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Old 09-28-2019, 02:12 PM
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Man, I stole everything that wasn't nailed down!! It all went home with me.

Actually -- we were self employed, so yeah, all our stuff came home with us every day, anyway. And we bought it all. But I can't tell you how many times stuff disappeared from the buildings we cleaned. We bought, and expensed out to one building at least four power washers (so they were the building's, not ours), and each one disappeared. And we had to get approval for each one, and they wanted expensive ones. After the last one walked away, they decided it was cheaper to hire powerwashering companies than buy a 600 dollar one that isn't there the next time they wanted it.

I'd bet this isn't as uncommon as people would think. I worked at a bank, and they closed my branch, and my manager told us if we wanted anything like the typewriters or calculators or office supplies to take them. I loved that calculator and I took it. Upper management was fine with it, because all our stuff had been phased out, and was going to be sent off to be sold or destroyed.

Technically not stealing, but still -- we both walked away with stuff.
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:19 PM
Location: Eureka CA
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No way.
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Old 09-28-2019, 04:10 PM
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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No, although I do have a couple of old Blackberries in a drawer that I probably should have turned in. By the time I left, we had iPhones, which I DID turn in, along with the building access card.
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:45 PM
Location: North State (California)
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No, I am trying to downsize not collect useless junk.
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:05 PM
Location: Northern California
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Never really stole anything. When they moved us around, which was often, we packed up our junk on a Friday afternoon.

The boxes didnt always make it back to the new location, so I wound up with boxes of supplies and misc. stuff in my garage!
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:20 PM
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No. We nurses had to supply out own stethoscope, bandage scissors, & click pens, but stealing wouldn't have occurred to me. Besides, who wants 10 yo aspirin.
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:23 PM
Location: North Alabama
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:49 PM
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Originally Posted by old fed View Post
no, not even pens. i hated the pens the facility purchased. i bought my own but i did take those home.
I have always purchased my own pens because I hate the office cheap ones.

Uni-Ball Impact 207 This is what I have used for decades and the problem is they keep missing out of my office because everyone else likes em too. Even the owner of the company likes em better than the cheap ones.

I let everyone knows if they want one they are free to take a couple because I really don't care about a $2.50 pen.

Food in the kitchen? The rule is if I see something I want I WILL take it without asking... everyone knows this very well but I always return it two fold. If I see a bag of Stacy's Cinnamon Chips I will take them without asking but what I always do is replace what I do take two fold. If I see your bag of chips I will take it if I want it but when you come in the next day you will find at least two bags.

Everyone knows whatever I bring in please feel free to take and enjoy it if you want. If you want it I really want you to have it.

Where I work coffee, bottled water, chips and soda drinks are all company provided. We do not want you to go hungry or be dehydrated. Oh, and not having coffee in the morning is communistic.
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Old Yesterday, 12:53 AM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I would never expect to read any truly honest posts to the OP's Question! That's a no-brainer!
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Old Yesterday, 03:16 AM
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I never really "kept score", but I'm sure I brought way more stuff in than I ever brought home (I brought in about fifty pounds of copper fittings once, my uncle was a pipefitter and after he passed, my Aunt gave them to me, and my house is all galvanized). So, just that way more than equaled the occasional pen or wiper I brought home inadvertently and just kept. My first Manager (who was in charge of plant security) had an opinion that "If someone will steal a box of pencils, they'll steal a computer". So I always made sure that I never took advantage, and am glad now that I didn't, a clear conscience is a valuable thing.
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