Question of the day

Have you ever taken tools or supplies from work?

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14 Responses to Question of the day

  1. Joy says:

    Yes I have. *hanging my head in shame*

  2. Sue says:

    Yes I have. We have extra stuff that would otherwise be thrown away so it only makes sense to use it!

    • Joy says:

      That’s what I should have said too Sue. When I worked at a small store once the woman who did all the ordering always ordered way to much deli meat and it would go bad half way through the slab so we would cut it up between us and take it home. It was literally going into the garbage every week.

      • SKL says:

        That is so sad to see food wasted, especially meat. If we’re going to mass-produce animals and slaughter them, the least we can do is eat the meat.

        I once asked why restaurants don’t donate leftovers to the needy, and the answer I got was, it’s against the law. In this country, even donated food has to meet standards, such as, it can’t be leftovers. Most of the world would just not believe our hangups.

        • Joy says:

          The worst part of this whole deal SKL was she was the owner of the store and she’d insist we use that almost rotten meat in the deli sandwiches and soup. She would tell us if meat was slimy, we should use it for the lunch specials and just “wash it off.” We were sickened by it and when she’d go home, we threw it all out. So eating it was better than throwing it out so we started just taking a little of it each home each week.

          To this day I have a problem eating deli food that’s pre-made in a grocery store. You HAVE to know the store is using “almost bad” stuff.

          • SKL says:

            I worked as a “carney” one summer, and we used to get the most yummy fresh rolls to serve our sandwiches on. But after being in the hot trailer for a certain amount of time, the rolls would start growing mold. I was instructed to surreptitiously pick off the mold and use the rolls anyway.

            We also used the grease from the sausages to cook the onions and peppers – which would have been fine if it was the same day’s grease – but we’d scoop it out of the bucket that was under the grill for days, weeks, months . . . .

            And this was an award-winning operation . . . .

            But yeah, the rotting meat thing . . . yikes.

            I probably shouldn’t tell you what happened in the deli where I worked after I sliced part of my fingertip off . . . who knew it was gonna bleed?

            Makes me never want to eat perishable food again.

  3. Lucy says:

    No. Never needed anything from work.

  4. SKL says:

    Well, it depends what you count. If you count a binder clip that was stuck to the report I just reviewed and discarded, and the supplies I kept in my work bag so I’d be prepared (but didn’t give back after they stole weeks of my vacation pay upon my resignation), then yes. But if you consider how many things I recycled during my 13-year tenure there, while my colleagues would have thrown them in the garbage and sent the secretary for more, I cost the company a lot less than most, so I don’t feel at all guilty.

  5. Gary says:

    Indeed I have. (blush)

  6. kweenmama says:

    Does it count if you work from home?

  7. nikki says:

    I have…those razor blades we’d use for opening boxes at Target. I’d bring one home all the time not meaning too and then I’d forget it (go figure) and then I’d need a new one. I had a pile of them by the time I left that job.

  8. Laura (LS) says:

    I worked in a veterinary office… so I have a bunch of syringes that were supposed to be disposables. These are just the plastics of the syringes that we used for vaccinations – after the needle is used, you dump that in the sharps bin, wash out the syringe and voila! perfect for measuring small amounts of meds or whatever. (we never took the ones that were used for blood draws. THOSE got pitched) I have a couple of those. Also the biggest syringe you’ll ever see… it’s HUGE! Never thought I’d need it, and then a couple of weeks ago, suddenly I did. Can’t remember now what for….

    Also, “sponges” (little 2″x2″ or 3″x3″ squares of gauze) from the surgical packs – after they’re opened, you’re supposed to throw everything disposable away, even if it wasn’t touched. But I couldn’t see throwing that perfectly good gauze in the garbage, so the other techs and I would pocket it. Sometimes the vets would allow us to return it to non-sterile use, but more often than not, they’d just say, “go ahead and take it” because they didn’t want to get caught re-using it.

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