questionsdo you take home pens from work?

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Maybe pens I got at a conference from a vendor... I probably only use a pen like once a week at home, so I don't know why I'd want to take them home.

If you're taking company supplies, then it's stealing.
I wouldn't turn someone in for taking a pen or printing a personal document every now and again.
If you do it all the time, then I'll tattle on you.
If you take anything like computer keyboards/mice and so forth I will tattle for sure.

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I have tons of pens at my house that have randomly appeared throughout the years. I admit some of them have probably came from work in which I forgot I had in my pocket, then just didn't care enough to bring back to the office. Probably happens less than once a year.

If an employee is using company money to buy office supplies with the intentions of taking some home, I'd turn them in. If I randomly saw them take home, even a handful of pens at once, I don't think I'd say anything provided I never saw anything like that before or after. I don't know. It just seems so petty when it's like that. But yet, purchasing extra supplies with the specific intentions of taking them home just seems much more unethical.

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I think everyone has taken a pen or rubber band home without intent. I always try to give them back to who they belong to, but I do forget sometimes. As far as other office supplies, no. I print personal docs and use the internet, but with permission from the Pres of the company. As far as vendor stuff, I almost never take what they give out. I give it to my employees to divy up among themselves. Only if it is specifically addressed to me (not company or department)from a personal friend/co-worker do I keep it.

Add: I would turn in a coworker for stealing an electronic device. Paper and pens, nah.

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I worked for a company that kept extreme measures to control supplies. You had to bring the pencil stub to get a new pencil, the pen that was out of ink for a new one, the cardboard backing for a new pad.

I thought at first that this was ridiculously frugal. Then I found out the reasoning - the savings on the supplies kept two jobs.

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Like most other folks, I've brought things home by accident, but I've also bought many of my own supplies for work. (Public employees don't always get the best selection of office stuff.)

I once had to fire an employee for stealing toilet paper from work. Laugh if you must, but the guy actually filled a huge garbage back with rolls of the stuff and sauntered past his co-workers, laughing about it.

Not quite a BOC, but close enough for a few laughs.

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My goodness it's like we have nothing but the kids who used to be hall monitors and tattlers in here... lol.

You guys REALLY feel bad if you take home a rubberband or pen from work?

That's ridiculous.

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I work from home so technically, yes, I take ALL my office supplies home. Mawuahahaha! Actually, my company is kind of cool about office supplies. Even before I worked from home full time they told us we could take whatever office supplies home we wanted. They'd often ask us to support migrations after office hours and those had to be done from home. That being said, we'd only get new office supplies once a year so its not like we could have abused the privilege.

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I keep office pens in my purses and tote bags, which I throw in to take to outside meetings and never end up taking out. Once in a while one of them migrates into the house. The same thing with steno pads, I throw them in the car to take them to a meeting and they ride around in there and every once in a while one becomes a shopping or packing list pad at home. However, I buy colored pens and markers and cute pads of paper for the office as well, I paid for about half my office supplies out of pocket. I love office supplies, the cleverness and the colors, but I don't have much use for them at home so I take them to work. The supplies I buy for my office are much more expensive than the office property that ends up at my house. I do deliberately take home a row (not a box) of staples about once a year, since one row of staples lasts me a year at home. Seems wasteful to buy a whole box and have it lying around the house forever. I've never had occasion to rat out a co-worker.

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What's funny is that I used to have a job where I was on the road all the time. I collected so many office supplies in the trunk of my car that after 6 years at my latest job, I have still not exhausted my supply of pens, post its, highlighters, etc. from my previous employer.

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Only accidentally. I have my own preferred brands for home use.

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I inadvertently end up with pens in the car or in my bag which I return when I think about it, but I've also purchased supplies when the theatre didn't have what I needed or the year they economized with substandard pencils that always broke which meant we were spending more time sharpening them than writing with them so that had to stop.

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Well, we get stuff all the time from vendors and it's pretty much a free-for-all with that stuff after determining what will be used for the office. Does that count? But we're also only a three person office, so if I occasionally take other supplies when I'm out at home and need something right away, it's perfectly fine so long as I take within reason and let the others know for stock purposes. And I have soooooo many drug brand pens. I have a drawer in my desk just dedicated to pens and pencils of all qualities and types. It fulfills my raccoon instincts for shiny hoardings.

And if I did work in a larger office, I wouldn't turn anyone in unless they were taking a lot and/or expensive things without anyone's knowledge. But stamps, pens, envelopes, paper, etc? Sure, in small quantities, whatever you think you need. I don't know your life and I've no desire to be an office snitch.

