October 18, 2006

Nothing is safe.

Is there anything people wonít steel? For three years Iíve had candy at my desk. I set it out to show my appreciation to everyone that works hard. It started Christmas of 2002. Boopie was in Cub Scouts. They had a fundraiser selling popcorn. The Pack ordered some extra items to sell at various events besides what orders the boys took. At the end of the sale they had this tin that was 6 by 10 inches that had popcorn coated in chocolate. Instead of letting the troop take the hit, I shelled out the money and bought it.

Since I hate chocolate covered popcorn, I took it to work and let everyone help themselves to it the week between Christmas and New Years. Thatís when I discovered that Chocolate made for a much nicer work environment for me. After the popcorn was gone (about 2 days) I started buying various candies to put in the tin. Hershey miniatures and kisses, Halloween candy, ETC. Itís kind of like a trademark of mine to have chocolate at my desk.

Yesterday at work, one of my employees asked my why I hadnít put out the candy. I looked around and it wasnít where I left it. Since Iíve been known to forget to set it out, I checked my desk drawer where I store it at night. (The cleaning crew likes to clean out the tin as well.) It wasnít in my drawer. What the hell? I looked around to see if it was moved or if something was set on top of it. It wasnít anywhere!

A couple of years ago the same thing happened, but some people took it as a prank. They returned it a couple of hours later when I noticed it was missing. Figuring the same thing happened, I was pretty sure it would turn up. Today it was still gone. So I started canvassing the usual suspects to see if they where playing a joke. No one had any idea where it went.

Since it now counts as a legitimate theft, I had to make a report with security. I laughed the whole time, because I felt stupid reporting a stolen tin. It was a ratty old tin, and the lid to it is still in my desk drawer, so I have no idea why anyone would want it. The missing candy doesnít bother me too much because I bought it to give away, but I am a bit annoyed that someone felt the need to take the tin. Itís just a senseless theft of an item that really has no value what so ever.

Well whoever has it, I hope they enjoy it. But if they are thinking the candy in there magically reappears they are going to be disappointed.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at October 18, 2006 05:36 PM | TrackBack

I suppose I could always just put it back when it gets empty and wait for it to fill up again before I take it again...

Posted by: Ogre at October 19, 2006 12:07 PM

I once had someone steal all the change from my desk but leave the candian coins.

Which is stupid in Michigan because canadian and american coins are accepted as equals.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at October 21, 2006 06:35 PM

Where I work there is a fellow that is notorious for going into other ppls desks when they aren't there and taking whatever he can find to eat. Often times ppl bring things to share, and put them in the breakroom...you can bet he is the first in line then, too. Bet you'll be surprised to hear he NEVER brings anything to share.

Posted by: Mari Lynn at October 22, 2006 03:33 PM

I wonder if they got someone new on the cleaning crew and they saw it sitting there empty and thought it was trash...

Posted by: Teresa at October 23, 2006 03:28 PM