a woman I worked with a year or two ago spent most of the time we worked together telling people I stole her job and that's the reason an entire department stonewalls me.
Reading this, I think I'm more annoyed by the reaction of the department than the person. There will always be that one person, but if someone told me someone else stole their job, I'd be more judgmental of that person. Stole how? Objectively better at the role? More able to perform subjective aspects of it? Just a better fit? The more sinister reasons (nepotism, discrimination) wouldn't use the phrase "stole."
So it's disappointing any group of people bought into that.