This isn’t precisely a lunch room story, however somebody stole my water bottle. It was on a shelf simply outdoors the manufacturing unit corridor, as a result of we’re not allowed drinks contained in the clear zone. At some point once I got here up from lunch, it was simply gone.
I assumed I had simply misplaced it, or I attempted to inform myself that, as a result of it made me uncomfortable to assume somebody had stolen it. Additionally, my water bottle is means too vital to me, and this was an organization branded metal bottle with a sports activities cap that I’d introduced in particularly and that wasn’t low cost. Possibly a bit foolish, however I drink quite a lot of water and I like issues being the best way I would like them.
In any case, I instructed myself I’d simply misplaced it in some way, and a few days later I introduced in a brand new good bottle from dwelling with a brand new sports activities cap and all. I went all the way down to lunch, and once I got here up, it was gone.
The sports activities cap. Not the water bottle. Somebody had unscrewed the cap and left the bottle.
By this time I used to be correctly unsettled (like, to the purpose of getting to go to the locker room and take a second earlier than I may return to work). As a result of certain, it’s only a sports activities cap, nevertheless it’s extra the sensation of another person touching my rhings and unscrewing it to steal simply that.
I used to be venting to my companions and having conspiracy theories about what occurred (possibly a rogue receptionist who had determined that sports activities caps had been in opposition to the principles? They tend at my firm to resolve on guidelines, not speaking them, after which appearing on them), devising plans of assault like placing a brand new bottle there full of glitter or simply carbonated water that I’d shake each 15min so it stayed Indignant in case somebody got here to steal the cap once more…
In the long run I talked to my workforce lead, who took it surprisingly significantly, additionally with the purpose that it isn’t concerning the water bottle itself a lot as that we must always have the ability to belief that nobody takes our issues generally. He introduced it up on the subsequent supervisor assembly, and all of a sudden I’m referred to as into the chief of safety’s workplace to establish my water bottle on the safety tapes.
And because the shelf with my water bottle was proper subsequent to the door, there was a digital camera that captured it completely, and since I’d texted ine of my companions to complain the second I’d discovered it lacking (I take water significantly, okay) I had actually precise time stamps to work from. So I may go “sure, that’s my bottle proper there, sure I certain drink quite a lot of water, sure that’s me popping out once more to drink water, okay it’ll have been a while between 10am-11am, after which I left as a result of I discovered that I really was actually uncomfortable with the thought of seeing whoever took my bottle.
The reply was that it wasn’t a rogue receptionist, which is sweet as a result of I like our receptionists. It was a employee for an outdoor contractor who had been transforming a few of our workplaces. Presumably he favored Wednesday’s black sports activities cap greater than the inexperienced one I had on the bottle he took on Monday. He was instructed to not come again to our constructing, and I used to be instructed that my firm really took it actually significantly as a result of we now have a good quantity of vital commerce secrets and techniques and we don’t need individuals round who really feel like they’ll simply take issues.
I additionally bought two new good metal water bottles from the corporate, plus for some cause the black sports activities cap again. I threw that one away. And I bought a low stakes journey with a excessive stakes vibe, and a narrative to inform, and likewise a way that my firm takes issues significantly.