An Italian woman described how a bitter rivalry in the workplace resulted in a colleague drying her cappuccino in the morning with a sedative while cutting work.
Said Alice Bordon, the target of the plot the newspaper La Stampa that he always trusted his colleague and still could not believe that he tried to “remove” him by putting a tranquillizer on his coffee so that he could feel drowsy and poor performance at work.
Colleague Mariangela Cerrato, was sentenced this week to four years in prison. The court heard that he wanted to discredit Bordon in the eyes of the company̵7;s bosses.
The coffee plot began on October 6, 2017. As before, Cerrato bought his colleagues a round of coffees from a bar near their office in Bra, a town in Piedmont.
“Usually I just suck it, but that day I drink it all in one gulp,” Bordon said. Moments later, he lost his balance as he walked over to his desk. “Everything was black, I felt like I was floating.”
Bordon was taken to the hospital where he was tested for a suspected stroke. He had the same reaction after drinking a lot of cappuccinos that Cerrato had bought, and at one point his car hit a wall.
Until Christmas that year Bordon was suspicious. “He took a few days off and at that time I was fine,” Bordon said. “I thought there might be a link between coffee and [health] crises A neurologist advised me not to drink it for a month, and that is what I did. ”
A few months later, he received another cappuccino from Cerrato, but only drank half of it.
“I put half in a test tube and it was revealed in tests that it contained 10 times the amount of tranquillizer usually recommended,” he said.
Cerrato was then caught. “With the police involved, we stopped him as he put the medicine in my cup.”