"Stealing" free things from work

(230 Posts)
FickleUsernameChooser Thu 31-Jul-14 15:48:43

WIBU to pocket about 6-8 sachets of the free sugar that comes with the free tea and coffee at work for when I go camping next week?

It feels wrong although I'd argue if I was here I'd be using them anyway (and possibly more) and it is offered free anyway. Seems a bit pointless to have to pack a bigger container of sugar.

mignonette Thu 31-Jul-14 15:49:46

It is theft and if caught (or somebody wants to grass you up) it will be grounds for gross misconduct and immediate termination of post.

You know that I think.

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 15:52:33

Don't get caught.

It feels wrong because it is wrong.
If you're on leave then you wouldn't 'be using them anyway'.

Unless your company have a policy of keeping their employees supplied with sugar in their homes, then it is stealing.

It's a tiny amount, but then it's hardly difficult to pack a tiny little tupperware box of your own sugar, is it?

FickleUsernameChooser Thu 31-Jul-14 15:56:59

I know technically it's theft but it would seem daft to get sacked for 24g of sugar that is offered to everybody on a daily basis.

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 15:58:04

Why take the chance for 24g of sugar though?

Davsmum Thu 31-Jul-14 15:58:56

Ask your boss or someone if you may take some.

WooWooOwl Thu 31-Jul-14 15:59:40

I wouldn't take sugar sachets from work, but I would take them from the places that sell be priced coffee when buying one. I nearly always pick up a few sachets of sweetner when getting a coffee at the airport before going on holiday.

FickleUsernameChooser Thu 31-Jul-14 16:00:05

Depends on whether you have a small Tupperware box already smile

I'm uncomfortable enough with it that I probably wouldn't ever dare just in case but it feels less black and white than stationery stealing (which I also would not do, although occasionally accidentally take pen home in handbag it is always brought back the next day)

grocklebox Thu 31-Jul-14 16:00:18

jesus christ, really?

Gross misconduct? Maybe on Insane Petty No-Shades-of-Grey Planet.

Bloody take it if you want.

BeCool Thu 31-Jul-14 16:00:48

It would be daft to get sacked for it.
What do you want us to tell you? "Do it, steal the sugar?".

You could just put a tiny bit of sugar from your home into a plastic bag and save yourself the angst and moral dilemma couldn't you?

callamia Thu 31-Jul-14 16:01:04

Why not just take one at a time when you make a cup of tea? Taking them all at once sounds a bit weird. I don't think it's cause for end of days woe...

PittTheYounger Thu 31-Jul-14 16:01:13

IME these little things are the ones that in the end can bite you RIGHT on the arse

in the meantime CAN YOU NOT AFFORD SUGAR?

BeCool Thu 31-Jul-14 16:02:35

I've not bought a pen for over 25 years.

I have no concerns about this.

thatstoast Thu 31-Jul-14 16:04:08

I would but I'm such a rebel grin

grovel Thu 31-Jul-14 16:05:08

You could take in some loose sugar in a bowl and then take the equivalent away in sachets.

Davsmum Thu 31-Jul-14 16:05:26

Go to a Cafe that lets you help yourself to however many sachets you want when you order a coffee. Better still, give up sugar.

OatcakeCravings Thu 31-Jul-14 16:05:49

Jesus wept take the sugar!

BornToFolk Thu 31-Jul-14 16:05:53

I wouldn't even think twice about taking a handful of sugar packets home. Or a pen, or a packet of post-it notes.

Any company that would sack an otherwise good employee for stealing something worth pennies is insane.

PittTheYounger Thu 31-Jul-14 16:06:03
FickleUsernameChooser Thu 31-Jul-14 16:06:22

I'm not exactly asking them to fund my sugar addiction smile just they are so handy.

Just interested in people's thoughts on the matter as to whether it was proper stealing or not.

FickleUsernameChooser Thu 31-Jul-14 16:08:06

Hah yes I should probably buy some, even if I then never use the other 90 smile

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 16:09:49

On the basis of morals I would do it.
On the basis of really needing my job, I wouldn't take the chance.

Even taking from a bin is technically stealing, and if anyone is looking for candidates to shrink the workforce, taking some sugar could put you on the list.

PickleMyster Thu 31-Jul-14 16:10:24

Can you not just stick £1 in petty cash?

CorporateRockWhore Thu 31-Jul-14 16:12:02

Jeez, I live for robbing biscuits from the kitchen when The Company Biscuit Watcher isn't looking. It makes me smile. Do it!

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