Post # 1
I fly in and out every week for work. Last Thursday was my first flight back home from a new city. I heard there was a huge accident on the freeway and started to worry I was going to miss my flight. In a flustered state of mind, I left my office without being completely prepared and left my noise cancelling headphones on my desk. I noticed immediately when I got to the airport. I keep my iPhone headphones in the back pocket and needed to make a phone call.
I was nervous, but didn’t stress too much. I mean, they were in my office, behind a closed (not locked) door.
Today, I came in and they were gone. I checked in every drawer, behind my desk, behind the trash, everything! I know I left them on my desk because a coworker mentioned how much she loved hers an hour before I left work.
I am so sad. Not just because I had something taken, but because you can’t even leave something on your desk at work without worrying about theft. It’s so sad. We have a secure floor, so the public can’t get into our office. That means it was someone who works here or for our office building.
I have had plenty of jobs and I rarely leave anything unattended unless I am running to the restroom. I contemplated calling a coworker to get them and lock them in her desk, but I thought I was being silly. Turns out I should have listened to my spidey senses.
Have you ever had anything stolen at work? Is theft an issue? Would you be shocked if anyone reported a theft?
Post # 2
thenewmrsmax: I would be very shocked if anything other than a pen or stapler was stolen off someone’s desk at work. I have never heard of that happening at any company I’ve been with (but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t). I’m sorry that happened to you – it must feel very intrusive and make you feel a bit weird about your coworkers, too.
I don’t lock up my office supplies because I could always get my company to replace any of those (and people steal them all the time so I consider it a given!). I’m pretty good about locking up my purse and any of my personal belongings though because those aren’t as easy to replace as a pen is.
I have had people steal my lunch out of the fridge at work. While it wasn’t expensive, it was still annoying! It’s sad that you can’t trust the adults you work with to only take/use/eat what belongs to them and respect the property of others.
Post # 3
Wow, that’s a bummer. Unfortunately I think there are more people out there than we realize who love to swipe things. Even those who’d we’d think would be innocent of such a thing. I’ve known of well off folks who steal just for the thrill.
Luckily I’ve not had any issues in the work place, but I’ve never had a desk or anything. I was either a travelling tutor or a student teacher. Unless someone wanted to steal some of my worksheets, there was not much of value!
So unfortuate about your headphones though! That would make me so mad.
Post # 4
Luckily no. I forgot my iPad on the filing cabinet under my desk (so somewhat out of sight) one day and realized it when I got home. I was obsessively tracking it on the Find my iPhone app to make sure it stayed put all night until I got there the next morning.
Post # 5
I had an iPod Touch taken out of my jacket pocket, shortly after it was given to me as a present from my parents. I feel like everybody needs that one ugly lesson to realize that ultimately, you can’t fully trust people.
At my new job they have cameras, so I feel like people aren’t dumb enough to steal with such awesome video coverage.
Post # 6
Nope. Super small company full of honest people where I am the youngest by<br />a decade and own the cheapest stuff (makes me a poor target?)
Post # 7
At my old job someone actually stole my wallet out of my purse.
No one was ever caught and I quit shortly after, one of the reasons being I couldn’t work with someone who would do something like that
Post # 8
I always thought the cleaning staff was banking.
Post # 9
Some money from my wallet. We were not provided any place to lock up our bags. I just stopped bringing my wallet to work and carried only the minimum amount of cash in my uniform pocket.
Post # 10
We’ve only had minor things go missing in our office like cell phone chargers and earbuds which, frankly I suspect could easily have be misplaced or someone could have intended to borrow and forgot to return.
We have had some problems with theft from outside parties (litterally someone breaking a window and breaking into the office) but luckily no personal property was stolen.