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(USA Today)   Seven small objects that everyone steals every day. Yeah, sure you don't, Mr. Perfect   (usatoday.com) divider line 166
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2014-08-16 02:39:47 PM  
when in doubt, ask
 
2014-08-16 03:07:59 PM  
I guess I'm not everyone.
 
2014-08-16 03:57:42 PM  
Article stole thirty seconds of my life.
 
2014-08-16 03:58:10 PM  
Nope. Not a one. I guess I'm perfect.
 
2014-08-16 03:58:37 PM  
Hey! Sometimes I go days without stealing them.
 
2014-08-16 03:59:40 PM  
I read once where certain businesses tend to put out things they expect to be stolen. Some use them for advertising

Hotels and motels used to scatter cheap ashtrays about, complete with the company logo and address on them. They knew that many a customer would take the little glass things as mementoes and show their friends, who just might decide to book a room.

The same with those little soaps and shampoo tubes. Often, those have logos printed on them.

High end jewelry stores used to put 'eye catchers' on their counter tops, meaning things that looked impressive, usually shiny, seemed expensive but were actually cheap. Like brass business card cases. They figured shoplifters would steal them while ignoring the actual costly items.

Pens with logos are usually ordered by the case, the same with pencils, all designed to be stolen and become free advertising. Mostly, they're cheap things. Drug companies provide Dr's offices with a bunch of logo pens, usually designed to be eye catching and unique. They know that patients leaving will probably steal one and the name of their company or drug will get out quickly to the public.

However, that doesn't explain why Drs offices are filled with magazines about golf, sailing, sports fishing, the local high end sections of the city, home interior design and things like Woman's Day.

However, the article is correct. Either deliberately or accidentally, folks tend to steal a lot of stuff. Especially if you work in an office where the company has a supply room full of boxes of good pens, boxes of transparent tape and hundreds of reams of copy paper.

I worked in a mental health clinic and found employees stealing spare light bulbs, copy paper and rolls of toilet paper. Some lifted stacks of paper towels used in the public restrooms.

When an aircraft factory was built here, within two years you could tell who worked there by the propeller nose cones lining their drive ways, home built utility trailers made from big sheets of aircraft aluminum, tool boxes held bundles of precision drill bits and every 4x4 sported a row of landing lights across the top.

Of course, 10 years later the company was making massive layoffs because of finances.
 
2014-08-16 04:00:02 PM  
Nope.
 
2014-08-16 04:01:33 PM  
Sorry, article, you can't steal "time" or a parking space from someone who has no property right to that space. But nice try.
 
2014-08-16 04:01:36 PM  
I've never done any of those. Years ago I worked at a place that had one of those spiral type snack vending machines. One boring night, just to see if I could, I rocked it back and forth until a pack of Mike and Ikes dropped out. Then I felt guilty, thinking about how some kid might come along and put his money in and have the dispenser spiral forward and have nothing drop out. So I put money in the machine, and hit that key combination to make sure that wouldn't happen.
 
2014-08-16 04:02:05 PM  
i was thinking paperclips, rubber bands, tissues...
 
2014-08-16 04:02:07 PM  
Yeah, not so much. Sounds like a sociopath wrote that article.
 
2014-08-16 04:05:02 PM  

Rik01: I read once where certain businesses tend to put out things they expect to be stolen. Some use them for advertising

The same with those little soaps and shampoo tubes. Often, those have logos printed on them.

Pens with logos are usually ordered by the case, the same with pencils, all designed to be stolen and become free advertising. Mostly, they're cheap things. Drug companies provide Dr's offices with a bunch of logo pens, usually designed to be eye catching and unique. They know that patients leaving will probably steal one and the name of their company or drug will get out quickly to the public.


My credit union puts big cups full of plastic Bic Clic pens with their printed logo at all the teller stations. Every time I go in, a pen comes home with me. They're usually the only working pens in the house.

I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they actually intend to have them stolen.
 
