Solution: Clearly label your food
When food goes missing in Dowling's office, co-workers take the humorous route.
"We used to joke and say the office raccoon dipped into your lunch bag," he said.
To thwart thieves, clearly label food with a permanent marker or bright stickers bearing your name. If you are absolutely convinced a co-worker took your distinct-looking lunch, approach him or her gently: "I think you accidentally took my container. Do you mind double-checking it? I'll label my lunch more clearly tomorrow."
Talk to the office manager if theft persists.