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 carry pens in my purse, but sometimes one feels so right in my grip that I keep it. My doctor's receptionist last week said, "oh, that's okay. We just keep refilling the holder because we put the pens there for our patients."
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.
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.
Sheila, when I worked in an accounting office I was the one to keep control of supplies inventory. I had to order generic pens, at least two boxes a week. Those pens disappeared fast ! It is good to make the effort to return pens. Thanks.
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!
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