Shop worker ‘ate $12,900 worth of ham’

A GROCERY store employee could be charged with theft for her alleged daily snacking habit.

The unnamed employee worked in Bolivar in the US state of Ohio at the grocery chain Giant Eagle for eight years.

During that time, authorities claim she helped herself to three to five slices of ham every day, totalling $AU12,936 in lost revenue.

They allege she would also sometimes eat salami.

The Associated Press reports that the store's loss prevention manager received a tip that the employee had been eating the meat slices for years.

The woman is facing potential theft charges, however, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Facebook that "felony charges are unlikely."

"While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made. The procedure is to send the report to the Prosecutor's Office and they are the ones to decide.

"While my office does not have the authority to make the final decision in this case, I do feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the prosecutor, felony charges are unlikely," the statement read before adding that no arrests and "no formal filing of charges" had happened yet.

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