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Do You Swipe Office Supplies?

An article on CNN [3] estimates that $52 billion in office supplies are taken from employers each year. In the 18-24 age category, 20% felt that taking office supplies wasn’t wrong and 25% actually took supplies home. Comparatively, only 8% of the 65 and up group took supplies home.

I’ve taken home office supplies. Shocker… I use pens and I stick them in my pocket, I change my pants and the next thing I know I have like 50 blue Bic pens at home and no real reason. Sometimes I bring a handful into work and stick them in my desk but most of the time I just use them at home. I take notebooks to use in my classes, justified in the fact that my employer reimburses me for those classes so a notebook doesn’t really matter. In fact, I take so many notes I’ve used same two notebooks in like 10 classes. Do I take tape? I do have a dispenser at home (little plastic ones where you can’t replace the tape after it’s used up) but I don’t have anything else.

Do I care if someone takes office supplies? No. Do I think it’s wrong? If you take a couple pens, some notebooks, some post-it notes, I don’t think it’s a big deal. If you take an LCD monitor… yeah that’s stealing.

How about you?