questionswho is stealing my change?

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Better get the Car Wash Action Squad on the case!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VecYzKy81w

Don't let thieves take that change... that you left there.

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I would be curious too if it happened to me.How about setting up a small hidden camera?

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Sorry, I didn't think you'd miss it. I left am IOU, didn't you see it?

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The cheap logitech webcam I got has software with a motion detection recording mode. Maybe something like that to do what @mtrlgrl suggests...

(Just remember to put a piece of black tape or some such over the LED on the camera.)

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@natedogg828: i like your guess, but i can't help but think mortimer would have taken the pennies and threw them around the office too.

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Coat some change in something vile smelling, or really sticky and difficult to wash off. Not only will it make the culprit obvious, you'll get some measure of revenge at the same time.

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yup, webcam and the software you can setup is called Dorgem. jus cover up the LED on webcam :)

* edit also if you want to catch them, i advise hiding the webcam so they dont see it and are not deterred if you wanna catch them, if you want to deter them just put it in an obvious place staring straight at the place you keep your change

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Black ink on rim of jar! Or put a mouse trap in the bowl, if it's not clearly visible.

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ME MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, but evil villain lairs on the moon aren't cheap

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I like the webcam idea, I've never actually set one up so this will be a learning experience for me as well. I don't really want anyone to know that I caught them (office politics are a SOB) so long term I'll just dump it in my jar at home and keep some in my purse... just want some stealthy excitement! If I get clear footage of @pickypickypicky, @captainsuperdawg and Mortimer sneaking into my office on a joint midnight venture to accost $8 in change I will def. share...

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@mrsbeny: If you catch the perpetrator, you may have to face a dilemma. You should report the incident to your HR rep, because no one wants a thief in the office. But what if this is someone you know? Are you willing for the consequences of finding out what's happening?

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You could take some tips from the Deer Park Police in TX. Apparently they also have a lot of time on their hands so you could follow their lead and set up a sting operation. They were trying to catch one of their own stealing from the fridge, but I am sure you could use the same set up to catch your change thief...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105434/Police-stage-sting-bust--kept-stealing-food-station-fridge.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Just want you to know it's not me...no really, it isn't!

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@moosezilla: I think he took the silver, went to the bank to cash into pennies and then threw those pennies around the office...he tends to overthink some things at times making it more complicated than needs to be

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The same person who stole my coupons from my grocery cart.

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@jsoko: The moral dilemma's a good point, but I don't even have any proof of anything and I'm kinda opposed to looking like a crazy to HR. Also, we're pretty close knit here which is why I'm not upset, merely curious. Somebody would probably assume that I would be okay with them taking a couple bucks in change now and again for a soda and a candy bar. We buy each other lunch often enough.

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Must be a new tax that I'm not yet aware of. They sure are getting sneaky with those...

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Well, if you're not willing to turn them in, but still upset at the invasion, leave them a note that it'd be nice to pay back what they "borrowed".

Personally, I have low tolerance for people who steal from me and would turn them in once I had proof. But that's me. YMMV

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@mrsbeny: While I see what you mean, $8 is not "Oh she won't mind giving me 50 cents to buy a soda." That's either repeatedly taking 50 cents or someone desperately in need of money. I'd want to know too. Then I'd confront them alone and politely ask them to stop.

Their response would be interesting to hear as well. If they flat out deny it, well, then apparently you're not so close knit.

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@woadwarrior: Chances are if they took that much, then they're unlikely to go back and see the note. :(

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Tape a note to the drawer saying you will lend them the money if they need it but please don't steal it, just ask.

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Find the: Means, motive, and opportunity.

This happens to me. I share a secure office with 2 people and stated they can borrow/steal the change if they need a pop. I dropped a $10 in our change machine and the quarters sat in the tray of my top drawer. One day I needed a pop and my change was gone, I never pay attention to it, so it could have been a 1 time thing (I doubt it). My 2 coworkers do not take the change, I have asked.

I am in a secure office, the cleaning crew does not have access to this room, but the night worker has been known to take naps in here(during breaks). Or it could be my bosses.

My resolution was to keep less change in there and keep dollar bills in a paper clip in the back of the drawer. This stopped the 'thief'. In my case it seems $.50 here and there was ok but $1 is a no no. Also I found that leaving just $.50 in the top did not stop the person from 'taking my last pop'. This leads me to believe it was not my bosses, they are diplomats.

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@inkycatz: I think they will be back. They found a easy place for loose change. Kind of like candy bowls on desks. I know people that go out of their way to stop at candy bowls.
The note may stop them, or like I mentioned above dollars, or move the change somewhere else. More then likely they will not search your desk for $.50.

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Talk to your office security. Report the incident for one, and see if a security camera happened to catch anyone in the act.

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Stop blacking out and buying candy bars at work.

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@davidschronic: Bah humbug. It was a Shrubbie teabagger believer.
"One of the 99 has money left! Get them!"

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Oh, and there's this stuff called Dykem Blue. It is used to stain metal for marking. If you get it on clean skin it can take a week to wear off. Put some on the money, go away, and check your buddies out later.
Some aholes don't believe they did wrong. If you left it out unsecured then you donated it to the public.
Like the candy dish thing- I worked in a place with a secretary that always had one out. One ahole decided to get a large handful everytime he went past- and as long as there was some in the bowl he went past. Hey, it's free, right? She finally got a duplicate bowl spiked with sourbombs, to exchange bowls when he came by.
We had a lunch thief. Especially on Fridays when some of us IT folk worked late, it really sucked to come down and find two or three lunches and drink bottles were missing. I used a couple of ghost chilies to find the thief, my compadre used magnesium citrate in an obscure sports drink on a Friday afternoon to find him again.

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@gidgaf: You think it's easy being the %1? We are the minority here!

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Cleaning folk, security folk, or lemurs.

My money is on lemurs. They're always stealing my shinies!

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@davidschronic: Or shuffling hordes of zombies, er I mean homeless...

Time to fire up the bus and lead them back to California again...

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@jsoko: A better way if you aren't concerned about who is to just tell HR it happened, and if they could send a mail around saying "hey, just so you know, we got a report of this happening".

Of course HR would tell you probably not to leave your money in the desk, so it's a bit no-win.

Or you could, to get your money back, pick a location that isn't obvious and well trafficked (so no one is creepy watching to see who took it) and go "noticed X amount missing from my desk, if you just want to leave it in an envelope in Y location that'd be great, no questions asked".

And if indeed you all are that closeknit, then it probably isn't your coworkers at all and more likely the cleaning folks.

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I used to leave change sitting around my desk to see if people would ever take it. Every once and a while a couple quarters would disappear. Usually about a week later, a dollar bill appears sitting where the change used to be.

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@gidgaf: We had a lunch thief at a place I used to work at. 2 days in a row some miscreant stole the slice of chocolate cheesecake this lady's husband got for her. The 3rd day they scraped the chocolate drizzle off and drizzled 3 bars of chocolate exlax over it. Let that be a lesson to any who think to get between a woman and her chocolate fix.

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Maybe someone there doesn't like you and is doing it to spite you. Think of the person or persons you may have ticked off lately. That would be guess one. Guess two is the nappers.

Good luck in your search. Then again, it could just be an office prank.

I have worked in secure offices/locations with logbooks for who comes and goes. Security is always tighter when the big bosses are around, just saying.

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set up a camera and bait the hook.
If it's someone you decide to be mad at, print out a still shot of them stealing, along with a note explaining that they need to pay it all back, plus the price/cost of the camera and time, along with a reasonable fee for emotional distress. It's not blackmail, it's an out-of-court settlement that may save their job.