2014-08-16 04:05:25 PM  
"that does't count"

SOMEONE STOLE AN "N"
 
2014-08-16 04:05:37 PM  

Repo Man: I've never done any of those. Years ago I worked at a place that had one of those spiral type snack vending machines. One boring night, just to see if I could, I rocked it back and forth until a pack of Mike and Ikes dropped out. Then I felt guilty, thinking about how some kid might come along and put his money in and have the dispenser spiral forward and have nothing drop out. So I put money in the machine, and hit that key combination to make sure that wouldn't happen.


Curious and honest. I like you.
 
2014-08-16 04:05:39 PM  
Next time you stay in a hotel, take the bible. Seriously, you're supposed to.
 
2014-08-16 04:05:40 PM  
For me it is only pens and that is by accident.  While walking about the office I often have a pen my hand.  When I realize that I put it in a pocket to free up my hand.  The next thing you know I am home and find a pen in my pocket.  Hotel amenities?  Who the hell wants a tiny bottle of skin conditioner?  Also I believe hotels expect you to take all of that stuff and do not care.
 
2014-08-16 04:09:13 PM  
Soaps from hotels and things like that are in the price of the room. Sure I take them. I paid for them!

(Wouldn't take towels or things like that)

If I take more napkins than I use I will keep them. Figure they'd rather that than me stuff them back after I've handled them.

I wouldn't want napkins someone else who is potentially sick has handled!
 
2014-08-16 04:09:57 PM  
"Stolen From the Sandbar" ashtrays. I used to get one every time I went. I asked for some after the Smoking Ban went into effect but they had 'disappeared'. Oh, $18.50 on Ebay?
Back when you could Smoke in Bars, I'd buy pink lighters. No one steals pink lighters.
 
2014-08-16 04:10:40 PM  

pdieten: Rik01: I read once where certain businesses tend to put out things they expect to be stolen. Some use them for advertising

The same with those little soaps and shampoo tubes. Often, those have logos printed on them.

Pens with logos are usually ordered by the case, the same with pencils, all designed to be stolen and become free advertising. Mostly, they're cheap things. Drug companies provide Dr's offices with a bunch of logo pens, usually designed to be eye catching and unique. They know that patients leaving will probably steal one and the name of their company or drug will get out quickly to the public.

My credit union puts big cups full of plastic Bic Clic pens with their printed logo at all the teller stations. Every time I go in, a pen comes home with me. They're usually the only working pens in the house.

I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they actually intend to have them stolen.


If the intention is that customers will take them it's not stealing
 
2014-08-16 04:11:58 PM  

Panty Sniffer: For me it is only pens and that is by accident.  While walking about the office I often have a pen my hand.  When I realize that I put it in a pocket to free up my hand.  The next thing you know I am home and find a pen in my pocket.  Hotel amenities?  Who the hell wants a tiny bottle of skin conditioner?  Also I believe hotels expect you to take all of that stuff and do not care.

figure that loss into the cost you pay.

FTFY
 
2014-08-16 04:14:51 PM  
aspiringaviator.blog.com
Can I borrow your pen?
Me? Sorry, I don't have one.
I can see one in your pocket.
Ohhh no, this doesn't leave me.
 
2014-08-16 04:14:57 PM  
 
2014-08-16 04:15:24 PM  
With hotel amenities, they fully expect you to take home the shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions. They don't reuse them. They can't. It's only stealing if you're dumb enough to take linens.
 
2014-08-16 04:15:33 PM  
If something's offered for free, does it really count as stealing when you take some?
 
2014-08-16 04:15:45 PM  
You may be thinking, "I've never cut in line." But think about those times when you're in a long line at the store and a new register opens up. When the cashier says, "I can take someone at this register," have you ever rushed to get to that empty register before the person who should theoretically be next in line?