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I take a notepad if I need one. Ballpoint pens are garbage, so I never need to take them anymore. All of our stuff is branded, though, so they want you to take it home. Lose it in public. Etc. etc. Free marketing.

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On occasion I use the items that are supplied at work but for the most part I purchase all of my own pens and pencils as I am able to get exactly what I want. On occasion I will use a paper tablet from work that ends up in my bag home but I always bring it back.

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I end up with a work pen or pencil in my pocket at the end of the day probably a couple of times a month. Usually I put it with my badge and take it back the next day. Sometimes I forget and it ends up in the car and/or at home. I don't think much of it. I sometimes bring my own pens or pencils from home to work because I don't like the variety available in the supply room. I figure it all evens out and don't worry about it too much. We're allowed to do personal printing (within reason) at work, so I sometimes print out a couple of pages. I also make personal notes (usually to-do lists) on notepads or scratch paper at work and take them home. We actually have a company policy that says as long as it's incidental use, it's okay.

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I forgot the one thing I do take home from work a lot: binder clips. I have about 50 grantees, each of which submits a monthly report, most of them in a binder clip. There are a couple of other planners with the same thing. We get in 100+ binder clips a month. Practically nothing goes out of our office in binder clips, so we end up with them stuffed in every drawer and cabinet. We keep a big basket of them on the table where grantees drop off their reports with a note saying "take 'em", but they rarely do. As they have a wide variety of home uses, are in huge oversupply and the office did not pay for them, I take a ziploc bag of them home with me from time to time to use for everything from hanging my art at community fairs, hanging Christmas lights and holiday decorations, and closing food bags. I even use the teeny ones to clamp the end of the wire while I am working on a tricksy bit of jewelry.

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Being an accountant, I use pencil about 10x time often than pen. I use mechanical pencils exclusively, and we never have them in our supply room, so I buy my own. That said, occasionally a pen ends up in my pocket, and ends up at home, but not often.

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Nice replies all.

@goldenthorn: Does anyone else think that USPS stamps fall into a different category than pens/paper?

Just to create discussion. :-)

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Just like to point out that some of us have the option of working from home. Make sure you're not reporting someone that is taking home work supplies to use at home for WORK.

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At a quick glance I thought this question was "Do you take home penis from work?"

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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@starblind: That depends on your profession. If a stripper gets money from a guy for a lap dance and takes him home after work it's technically prostitution.

By the way, this question made me think about something the CEO of Ryanair once said:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/weird-wide-world/7866327/Ryanair-boss-Michael-OLearys-funniest-quotes-part-two.html?image=9

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I really don't steal pens from the office but I do take them home. I have a pen holder that holds about a dozen pens. I usually make it home with at least one a day. When the pen holder starts running low I gather up the pens at home take them back to work and start the process over.

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I regularly take servers, computers, and 250lb paper shredders home... the nice guard at the front opens the door for me and everything.. :D

but I would never take a pen home.. it just seems wrong!

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@omnichad: Put another way: I buy pens I prefer, work buys crap pens. I'd rather not use crap pens. I can't really say I take their pens home, even accidentally.
When was the last time you handed someone a pen from work to sign something and they said "Wow, this pen really writes smoothly!"? Probably never.
With a great pen they're noticed often.
Oh, and I ALWAYS get 'em back- though seldom voluntarily.

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I rarely even use the pens from work. I bring my own instead. (I dislike using black ink.) Our pens do have the habit of walking off since customers tend to take them. Hello, they're plain old Bic pens.

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I often take pens home from work. However, "Work" takes pens home from the bank. The tellers even put about 20 at a time into plastic baggies for us. Hey, gotta cut costs somewhere. Now where are the starbucks k-cups?...

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I've bought most of my own office supplies for the last 20 years I worked. There's a specific brand of pen I liked for both home and work. I used a lot of Posts-It notes and like a variety of colors available. I did a lot of note-taking at work and prefered a particular type of memo pad. If I needed a new highlighter at work, they were likely to hand me a used one from the desk of someone who left; that gave me the grims, so I just bought my own. The pleasure and utility of having things I liked and preferred totally balanced out the cost.

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Well, I bought the pens I use at work, so I'd like to see anyone complain about me taking them home. :P

Just now I grabbed a few paperclips to take home. I bought those too, since I like the plastic coated rainbow colored ones and my office only has the plain metal.

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Here's my question....I posted this same question 2-3 weeks ago and it was removed.

Why? Why ? Why ?

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@mkentosh: It's a conspiracy. Blame your least favorite politician ?

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No, the pens at work suck anyways. Plus, you can buy a bunch for like $5 at Walmart or Staples