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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Oct 6, 2007.
Have you ever taken something from work without asking--basically stealing the items?
At a previous job, I took a cardboard box to bring home my personal belongings when I quit. I guess it did belong to the company, but I wouldn't consider that stealing.
Partly it depends upon your definition of stole. Have I left a pen in my shirt pocket when I go home? Yes I have. Have I intentionally left a pen in my shirt pocket and taken it home because I was out of pens at home. No I haven't.
Do I return the pen that I acciently take home. Usually it goes back in my shirt pocket when I go to work the next day. I can't say I have never missed one however.
Personal phone calls, or unapproved breaks. Again how do you define it? I work on salary and am paid for 40 hours per week. I work a min. of 45 hours per week and usually closer to 50. So am I stealing time if I make a phone call on company time, when the company isn't paying me for the time anyway?
I checked unauthorized breaks. It is because the job ityself was very stressful, and I occasionally needed to take an emergency five minute break at times to regain composure, not an easy thing for me to do even under the best circumstances.
If part of your job is to sort and destroy proprietary documents, and sometimes employees toss in with those documents their own magazines or newspapers, and sometimes company pens, visors, blank stationary, and such, and if you take some of these things home which would be discarded anyway... is that considered stealing? [3 guesses why I ask]
I would say yes, unless you ask your superviser and he says otherwise. The same thing went on where I used to work. If I saw something I could use, I would ask my boss if I could have it. It just saves the trouble of worrying about stealing, and I think he appreciated that at least I asked first.
All those are white collar things.
But when I was in college, I worked at the world's first Burger King, in Colorado Springs. Ninety cents an hour and no tips allowed. One meal a day if your shift was four hours or longer.
But those pies in back looked SO good and a couple of times I sneaked a piece. I was skinny then....LOL
Very poor willpower around apple pies....
I don't consider forgetfully walking out the door with a pen in your pocket stealing. I would consider stealing a conscious, deliberate act.
I've accidentally walked out with a pen in my pocket but I always make sure to bring the pen back the next day.