About six weeks ago my company hired a new guy, let's call him Bruce, and they put him in the empty office next to me. On his very first day, he came to chat in my office and noticed my pink company-logo ball cap and pink hard hat sitting on my bookshelf, and he went on and on about how his wife would LOVE them, she's obsessed with anything pink, she would love those hats, etc. Then about two weeks ago, he mentioned them again--he just couldn't get over it, his wife would love them, etc. I figured he was hinting for me to give one of them to him and that was not happening, so I just bean-dipped him.
Last week I took a day off and on Thursday morning I realized something was slightly off on my bookshelf--both my ball cap and my hard hat were missing. Things had been moved into their spots from other shelves, like to cover the empty spaces, and the safety glasses I kept underneath the hard hat were on a different shelf. I'm an accountant, I can add 2+2, so I stuck my head in Bruce's office and said, "Have you seen my hard hat and ball cap? They're both missing." He said, "No, no." I said, "Well, did you see anyone going in or out of my office yesterday?" He said, kind of quickly, "No, no. It must have been the cleaning people. At my last job stuff went missing all the time."
Hmmm. We've never had so much as a sandwich go missing, and I keep other things in my office that would have far more monetary value than a ball cap. I emailed my two next closest office neighbors to ask if they'd seen anyone with my hats (without mentioning Bruce at all), and one emailed me back immediately to tell me Bruce had mentioned to HER a couple of weeks ago how much his wife would love my pink ball cap. I did a little more asking around and found two MORE people he'd said that to! (A master criminal mind, he is not.) I made sure to mention in his hearing that if they weren't back on my desk by the first thing Friday morning, I was going to HR. They weren't, so I went, and HR was very nice about it but of course since there's no proof there's nothing they can do. Except, of course, order me a new hard hat.
My boss and Bruce's boss both agree that he took them--it certainly wasn't the cleaning people, and everyone else who would want or need a hard hat already has one--but again, there's nothing they can do without proof. And really I don't want them to do anything; I don't particularly want to know whether he's garden-variety weird or get-revenge-on-your-coworker weird, so I'm letting it go. I find it telling that he hasn't spoken to me since Thursday when I asked him about the hats--not goodbye, hello, nothing, and he was quite the Chatty Cathy before this.
I'm not upset about the hats; I'm getting a replacement hard hat and never wore the other one. But it makes me feel super-uncomfortable to have him around! I find it so creepy that he came into my office while I was away and took something just because he wanted it, and then lied about it. Everyone in our office got along so well before this happened, and now I just feel uncomfortable and weirded out.
So if you've made it this far, on to my question: there are empty offices on the other end of the hallway. Should I insist that he be moved down there? If he were to be moved his projects partner would have to be moved as well, so that complicates it a bit. Am I being too dramatic? What would you do?