Thursday, August 17, 2006

How To Keep Co-Workers From Stealing Your Pens

I'm so tired of trying to find a pen when I need one, which is about every thirty seconds.

I even tried keeping a stash of pens in my desk drawers, but that didn't help. People know you are likely hiding them and will just go through your drawers when you aren't there. Sometimes they will do it even when you are sitting right there.

This week I found a way to keep my pens in their holder where they belong. Very cheap, and oh so effective.

One tampon, which shall remain in it's wrapper, placed strategically in my pen holder.

Turns out they stop more than leaks.

I've now placed one in each of my desk drawers. My extra stash of pens has remained undisturbed.



Rev. Brandy said...

You are a freaking genius!

Al said...

umm ya, never even touching your desk lol

Spin_Doc1 said...

I could never do that, if I did the men around here would freak out!

Unacknowledged Genius said...

ingenius idea, zoom
i can see it working to keep the men from taking your pens but does it keep the women thieves away?

Ryan said...

That soo wouldn't stop me. :P

Rev. Brandy said...



Rev. Brandy said...

BTW, the end of that comment reads "beyond.jpg"

ZooooM said...

REV, no, that's not me. But I did tell Mr. Zoom "I bet someone else has also done this" because he just kept laughing at me.

All of you, thanks for the comments. It seems that even though some people wouldn't be stopped by the tampen, it stops enough people that I don't have to spend all that time searching for a pen.

Plus, I further my "crazy" rep in the office, and people tend to keep from trying to engage me in superfulous "how was your weekend" type talk. Don't get me wrong, I know they are trying to be polite. I just seem to say the wrong things all the time.

AndyT13 said...

Damn! I was about to ask the same question as the Rev! I was SURE that was your post secret. Drat!
At least you can prove to Mr. Zoom you aren't crazy. Well not for THAT anyway.

Aisha T. said...

Friggin' AWESOME idea! Zooom, if you cold market this.....

Polyman2 said...

and I was just going to ask
to borrow your pen.
ah- no thanks.

BostonPobble said...

that's great. I tend to stick one in my bra strap. People think twice about pulling it from there. Just a suggestion if people get brave around the tampons.

Pat said...

sigh, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has to "fight" to defend "territory" like we're all perpetually 5 and have no sense of respecting other people's things. I went from having stationary on my desk, to putting everything in belly drawers, to leaving "decoys" to finally locking everything up every day when I leave work.