An Italian woman has described how a bitter workplace rivalry resulted in a colleague getting his cappuccino in the morning with a sedative when job cuts threatened.
Alice Bordon, the target of the plot, told the newspaper La Stampa that she had always trusted her colleague and was still disbelieving that she had tried to “eliminate” her by throwing a sedative into her coffee so she could feel sleepy and underperform at work.
Her colleague, Mariangela Cerrato, was sentenced this week to four years in prison. The court heard she had wanted to discredit Bordon in the company̵
The coffee plot dates back to October 6, 2017. As always, Cerrato bought his colleagues a round of coffee from the bar near their office in Bra, a city in Piedmont.
“Normally I just drank it, but that day I drank it all in one gulp,” Bordon said. Shortly after, she lost her balance as she walked toward her desk. “Everything was black, I felt like I was floating.”
Bordon was taken to hospital, where she was tested for suspected stroke. She had the same reaction after drinking several more cappuccinos bought by Cerrato and on one occasion she crashed her car into a wall.
It was not until Christmas of that year that Bordon became suspicious. “She had taken a few days off, and during that time I was fine,” Bordon said. “I thought there could be a connection between the coffee and it [health] crises. A neurologist advised me not to drink it for a month and that was what I did. ”
A few months later, she accepted another cappuccino from Cerrato, but drank only half of it.
“I put the other half in a test tube and tests revealed that it contained 10 times the amount of sedative normally recommended,” she said.
Cerrato was then recaptured. “With the police involved, we managed to stop her as she put the medicine in my cup.”