• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 7: Castangia from SARTORIALE

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 6th auction is for a Castangia Suit or Sportcoat from SARTORIALE Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

gimme back my pie plate

nostrings

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2008
Messages
49
Reaction score
0
What is the correct course of action when an office mate steals/appropriates your flatware, dishes, pots, etc.? I "lost" a Williams/Sonoma pie dish yesterday and a Henkel paring knife last month. I'm curious as to whether this kind of crap occurs in Lawyers offices as well as the blue collar kind that I've been forced to share.
 

SField

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
6,278
Reaction score
24
That really sucks. I think one of two things happened;

It's inadvertent, in which case post up a notice, or if your office is small, talk to people individually and stress that these aren't dollar store items and you'd like it if they keep an eye out for them.

OR

You actually have someone who is stealing, in which case you cannot just start making accusations. If someone did steal those things, they probably took them home so I doubt you can establish any kind of proof. In this case, you're just going to have to watch your stuff, since clearly someone in your office is a bonafide thief. Only consider this option once option 1 likelihood has been exhausted.
 

Spatlese

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
2,287
Reaction score
14
If you can't identify the thief, burn the office down.

Or what sfield said (is that you sfield??). To clarify, is this stuff you left in an office you share with someone? Or did the items go missing from a communal kitchen area?
 

SField

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
6,278
Reaction score
24
Originally Posted by Spatlese
If you can't identify the thief, burn the office down.

Or what sfield said (is that you sfield??). To clarify, is this stuff you left in an office you share with someone? Or did the items go missing from a communal kitchen area?


How come every time I'm nice people don't think it's me???
 

nostrings

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2008
Messages
49
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by Spatlese
To clarify, is this stuff you left in an office you share with someone? Or did the items go missing from a communal kitchen area?

The items went missing from a common kitchen area. It's generally a small friendly staff and I was comfortable air drying my items while I worked, but no longer. I've been too foolish I guess.
 

SField

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
6,278
Reaction score
24
Originally Posted by nostrings
The items went missing from a common kitchen area. It's generally a small friendly staff and I was comfortable air drying my items while I worked, but no longer. I've been too foolish I guess.

You haven't really been foolish, you just work with someone you cannot trust, and that's not your fault.

Try to address subtly, and if it's blown off, I'd start looking for somewhere else to work. If people will do stuff like that to you, imagine what else they're capable of?
 

DocHolliday

Stylish Dinosaur
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Apr 21, 2005
Messages
16,118
Reaction score
1,113
People steal stuff both intentionally and unintentionally, no matter the office. The only solution is to leave your nice stuff at home. Get some cheapies for office use. Or, in the case of something like a pie pan, wash it after use and dry with a towel.
 

robin

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Dec 5, 2006
Messages
12,416
Reaction score
155
Send out a company wide email about it.
 

Johnny_5

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 14, 2007
Messages
4,324
Reaction score
4
Make sure when you bring things to the office they are Ikea, not williams & sonoma.

IE wine glasses from Ikea $1.99

wine glasses from williams/sonoma $48 for two.
 

Spatlese

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
2,287
Reaction score
14
Originally Posted by SField
How come every time I'm nice people don't think it's me???


Blame Jumbie for starting that other thread


But seriously, I think you've shown yourself to be very reasonable.
 

Dakota rube

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Jan 14, 2005
Messages
14,516
Reaction score
233
I really think you need to find the motivation for the theft.

Is the perpetrator crying out for help through this thievery? If that's the case, you really must sit down with him and try to get to the root. I'm certain it is some manifestation of a poor self-image that this poor person has been carrying around inside all his life. Clearly this is just another instance in which the system has failed this pitiful individual, meaning that we all are poorer. Only working together, as a village, can we lift up this pained spirit, allowing him to flee these societal bonds and once and for all realize his maximum potential.

Or you could just track down his ass and beat the shit out of him.
 

j

(stands for Jerk)
Admin
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
14,914
Reaction score
98
Put up a passive-aggresssive anonymous note complaining about it. (the way of the Seattle badass)

Post on Craigslist R&R with a snarky narrative about how you're glad the person got the pie plate they'd been deprived of all their life, and they must need it so much more than you. Post replies lauding it and suggesting it be voted 'best of'. (the normal Seattle way)

Consult a voodoo witch doctor and have a hex placed on all your possessions, that your Henckels knives my slip and gouge the thief, maiming his thieving hand, and the pie plate may shatter in his kitchen, while he's wearing a bathrobe, bare feet and the gleeful smile of a successful petty pilferer. (the best way I can think of)
 

SField

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
6,278
Reaction score
24
Originally Posted by Dakota rube

Is the perpetrator crying out for help through this thievery? If that's the case, you really must sit down with him and try to get to the root. I'm certain it is some manifestation of a poor self-image that this poor person has been carrying around inside all his life. Clearly this is just another instance in which the system has failed this pitiful individual, meaning that we all are poorer. Only working together, as a village, can we lift up this pained spirit, allowing him to flee these societal bonds and once and for all realize his maximum potential.

Or you could just track down his ass and beat the shit out of him.


Yea I wasn't sure until about the 2nd sentence that you weren't totally fucking with us...
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 29 3.6%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 141 17.4%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 265 32.7%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 129 15.9%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 70 8.6%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 48 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 24 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 51 6.3%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,984
Messages
9,226,656
Members
193,673
Latest member
javery088
Top