Coworker stole mini split system from office

I’ve always heard that employers are extremely nervous about disgruntled employees after they leave.

It hasn’t made much sense to me why this would be such a major issue.

I can’t think of any scenario in which I would retaliate against a past employer. I guess that doesn’t mean I’m the norm. Apparently, there are lots of problems with ex-employees coming back to their old offices and trashing things. And they’ll often try to sabotage the company, fellow co-workers, or to vandalize important equipment. In some instances, they may also steal things from the office for their own use. I found this out the hard way when one of my co-workers stole our only air temperature control equipment for the entire office last week. This guy had been a real clown at work for months. He hadn’t been doing his job and he was fired, appropriately. A week or two later, I walked into the office and something seemed off. It seems very quiet, as though there was some background noise missing. It took quite a while for me to realize that it was air temperature control equipment. We always had a small mini split ductless heating and cooling system installed in the office that adequately provided us with the heat and AC we needed. As the day went on, it began getting warmer and warmer inside of the office. I looked up at one point wondering when the air conditioner was finally going to kick into gear, only to realize that the entire mini split ductless heating and cooling system was gone. There were only wires hanging where the HVAC device had been. It sure was a hot and humid week working without any AC… and it was also pretty embarrassing to have my coworkers mock me for being so in-observant.

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