"Borrowing or Stealing"

@loniu7 (153)
United States
June 17, 2010 1:32pm CST
I was reading a question the other day regarding friends that steal and such. It brought to mind about Office stealing. I use to work with someone who would "borrow" trash bags, pencils, post it notes etc" from the office. He would call it borrowing (really you don't bring the items back) and said these items are so minuscule in price no one is going to notice i took a pencil. He was terminated for an entirely different reason, but do you think thats wrong?
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4 responses
• Mexico
17 Jun 10
Hi loniu: I think that Borrowing is just a nice name that people use to feel less guilty for the things they do but they actually do that they are going to keep this things so they are stealing. It's not about the amount of money that they take it's their action what make this a wrong action. Thanks for asking us this question. Have a nice day. ALVARO
@loniu7 (153)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Hi there! I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. It was one way he would justify his actions! Have a great Day! :)
@xasasa (323)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Unless you have permission from the person paying for the items, it is stealing. One pencil may not cost that much but if all the employees are taking items home using that train of thought then it will add up.
• Mexico
17 Jun 10
Hi xasasa: I agree with you. It's not the price that makes an action moral or inmoral, it's the intention itself and I also think that these employees should be more respectful with their job place. These are not their things so they shouldn't take them. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Hi, loniu7. It is stealing. Whether it is taken away with getting permission from the boss, it is stealing. If the items are not going to be returned, then it is stealing. If he steals without returning the items then it was right for his boss to terminate him.
@loniu7 (153)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Oh Definitely. As i replied above, i told him i thought it was wrong. But everybody does it? Gee if everyone jumped off a bridge would you? He ended up being terminated for poor performance Go figure! (what really bugged me was that the boss didn't care)I still thought it was wrong.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Borrowing from your job is the same as stealing. Just because you work for a company or business, it doesn't give you free and clear permission to take and use whatever you want. After all, you are taking items you did not purchase yourself. It is still stealing.
@loniu7 (153)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Oh i agree.I told him on several occasions that it was wrong. He came back with every body does it. Well i didn't. :)