Candy thief gets suspension and transfer

Receptionist took chocolates from package with wrong name and then tried to cover it up
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at an employee who claimed a permanent job reassignment was excessive discipline for stealing from a package delivered to the office and then lying about it.

Carol McClintick, 59, worked at the front counter for the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria for 10 out of the 22 years she was at the paper. On July 10, 2007, she accepted a courier package addressed to a name she couldn’t find on the employee list. She decided to open the package to see if there was any information on the intended recipient. She didn’t find anything except for a tin of chocolates.

McClintick kept the chocolates at her desk but didn’t check with her supervisor or call the courier. At the end of the day, she took the chocolates home to give to a friend, despite the fact she knew it was a serious act of misconduct and could get her fired. The next day an employee inquired about the package, saying she was expecting the chocolates from her boyfriend, whose name had been accidentally put on the address label instead of hers. McClintick acknowledged seeing the package come in but denied knowing where it was and said she had left it on the desk. Later, she bought a replacement box and tried to give it to the employee, but management said it was still investigating. McClintick was asked if she was being honest about the chocolates and she said she had her own chocolates in her purse.