Stores that do this correctly have ONE line form.  Then the next person in the line gets the next available service person.  Like the line at a bank.
At stores that do this wrong, like Wal-Mart, it's not "stealing" to go to a new server that opens up.  It's a free-for-all and you just chose poorly or got unlucky in the chaos.
 
2014-08-16 04:16:51 PM  
Oh, and unless that parking spot has your name on it, nobody "stole" it, they just pulled in first. You'll get over it.
 
2014-08-16 04:17:12 PM  
"Sugar and condiments are not the only foods we steal from food establishments. Ever taste something from your pay-by-weight container at the store or deli before it's weighed? Caught you!"

In an unbelievably stupid article, this is probably the stupidest thing. Have you ever gotten to your table and found the food was terrible? Tried to return it? If you call this "stealing" (even given the article's ridiculous definition of stealing that ignores intent) you may as well say that if you ask to taste an ice-cream flavor then don't end up buying it that you've stolen from them. Fold the value of the little pink spoon in there too. Napkins, sugar packets, free samples, branded pens etc. . . those called "operating costs". If you can't afford to cover them then you can't afford to run your business. Oops, and now you're stealing from your bank, your investors, your lessor for folding. What about the air that I exhale. If someone breathes it are they stealing from me? How did they know I was done with it!
 
2014-08-16 04:17:45 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Sorry, article, you can't steal "time" or a parking space from someone who has no property right to that space. But nice try.


Oh look it's that guy.

Maybe a pen by accident but all of the others. Nope.
 
2014-08-16 04:20:12 PM  
Pens:  If you work in an office, I consider cheap Bic pens to be general office property.  You can take your co-workers cheap office-supplied pen and it's not stealing.  If they have a nice pen that obviously didn't come out of the office supply pen, that's theirs.  Don't take it.

Spot in line:  Nope - and if a new register opens up, abandoning the line you're in is no more stealing a spot in the new line as it is stealing that spot if you walk more quickly to the row of cash registers.

Hotel Amenities:  Okay, one in my life I stole a hotel towel.  I knew it was wrong, but that was a long time ago.  I have never done it again.

Parking Spots:  No.  Most parking lots (that I use anyway) have one-way aisles so it's not really possible.  It would only be "stealing" if you saw a car waiting for someone to pull out and came in from the other direction.  Someone did that to me once, but I have never done it to anyone.

Books:  I did steal a text book from another student in college.  What's a magazine?  I always get those confused with clips.

Lighters:  Never intentionally, but I'm sure I have.  Smokers inadvertently swap lighters all the time.  It's not stealing.  It's sharing.  (Protip:  If you smoke, always carry a spare).

Restaurant items:  Oh, who the hell cares?  Of course I do that.  I'll even steal salt shakers if I'm out.  I don't feel too guilty about this.

The most recent item I've stolen was a loaf of bread.  I can explain.  I hate going to the grocery store when it's crowded, but I needed to on a Saturday afternoon and the place was farking packed.  I even had to wait for a self-checkout spot to open up and all I want to do is get the fark out of the and go home and drink some beer.  My cart was full, so I stuffed the bread on the lower part and completely forgot about it until I was out the door and almost to my car.  I would have gone back and paid for it, but fark it.  It's like Grand Central Station in there right now.  Maybe next time I'm there, I'll explain it and make good.  I never did.  I got away with it - the perfect crime.

That's actual theft.  Theoretically they could have gotten the police involved.  I wonder if they would have taken me to jail for stealing less than $3 worth of merchandise especially when I had just spent about $60 on other shiat.
 
2014-08-16 04:21:07 PM  

Betep: "Stolen From the Sandbar" ashtrays. I used to get one every time I went. I asked for some after the Smoking Ban went into effect but they had 'disappeared'. Oh, $18.50 on Ebay?
Back when you could Smoke in Bars, I'd buy pink lighters. No one steals pink lighters.


The best ashtrays are long gone anyway.  They had the name of the local business, ideally something playful like "The Romper Room" or some corny play on words, maybe some simplistic artwork, the address and the telephone number (BElmont 5-6214).  Used to be able to find them in thrift shops, but the hipsters ruined that by paying $18.50 for them....
 
