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Monday, April 02, 2007

Welcome To The Jungle

More often than I'm comfortable with, I leave my office only to return to someone lounging around my desk, talking on my telephone, "borrowing" my scissors, or rifling through my stuff. Once someone had even closed and locked all the doors to my office while they were in there so they could have some privacy while using my phone. I'm not sure what it is that makes people feel as though they can just wander in and take/do whatever they feel like. I know for sure that they would never do that in, say, the main office. One, because the secretary would kick their ass so hard, and two, because it's someone else's space. Would you just wander into someone else's house and start flipping through their magazines? Probably not, unless you're crazy and feel the urge to be arrested.

In fact, I'm fairly certain that none of these people would walk into another classroom and just take things, either. Even the most laissez-faire of teachers would find it rude if someone just stopped in every now and then to steal their belongings. So what is it about the library that makes my co-workers feel as though they're entitled to everything I have? If it were just the kids that were doing this I could understand a bit better- I mean, it would still be bizarre and unacceptable, but at least they can blame it on being dumb kids who feel like everything in the world should be theirs. These are grown adults I'm talking about here, and I'm sick of finding jammed staplers, empty paper bins, and one lone, broken-tipped #2 pencil in my pencil holder every time I come back from peeing.

Any suggestions for theft deterrents would be greatly appreciated. Especially ones that inflict bodily harm on the next person to misplace my memory card reader.


Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

qxcpbI would make a NO TRESSPASSING, NO PHONE USE, NO SUPPLY TAKING while Librarian is away from her desk!! sign. You can add a smiley face on the end of the sign... Put it on your desk whenever you get up.

You can even get a nice little easel to put it on!

7:39 AM

Anonymous get 'em rocks hardcore!

Two ideas:

1. Get a stamp that says "MINE". Use it liberally.

2. Booby trap your office. You know, so that if someone lifts the stapler they get pepper sprayed. If they put your phone to their ear they will have a purple ink ear all day. Or if they open a desk drawer a whole toner container is dumped on their lap. Also others that include the use of razors, chicken wire and jello.

9:46 AM

Blogger Hooker rocks hardcore!

That's weird. I thought about this issue earlier today with my own stuff. I was trying to rig up a stabby boobytrap that would prick the finger of the offender.

Get a dummy stapler. A black one. Put your real one in a drawer. Cover the sides of it in dark toner. That stuff NEVER comes off.

Take the pens out of your cup. Switch the black and red inserts. They grab a black pen it's red. Red pen is black.

1:46 PM

Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

get signs, no loitering, so soliciting, no know.

also a sign that says something like "hidden nanny cam in use"

9:31 PM

Blogger Lisa rocks hardcore!

I think you should get a dog. A nice, snarling, Doberman who will bite the fingers off of anyone who dares to go near your stapler! Short of that I have no ideas.... but, man, how frustrating!

9:35 PM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Why don't you just threaten to kick people's asses? You threaten me all the time, after all.

Oh, wait, and I always laugh. Never mind.

How did the spell-off (or whatever) go?

7:22 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

All very good suggestions! Except for the dog, because that one scares me. I suppose I could ask nicely that people refrain from shoplifting in my office. Or I could set booby traps; that's way funnier.

Ace- I haven't threatened you in a long time. Weeks, even.

The Bee went pretty well, we made it through like 8 rounds or something, but then I stupidly listened to one of my co-workers when she told me I needed to change the spelling of one of the words. Next year will be our year.

7:40 AM


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