Steve: Hi Mike! How was your day today?
Mike: Pretty good but I'm finished, so it's time for me to split.
Steve: Your bag looks loaded today.
Mike: Yeah. I needed some paper and pens at home, so I just grabbed them from the stationery cupboard.
Steve: Mike, you can't do that - it's stealing!
Mike: Don't take it so seriously Steve. It's just a few pens and some paper. The company has heaps left.
Steve: That's not the point Mike. You shouldn't steal from your employer!
Mike: But it's not like stealing from a shop, is it?
Steve: It's the same thing Mike. Sit down and I will tell you why.
1) Split: leave in a hurry
ex:As soon as the teacher says 'class dismissed', I split!
2) Loaded: very full, sometimes used to mean that someone has drunk too much
ex:I was loaded after I drank 15 bottles of beer.
ex:The airports staff said that my bag was too loaded to go on to the plane.
3) Stationery: pens, paper, clips, pencils etc.
ex:Without stationery we would not be able to do our jobs at all.
4) Cupboard: a place to store things
ex:The stationery cupboard at my office is always locked so that people cannot steal stuff.
Almost everyone has taken something home from work that they shouldn't have. Staff say that they take pens and paper home because everyone else does!
Taking something from work without asking is stealing. Although it may seem small to take pens and pencils, it is still stealing and you could get in real trouble if you are caught.
Companies will usually let you take stationery supplies home if you ask and if you need to do work at home. It's a good idea to bring them back when you have finished though.
Remember the stationery is the company's property - not yours. Every year, staff lose their jobs because they are caught stealing.
It's better to be safe than sorry and not take anything home without asking first. Who wants to lose a job over a cheap pen and some paper?
If you see your colleague taking stationery home, you should warn them of the consequences or they may not be your colleagues for too long.
Beth: I heard that Mike got caught by the security guard with some company pens in his bag.
Sally: I heard that too. Was he in trouble?
Beth: He had to go to the HR manager for a formal interview.
Sally: Were the police called?
Beth: The security guard wanted to but the HR manager just warned Mike not to do it again.
Sally: Why did the security guard take it so seriously?
Beth: Stealing from the company is very serious.
Sally: I have to admit that I have taken some paperclips home. Will they arrest me?
Beth: No, but I suggest that you bring them back!