2014-08-16 04:22:46 PM  
SMH over the parking business. If I go to a crowded parking lot, I immediately head for the back forty. Waaay out back. The exercise will not hurt me a bit, and I don't need the stress over trying to find a spot that's close to the entrance.
 
2014-08-16 04:24:15 PM  
A magazine in my doctors waiting room? Sweet 'N Low at a convo where I'm already buying some coffee? Hell, yeah. No guilt here. And the hotels WANT you to take that shiat. I believe there was a Fark link in the Business tab a week or so ago on that very issue.
 
2014-08-16 04:26:28 PM  
I recently got out of Wal Mart, and when I got to my truck, I realized that I had gotten out of the store without paying for a pack of BBs (for a pellet gun). This was annoying, because now I had to go back in the store and pay for them, when I thought I was ready to go home.
 
2014-08-16 04:26:53 PM  

kqc7011: Hotels want you to take the soaps and lotions, it's a marketing thing.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtouryalai/2014/08/06/hotel-science- ho w-marriott-starwood-hotels-choose-your-room-amenities/


But still, it's more fun to splooge the remaining lotion/conditioner against the shower wall about waist-height and leave it there....
 
2014-08-16 04:27:40 PM  
I thought that if you didn't take the little soaps and shampoos from the hotels, they had to throw them out anyways?

Like, how do they know that you didn't put the bar of soap up your ass and replace all the shampoo with jizz?
 
2014-08-16 04:28:54 PM  
You may be thinking, "I've never cut in line." But think about those times when you're in a long line at the store and a new register opens up. When the cashier says, "I can take someone at this register," have you ever rushed to get to that empty register before the person who should theoretically be next in line?

No. And people who do that are assholes.
 
2014-08-16 04:29:26 PM  

Garbonzo42: I thought that if you didn't take the little soaps and shampoos from the hotels, they had to throw them out anyways?

Like, how do they know that you didn't put the bar of soap up your ass and replace all the shampoo with jizz?


I usually leave a little note. . .
 
2014-08-16 04:29:26 PM  

Cockpuncher to the Stars: "Sugar and condiments are not the only foods we steal from food establishments. Ever taste something from your pay-by-weight container at the store or deli before it's weighed? Caught you!"

In an unbelievably stupid article, this is probably the stupidest thing. Have you ever gotten to your table and found the food was terrible? Tried to return it? If you call this "stealing" (even given the article's ridiculous definition of stealing that ignores intent) you may as well say that if you ask to taste an ice-cream flavor then don't end up buying it that you've stolen from them. Fold the value of the little pink spoon in there too. Napkins, sugar packets, free samples, branded pens etc. . . those called "operating costs". If you can't afford to cover them then you can't afford to run your business. Oops, and now you're stealing from your bank, your investors, your lessor for folding. What about the air that I exhale. If someone breathes it are they stealing from me? How did they know I was done with it!


No, you're the one who has stolen the oxygen from the air they are now breathing.
 
2014-08-16 04:30:40 PM  
My mother still has that Depression-era take everything that isn't nailed down mentality.

The woman never met a condiment she wouldn't pilfer.  The upside is that I can ask her for some ridiculous combination of things and she can invariably produce it from her purse after a few minutes of rifling around.

Mumsy, would you happen to have a wetnap; a saltine; a cocktail swizzle stick and umbrella, an herbal, mint, and regular tea; a packet of packet of maple syrup; some conditioner; an individual drip coffee circle that only fits those weird tiny two cup coffee machines in cheap motels; and some boysenberry jam?

"Hmmm, I think so... "
 
2014-08-16 04:31:06 PM  
There is a worldwide lighter circulation. We all just add a new one to the rotation now and then.
 
2014-08-16 04:31:33 PM  
Guitar picks.

I have 30 or so....never bought one....why no I am not a klepto.....
 
