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to be sad that a colleague threw away my desk top bin

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amazonqueen Fri 06-Nov-09 21:33:35

I was off work ill for 2 days and a deputy (not mine)stood in for me.
When I went back to work this morning I found that she had tidied up my filing and sorted out a few things I had left since I wasnt expecting to be ill. I was a bit hmm anyway but decided to be charitable and think the best of her. I do like her to speak to .

Then I found that my little desk top bin was gone. I was puzzled as I couldnt see where it could be. I asked her and she said
" Oh it looked just like rubbish so I threw it away"
I really felt like crying. Not over the bin-just the disrespectfulness of it really.

It is was just an old pot noodle pot made into a labelled bin-all jazzed up with my name on it. I did it a couple of years ago when they took away our under desk bins and Ive had it all that time.It was just for those annoying bits of paper and sweetiewrappers important memos that I would otherwise have to stack up until I could make a trip to the big bin.

Anyway -it was mine and she threw it away.
She was appalled that I was obviously annoyed(I couldnt hide it) and offered to bring me another one. But that isnt the point.

so AIBU?

Lapsedrunner Fri 06-Nov-09 21:35:06

.........errr biscuit

bigchris Fri 06-Nov-09 21:35:52

is this serious?

an old pot noodle pot?


bibbitybobbityhat Fri 06-Nov-09 21:36:21


paisleyleaf Fri 06-Nov-09 21:40:02

Sorry, shouldn't laugh, but.....

oranges Fri 06-Nov-09 21:42:31

This is the first thread that totally suits the biscuit emoticon. biscuit

poorbuthappy Fri 06-Nov-09 21:43:57

Sorry to you have no under desk desk top bin...what do you do with all your chocolate wrappers and empty crisp packets???

LoveBeingAMummy Fri 06-Nov-09 21:44:57

Amazon I kind of understand, my desktop calendar got thrown away and it was a lovely edward monkton one. You should amke her bring a new one in and decorate it grin

RustyBear Fri 06-Nov-09 21:45:58

I don't think I'd be that worried about the bin in itself, but I do think it was stupid of the colleague to throw it away - it could easily have been made by a child & have meant a lot to amazonqueen - I still have a pencil pot that DD made me 15 years ago & I really would be annoyed if someone threw it away.

SolidGoldBangers Fri 06-Nov-09 21:46:54

While it's a bit trivial on one level, on another it shows that she's a bit of an officious twat, really. While it might have been necessary for her to take on some of your work while you were off sick for a couple of days, rearranging your desk in your absence does seem a little bit like jumping into your shoes too fast.

mazzystartled Fri 06-Nov-09 21:46:58

It sounds rank

I don't blame her

NowtonTelly Fri 06-Nov-09 21:47:00

Is a 'get a life' too harsh a response? Personally, I don't think so.

MavisEnderby Fri 06-Nov-09 21:50:27

Eat a pot noodle,wash,stick name on tub.

Ta-da, new bin.No hassle.Sorted.

Elemental Fri 06-Nov-09 22:07:32

Seriously, none of you would be bothered if someone sat in for you for a couple of days and decided what of your things should be thrown away? Am amazed, of course it's out of order.

paisleyleaf Fri 06-Nov-09 22:17:15

She didn't realise it wasn't litter.

Elemental Fri 06-Nov-09 22:18:37

Why would litter have your NAME on it??

Fibilou Fri 06-Nov-09 22:30:44

Having worked in a building where there was only 1 bin on each floor and ^we were banned from bringing in our own bins^ I feel your pain

I am very protective over my desk and when I had to work at another office for a month had kittens when I came back to discover someone had rearranged everything

Casserole Fri 06-Nov-09 23:00:42

Oh my fucking word.
Do you mind if I come back when you've got an ACTUAL problem?

Where's the fruitloop emoticon?

FawkesMenthe Fri 06-Nov-09 23:12:22

LOL. Send her to my office. We could do with a clear-out.
I went off sick just before going on maternity leave, then left the company. Six years later, I got another job there, walked in on my first day and found my old hi-vis jacket still hanging on the coat peg, my biscuit tin still in the kitchen cupboard.

amazonqueen Fri 06-Nov-09 23:13:24

Casserole - you were the one who read the title and decided to contribute. I put it up for serious contemplation that's all.

Okay- I do have serious problems =I have breast cancer for one -crippling anxiety for another - but they werent what upset me today.

Time you realised that not everyone is one dimensional.

Actually -and without Casseroles 'help' I can see I was a tad precious about my poxy bin.

It was a pot noodle cup and -sentimental as I might have been- maybe others just saw it as a nasty bit of plastic. I will rise above it and get myself a higher class of bin - maybe a plastic cup from the drinking fountain...

Thanks to the rest of you for helping me come to a decision

scottishmummy Fri 06-Nov-09 23:18:17

you bampot thinking a potnoddle pot is object d'art.haha she threw it out

Amapoleon Fri 06-Nov-09 23:18:18

it is not about what was thrown away but the fact that the person had no right to do so.

TigerLightsitandscarpers Fri 06-Nov-09 23:26:08

Of course they shouldn't have touched your desk. You don't have a couple of days out and come back to find everything "tidied up". It doesn't matter that it was an old pot noodle pot, your desk should have been left as is and your colleague shouldn't have jumped in. I don't think you're BU at all. I don't like it when I've been off and someone's used my PC, I can see that my lefthanded mouse has walked round to the wrong side so I know someone's been there. In the great scheme of things it's so what, but it's just another of those little irritating things that grate.

scottishmummy Fri 06-Nov-09 23:27:53

fgs your hierarchical view of colleagues will be your down fall and your inability to see your pimped pit noodle pot isnt obviously important to others. how very dare a serf show initiative

Elemental Fri 06-Nov-09 23:44:47

Yeah, that's exactly what she was saying, well done.

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