How would you deal with a crisp thief?

@liquorice (3901)
October 6, 2008 6:12pm CST
Today when I dropped my daughter at preschool I left her bag on her peg, containing some nappies (diapers) and some other changing things, as well as an apple and a bag of crisps (chips) for her to eat on the walk home. I actually forgot about the crisps until we were back home and I opened the bag and saw that they were gone! Now, she couldn't have eaten them at preschool, as the kids aren't allowed to eat anything there (besides what they are given at snack time). I asked my daughter if anybody opened her bag but she said no, and her nappy hadn't been changed, so there was no reason for anyone to go into her bag. So I don't know what happened to them. Maybe one of the other kids opened the bag and took them, but they would've had to stash them somewhere or get caught with them! And I find it hard to believe that any of them would do this, or think of doing it. So that only leaves the play leaders; but why would they want to look in her bag if her nappy didn't need changing? Also, I've met them and I really can't see any of them wanting to steal crisps! Well I'm not that bothered about the crisps; we have more, but it's just a bit of a mystery, and I don't like the idea that things can go missing there. My intention is to not do anything this time. I don't really want to mention it in case anyone thinks that I'm accusing anybody, and I don't want to make a big deal out of it. (Plus we're new there, so I don't want to go making waves!) But if anything like this happens again, I'm going to have to say something. What would you do in this situation? Have you been in a similar situation, and what did you do?
3 responses
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I think I would say something to the teacher about it. Is it possible that your daughter "traded" the crisps for something another child had that she wanted? (i.e. a barette or small toy). Just an idea. I would still mention it to the teacher though.
@liquorice (3901)
7 Oct 08
Hmm, I may mention it, just out of curiosity. I think my daughter's too young to know about trading things, and I'm sure somebody would have noticed such a transaction happening in the big, open playroom (I would hope so anyway..) A very interesting theory though. Thanks for your answer.
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
6 Oct 08
What a weird situation. If it were me, I would mention it to the teacher. I would say it isn't a big deal about the crisps, but you were wondering where they could have ended up. Maybe the teacher did find a child with some crisps and didnt' know who they belonged to. I'd say something just to put it out there. That way if anything else comes up missing you have just cause to tell the teacher.
@liquorice (3901)
7 Oct 08
Yes, you make a good point. It did cross my mind that someone may have managed to get them out of the bag and the teacher just took them away because she didn't know whose they were. It sure would be nice to have the mystery solved, (and ease my mind that there's no organised crime ring of two and three year olds operating there... ) Thanks for your answer.
@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Interesting .. I would mention it to the leaders and see the reaction. It might be no big deal but if it was a child then it means that they didn't pay well enough attention to that child which would make me worried about how much attention they were paying to my child.
@liquorice (3901)
7 Oct 08
Yes, I could mention it just out of curiosity, I just can't imagine how anyone would have been able to take them without everybody else seeing, and I'd like to get to the bottom of the mystery! It's a good point you make about them maybe not paying enough attention though, if somebody was able to take them...