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Old 8th Nov 2018, 00:26
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The science of disappearing office teaspoons

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-...tchen/10469728

Rather than conduct a study, it might have been easier to accept that people pilfer such items from the workplace and introduce a mandatory monetary contribution to account for it. 80% of the spoons were nicked during the study.

I've never worked in an office and can't understand why people pilfer teaspoons or steal someone else's lunch from the refrigerator
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Travelling to Moscow I was advised to take basin/bath bungs as there were never any in the hotel, which I found to be true - question ... If every new bath is fitted with a bung, why would anyone want to steal one ?
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Disappearing teaspoons ?

It's the Tea Leafs that take them !
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I've never worked in an office and can't understand why people pilfer teaspoons or steal someone else's lunch from the refrigerator
The simple answer likely is because "they can get away with it".... there's nowt so queer as folk (if I can use that in its original sense) and you'd be surprised what lies behind a face of innocence. If there is one thing I have learn't in life it's never to be surprised at anything. Mind you personally I'd draw the line at knicking somebodies lunch... I'm a tad too hygienic and wouldn't know its source...
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Perhaps tea spoons being small are more prone to being lost due to unintentional errors when clearing up, thrown in the bin etc ? Perhaps low-paid cleaning staff take them ? As to food in the staff kitchen fridge, often a strange psychological dynamic rears it's head in companies, where a 'family' is formed, however dysfunctional. Staff revert to childhood patterns where the parents fill the fridge with food and the kids take with little thought as to how/where said food came from. Adults would know better, but as above, 'there's nowt so queer as folk'.
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Perhaps I can be considered part of the problem. For many years we had a board in the office in Birmingham with our collection of Spoons Of The World. Every airline I have ever flown has been relieved of a tea spoon and most were on the wall,. When SU (of carbs fame) folded I had most of the collection returned to me. I still have one of my desk drawers filled with my spoon memories.
All of the Engineers took a keen interest in spoons and on a night out in a Balti house in Alum Rock we were surprised to find most of the cutlery was stamped Swiss Air.
Other notable spoons were from the plant managers at various automotive plants. These had their special place on the board.
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Old 8th Nov 2018, 07:48
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In a nurses home my wife had her breakfast tray, plate, toast, milk and jug, teapot and kettle of boiling water nicked.

Milk, sugar and tea are the most likely items to be borrowed.
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We do have a rather fine gimballed tea strainer from Ellerman Lines. I am just surprised we never had a full canteen.
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Can't quite see the attraction of collecting spoons, didn't realise that they were even identifiable ? Now .... when it comes to hotel pens .....
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I still have my old work teaspoon, the last survivor from several that were nicked. My solution to preventing this remaining old-timer from meeting the same fate was to get the model shop at work to engrave a large Traffolyte tag with my name, drill a hole in the handle of the teaspoon and get them to crimp a short length of 1/16" stainless steel wire rope as a lanyard to securely fasten the tag to the teaspoon. This worked a treat at preventing the spoon being nicked, a bit like the way some hotels put room keys on very large tags.
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Hotel pens? They donít work very well after youíve used them to stir your tea.
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Back in the sixties it was our habit to visit the motorway services late at night after a skinful. We could access them via a country lane and the staff access road. We would eat in the truckers cafe, usually fish and chips or full english, depending on the time. I remember one occasion a cry went up from the serving counter "Who has got the teaspoon?" They only had the one left. Next time we went it was chained to the serving counter.
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No accounting for some people's behavior. Personally, I never had my food disappear from the 'fridge', but at the Boeing Rec Center I once came out of the shower to find my towel had been nicked Another time at a rather posh resort in Colorado, I got out of an outdoor hot tub to discover my $1 sandals were gone

However far and away the worst behavior I've heard of at a workplace was roughly 20 years ago. Boeing has a lot of 'community' coffee pots - in a kitchen area there is a coffee machine, a few individuals get together and run the coffee pot - buying the necessary supplies and charging a nominal amount per cup to cover the expenses. Well, at one the coffee pots, people noticed the coffee seemed a little off. Security was contacted and set up a surveillance camera which discovered an employee who was putting urine in the coffee pot
The employee in question was fired...
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Had dinner with a BEA first officer, horses doures served on first class plates, with cutlery and napkins.
Steward nicked the drapes from vanguards, dyed them and adorned his flats windows.
Another the tape deck that played the boarding announcements.
Father used to nick the large glass ashtrays from banks in the 60s...he didn't smoke.
French will nick anything.. had my old paragliding boots nicked by a club member from Lyon during an emergency course at Annecy but "found"" them next day as too big for him..they have small feet, like their penisis or penii ? ..their noses make up for it.
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I had quite a few tea spoons in my house 20 years ago - I'm now down to three. I suspect the accidental binning theory is most likely, unless it's the mice.

We had a spate of stuff being nicked from the fridge at work. Mate lost a sandwich and is still wound up about it a few years later "I was really looking forward to it". A pint of milk would last me a week, couple of bowls of cereal and a cup of tea every morning. Then somebody else started using it, my pint would last two days. Doctored one with a lot of salt and sugar - problem solved.

The worst thing about office fridges is the number of people who leave stuff in there to fester. Our lovely cleaner used to despair at the waste and once asked me whether she should really chuck a rather nice expensive looking lunch box - yes, the content was mouldy beyond belief, if they can't be bothered to remember it's there, bin it. Don't wash it up...

Don't get me started on the state of the kitchen sink every evening...
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I did find one of our teaspoons when I emptied the compost bin one spring...

It's a little-known fact that teaspoons are in fact the larval stage of wire coathangers, which when they reach their adult stage nest in wardrobes. Unfortunately the offspring of coathangers have a high mortality rate, which means that few produce viable teaspoons.
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After my parents’ divorce money was tight in our house. My mother could not afford to buy a new crockery set. But one of her friends worked at LHR and “acquired” a set for her. So visitors who came for tea would find themselves eating cake and drinking tea from cups and plates emblazoned with the logo of Argentine Airlines.
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My cutlery drawer has a full (six of each) set of Eurostar cutlery. All retrieved from being dropped on the track or found under coach tables. They're all rather small but perfect for children. Whilst at Gatwick I grew exasperated at people helping themselves to my milk from the communal fridge. A few teaspoonfuls of salt in one container cured that.
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It's a little-known fact that teaspoons are in fact the larval stage of wire coathangers, which when they reach their adult stage nest in wardrobes. Unfortunately the offspring of coathangers have a high mortality rate, which means that few produce viable teaspoons.
Quite true, and the egg from which they hatch is the paperclip. Although there is often an abundance of paperclips, people often unconsciously twist them, which renders them unviable. Hence the shortage of teaspoons.
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Back in the day when operating LAX to LHR groundstaff came on board and informed me that a very prominent Peer of the Realm and TV mogul was on our flight that night.

He added that I should keep an eye on him as he had been seen slipping the teaspoons from the First Class Lounge into his pockets!

Teaspoonery knows no bounds!!!
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