News – “Giant Eagle employee accused of stealing $9,200 worth of deli meat” – NOTE: After a discussion with Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell, this story has been changed. The story initially indicated that the woman had been charged with felony theft, but no charges have been filed as of Sept. 8. “While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made,” Campbell said in a Facebook release.

BOLIVAR A grocery store employee with a taste for ham and salami was accused of stealing $9,200 worth of deli meat from the Giant Eagle, 11031 State Route 212 NE in Lawrence Township.

The eight-year employee admitted the theft Friday, according to Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hale.

The Giant Eagle loss prevention manager received a tip that the employee had been nibbling on the meat at the deli, eating about three to five slices of ham nearly every day over a space of eight years, Hale said. She occasionally ate salami.

There’s an old Just Grubbin adage “you gotta hear both sides” and I firmly agree in this case. They’re sitting here saying she stole $9,200 in deli meat over EIGHT YEARS. Come on man that’s $3.15 a day. That store loses way more than that in accidents damaging products & returns. Let my girl live. She’s clearly hungry. Maybe if you paid her 39 cents more an hour she could afford the $3.15 in meat she eats every day. Giant Eagle, you disgust me. 

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