Editorial: Stealing in the school cafeteria


Lunch periods are known for their congested hallways, loud cafeterias, and long lunch lines.

Although students have an option to bring lunch from home, many opt to buy food from the school cafeteria.

The small and narrow area reserved for ordering and paying for lunch fills up minutes after the first bell rings during periods 4.1 or 4.2, and this has created a theft issue.

As students are crowded into the tight corners of the cafeteria kitchen without intense surveillance,  incidences of stealing school food have increased.

Since the kitchen staff is occupied with distributing and selling food, many of these thefts go unnoticed.

There seems to be nothing stopping students from picking a muffin off of a rack and putting it in their backpacks. It is not uncommon to see students standing in the lunch line, turn their heads, snatch a yogurt, and hide it under their books.

Other methods of stealing, such as placing merchandise in pockets or backpacks, covering the object with napkins, and distracting the cafeteria workers have permeated the student body.

Some students will simply go out the entrance to avoid cafeteria staff.

The Schreiber Times does not support the actions of these students and urges them to stop.

This year, due to the closing of the atrium to students eating lunch, the cafeteria has grown increasingly overcrowded.

The discord associated with students claiming tables and cutting lunch lines makes it difficult for staff members to maintain order in the cafeteria.

As a result, the majority of the staff members concentrate on preserving order within the cafeteria itself.  Thus, student actions are not monitored in the cafeteria kitchen.

The Schreiber Times believes that additional space should be designated for students to eat lunch in order to minimize the chaos in the cafeteria and allow Schreiber staff to focus on preventing student stealing.

Additionally, The Schreiber Times urges staff members and school officials to intensify their methods of surveillance in order to correct this problem.