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The Unspoken Theft Crimes at Work

Updated on May 20, 2014
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Things Are Missing at Work

I want to talk to you about incidents of theft at my job. This is very difficult for me since many of my co-workers feel I am being "irrational" or "ridiculous," but I refuse to be silenced. I have noticed many incidents of thefts throughout my office on a regular basis and I need to speak up now.

I pretty much began to notice the thefts right off the bat at my current job. As a matter of fact, I had noticed very similar incidents at other jobs in the past. Whenever I mention these matters to co-workers, I get a look. I am sure they are just paranoid because obviously they know something I do not know. It takes courage to stand up against a crime ring, and perhaps others did not have the nerve to speak up. I must step forward now for every office worker!

Prized Possessions


What Happens to My Can?

Each afternoon, I leave work feeling pretty comfortable. I take note of everything in my area and I feel good about what I leave behind. When I come in the next morning, I am shocked each day to find items missing.

I often throw items into the plastic can beside my desk each day at work. It holds wonderful items that hold special value to me: banana peels, Snickers wrappers, broken rubberbands, etc. Imagine my dismay to come in each day to find that each of those items are missing!

Where are my special treasured items? Certainly the smell that was once in the can no longer exists, but what about my own personal property? I peeled that banana myself! I bought that Snickers bar from Walmart with my own money! Where are these things? Perhaps I was just using the plastic can as storage.

Why Does My Desk Look Different?

Aside from being quite shaken and disturbed about my missing belongings, I am even more upset over another incident that occurs about once a week. I will come in to the office and find items are moved on my desk! What happens when I leave?

For instance, today I came in to find all of my stress balls had been moved slightly to the left on my desk. As you can imagine, this caused a great deal of stress! I was in desperate need of the stress balls at that time. I took photos so I would have evidence of this incident, and then squeezed away on a stress ball. I was also disturbed to find my keyboard and several other office supplies in disarray.

I was terribly dismayed to find my co-workers were not sympathetic about my issue. They, too, had experienced items moved on their desks, yet they did not care! How dare they giggle behind my back! Did this incident not bother them at all?

My Collection is Ruined

Perhaps the most devastating aspect of the incident I will now refer to as "The Great Stress Ball Disaster of 2013," is the fact that I was now missing something very personal and dear to me.

About a week before The Great Stress Ball Disaster of 2013, I decided to begin a new fun collection to keep myself entertained at work. I was so excited to start my new dust collection. I made sure to wear different colors each day at work just so I could have a fine assortment of colorful dust. I was really excited to see my collection each day; I felt it was really boosting the morale of my co-workers as well. Each day they asked me questions about my dust collection with a certain twinkle in their eyes. I am sure they were jealous!

Anyone can imagine how completely heartbroken I felt when I came in to find my dust collection had also been removed from my desk. How could anyone be so cruel? I suspect it went wherever the items in my can had been taken. I was crushed!

I believe some of my co-workers were jealous of my dust collection, but I had no idea anyone would resort to taking it. It was almost as if the whole collection were just wiped away! I weeped openly into a tissue. I felt better when the tissue emitted many dust particles and I was able to begin my collection all over again.

The Verdict is In!

Now that I've finally shared my experience with you, I hope you can relate to me. I just want my story to help others. Office theft is an unspoken event that occurs on a regular basis in many offices. I am sure many of you feel my pain, yet you suffer in silence. Let's suffer in silence no longer! We must step forward to put an end to these terrible crimes.

Copyright ©2013 Jeannieinabottle

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Hilarious! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    drbj - I suppose I really would get some time away from it all if I reported these missing items. Hehe... sometimes a padded cell does not seem like such a bad idea though. :-)

    KathyH - Hahaha... no, I will be OK without those items. All of this started because I have a co-worker that flips out if just one item on his desk is moved an inch or if his chair is moved slightly. We've tried to explain to him that the magic cleaning fairy does not waive her wand and POOF! no more dust and dirt. He still doesn't get it.

    macteacher - I am honestly still working on those ideas too. Let me know if you come up with anything. ;-)

    Thank you for your comments!

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    Wendy Golden 5 years ago from New York

    I never thought much about the used banana peels and used paper cups, but now I'm sorry I didn't give it more thought. They could be used for a whole host of things. Off the top of my head I can't think of anything - but it will come to me. Thanks for an amusing Hub! :-)

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    KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    I thought you were serious at first! :) I have a funny feeling you won't miss the missing things TOO much! Thanks for sharing the laughs and your great wit! Very funny stuff! :)

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    Maybe you should report these petty thefts, Jeannie, to your local constabulary. Then again, maybe not. They just might take YOU away! Funny drama, m'dear.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    bizna - Thank you for checking out my hub. I am not too terribly worried about the theft at my job; they really only take away the things I don't want. :-)

    Weekend Reader - Oh, this is good to know. I have pink towels in my bathroom that cause quite a dust frenzy, too. Thanks for the advice!

    PaisleeGal - We really don't have too much turn up missing in my office. There is a mystery Coke Zero Thief though. The fridge can be fully stocked when we leave, yet half the cans are missing when we come back. Our cleaning crew sure likes Coke Zero!

    I don't understand why people take things that obviously are not their things to take. I will never understand why someone steals lunches from the fridge, which has happened at quite a few offices where I've worked. This is especially the case if anyone writes a name on it. Thanks for the vote up and the comment!

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    Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

    Funny Hub! I'm actually glad my trash is emptied nightly! I don't put much value on what goes in the can! However, it's upsetting when my nice pens or my banana or apple for the next day go missing. At my work there area about 200 desk and each night the cleaning crew must have a ball deciding what to take for themselves. Once I made the mistake to leave a handfull of change in open view and of course it disappeared too. Recently a co-worker had a special item taken. She left a large note the next day. The following morning the note was crumpled up and left in her chair. She left another note and it was left alone. As yet though her item has not been returned.

    Of course the issue of employees stealing the company's office supplies will probably always be problem. Beats me why anyone feels they have the right to take something they did not pay for. And do they not realize it effects the bottom line and our bonuses.

    Keep up the good writing! voted up!

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    Cindy D Whipany 5 years ago

    Dark red flannel creates really cool dust for your collection.

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    JUDITH OKECH 5 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

    So this happens everywhere. It's human nature, we're all different. Someone somewhere cannot stay at work for a whole day without interfering with other peoples desks or even privacy. It always turns out to be the same culprit. Others keep a good distance thus maintaining a good relationship with co-workers. The question is if the thieves will ever change.