Like a thief in the office: stealing stationery and supplies
In a survey of 2000 employees conducted several years ago by Kelly Services, one in four Australians admitted taking home and keeping minor stuff that belonged to their employer. It’s not as chronic as other parts of the world, such as the United States, where three in four people honestly declare their dishonesty. Apparently, the worst offenders are men with tertiary qualifications.
In a poll released last year by an office design firm in the UK, respondents said pens are the most common item they steal, followed by paper, postage stamps, mugs, toilet paper seriously, and staplers. Other workers had stolen pot plants, filing cabinets, desks, chairs, and even – somehow – floor tiles.
Earlier this year, a 69-year-old man in Germany was arrested because he had nicked truckloads of office supplies from a range of workplaces – 25,000 kilograms’ worth, actually – much of which he kept stored in his basement and attic.
It seems many employers are cracking down on it. I recall first joining the corporate workforce 15 years ago and marveling at the fully stocked stationery cupboard open and available for any employee to use. These days, every workplace I visit has the cupboard locked, with the keys restricted to the reliable hands of only a couple of people.
The other question to ponder is this: what precisely constitutes stealing? Some would say a pen, worth only a few cents, is no big deal – but stealing a box of them is a crime. Likewise, a thin pad of post-it notes might be OK, but a thick wad is probably wrong. Is stealing ‘stealing’ no matter the quantity?
Strange Random Stealing Quote:
“The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.” ― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
- Tea Gardens Thief (theinsightlopedia.wordpress.com)
- Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery (thelocal.de)
- Thief takes, returns same car twice (upi.com)
- Thief steals US flag from man in chicken suit (sfgate.com)
- Thief fails to dress for the occasion (nzherald.co.nz)
- Police In Manalapan Hunt For Car Thief With Strange MO (newyork.cbslocal.com)
Posted on June 26, 2012, in Article and tagged Business and Economy, Employment, Germany, Kelly Services, Office Products, Office supplies, Police, Shopping, Terry Pratchett, Theft, United States. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.