Are you a "pen keeper"?
When you visit doctor offices or any place where you have to fill out paperwork, do you keep the pen the receptionist gave to you? Or do you return it with the paperwork?
As an artist, I'm incredibly particular about pens. I loathe cheap ballpoint pens! There's not a single ballpoint pen in my house, so for the most part, it wouldn't occur to me to take a pen. Unless they hand me a black Uniball fine point, they can keep their pens!
I carry a pen with me so I don't need to keep theirs. Too often did I find myself without a writing utensil, so now I just carry one everywhere. (They're all super cheap so it doesn't matter if I lose one.)
I keep EVERYONE's pen! Everyone! If you have a pen, don't let me use it! It doesn't matter if it is cheap, ugly, writes horribly, doesn't matter! If a pen comes to my hands it becomes mine. Most of the time I don't even realize I kept it until I find it in my purse. The good thing is, my children always steal my pens, so I always have back ups hidden at the bottom of my purse.
Many times at the end of the day, I find that I have more pens than when I started the day. I don't know how they get there. Maybe they multiply! I am making a concerted effort to make sure that I return any pens that I borrow. I think it is stealing unless they say you can have it. I've seen many cashiers hunting for pens since theirs were taken.
Actually, I ask what they have they wouldn't mind me taking home. I worked in Doctors Offices, just cleaning but they always gave us pens, gadgets act. They had so much.
I keep one pen in my pants pocket (for places where there are no pens), one on my desk, and one in the kitchen.
I usually am quite good at returning them. Almost all of the time.
I usually carry a pen or two that I like, like an inexpensive gel pen, but if I use one at a professional office, I always try to hand it back. As one person said, I don't like cheap or worn pens either. However, if there is a large container of pens with the office name on them, I may ask if they are for public distribution. If their answer is affirmative, I take one.
If I borrow a pen to fill out paperwork or the rare time I need to write out a check, I always give the pen back to the person who let me use it. Usually the only time I find myself keeping a pen is at work, but only if it's the generic pens the company buys by the box full. Since I usually have one of those anonymous looking pens, when I borrow one it's easy to think it was mine and I tuck it in my pocket. However, I do return it when I figure out I then have two pens in my pocket.
I'm a nurse - you never give us a pen. We're so used to using a pen at work then putting it back in our pocket that we do it with any pen!
I have quite a number at home - mostly ones I had on me from work, that I didn't remember to put in the pocket of my next days uniform to take back!
So, yes, I am!
Hahaha - my Mother was a nurse and she brought home pens all the time. She said "A nurse never has enough pockets or pens."
Your mother sounds like a wise woman - it's true, never enough pockets, or pens
I always give the pen back! I used to work in a position where I would give people a pen to use for a form and I hated the pen keepers!
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