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!
by ngureco 6 years ago
Why Should You Use A Fountain Pen When You Can Use Ballpoint Pen?
by lady rain 11 years ago
Do you publish in the morning, afternoon, evening, night or anytime ? Does publishing a hub at a specific time have any effect on the traffic or no difference at all?
by Life Under Construction 10 years ago
Ballpoint pen or Pencil?If you are to write or draw something on a piece of paper, like a story or an article, do you prefer using a ballpoint pen or a pencil? Why? (This is something like a trivia on how to know a person)
by Susan Zutautas 10 years ago
Pen name or real name?When replying to a comment and you know the authors real name do you use their real name or their pen name? Authors: Would you prefer people to use your real name when they know it or would you prefer them to use your pen name?
by ngureco 10 years ago
How different is a space pen from other pens?Why can’t astronauts use a pencil in space instead of space pen?
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|