2014-08-16 04:31:41 PM  
Not too much those things, but I'm deadly around unguarded mail boxes.
 
2014-08-16 04:32:13 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: With hotel amenities, they fully expect you to take home the shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions. They don't reuse them. They can't. It's only stealing if you're dumb enough to take linens.


How does taking hotel towels inversely correlate with intelligence? Most of the people I know whose closets are full of hotel towels are actually pretty smart people: surgeons, engineers, etc.
 
2014-08-16 04:32:18 PM  
At my last work place you learned quickly not to leave certain items in your cubicle where they were visible. Not even when you were making a quick trip to the bathroom or taking a smoke break. And especially if they were half-way decent pens or mechanical pencils.

www.pentel.co.uk

One of the newer employees had two of these stolen from his cubicle during his first week on the job.
On the other hand it was rare that anyone stole the cheap-ass pens & pencils that the office purchased from Staples.
 
2014-08-16 04:35:30 PM  

Sgygus: Article stole thirty seconds of my life.


Stupid article is stupid. "Stealing a parking spot"? Hadn't realized anyone owned those.

/well, I supposed someone does own them occasionally, but in that respect that are darned hard to steal

Super Chronic: You may be thinking, "I've never cut in line." But think about those times when you're in a long line at the store and a new register opens up. When the cashier says, "I can take someone at this register," have you ever rushed to get to that empty register before the person who should theoretically be next in line?

No. And people who do that are assholes.


Although unstated as such, the announcement is meant to be "I can help the next customer". But people, by and large, are stupid and selfish.

Garbonzo42: I thought that if you didn't take the little soaps and shampoos from the hotels, they had to throw them out anyways?

Like, how do they know that you didn't put the bar of soap up your ass and replace all the shampoo with jizz?


Pretty sure the last few hotels I stayed at the shampoos etc had paper label tape sealing them; if the seal is unbroken they know you haven't jizzed into it.
 
2014-08-16 04:37:50 PM  

pdieten: Rik01: I read once where certain businesses tend to put out things they expect to be stolen. Some use them for advertising

The same with those little soaps and shampoo tubes. Often, those have logos printed on them.

Pens with logos are usually ordered by the case, the same with pencils, all designed to be stolen and become free advertising. Mostly, they're cheap things. Drug companies provide Dr's offices with a bunch of logo pens, usually designed to be eye catching and unique. They know that patients leaving will probably steal one and the name of their company or drug will get out quickly to the public.

My credit union puts big cups full of plastic Bic Clic pens with their printed logo at all the teller stations. Every time I go in, a pen comes home with me. They're usually the only working pens in the house.

I'm not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they actually intend to have them stolen.


I haven't counted, but I estimate there are at least a dozen, but probably more, ball point pens in my household, all from my credit union. And in three different designs too.
 
2014-08-16 04:40:13 PM  

mynameist: The My Little Pony Killer: With hotel amenities, they fully expect you to take home the shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions. They don't reuse them. They can't. It's only stealing if you're dumb enough to take linens.

How does taking hotel towels inversely correlate with intelligence? Most of the people I know whose closets are full of hotel towels are actually pretty smart people: surgeons, engineers, etc.


Relax Frances.

It's okay to find out the people you look up to really aren't that great anyway.
 
2014-08-16 04:41:31 PM  
You're only supposed to take one lollipop out of the basket at the counter at the bank.
But I took two, green and blue.
 
2014-08-16 04:43:01 PM  
The only thing i ever take (and its not even stealing) is the hotel pens and pads, since those i actually can use.
 
2014-08-16 04:43:33 PM  
Just about every hotel I have heard of has some sort of missing linen policy where you are free to take what you want and then they will charge you for what is missing.
Maybe it's because I always had diamond rewards status when I traveled a lot, but I barely remember getting charged for anything other than puking all over a bed once. Even that was just $50. It would have cost me $1500 had I done it at home.
 
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