was NTA, and what he did hardly qualified as “narc-ing” on his coworker.

Written by Koh Mochizuki

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