The Top Five Things People Like To Steal

Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies. I do enjoy Fleetwood Mac’s music and for years people have been convincing themselves that there IS a difference between a lie and a ‘white lie’. Y ’know, the lies that don’t really count. If you asked most people on the street, they will vehemently deny ever having been a thief in their lifetime. However, most of us at one time or another have magically ‘borrowed’ something that wasn’t ours and conveniently it never got returned. Here is my top five list of things people like to steal.

  1. PENS- Does it really matter when you realize five minutes after leaving the Chinese takeout place that you lifted the one pen they had to sign off on the credit card slips. Nah! You ‘earned’ that pen from paying more than you should anyway . . . that is at least according to you. Whether it is a hotel room, the cube next door at work, or even at somebody’s home, pens walk away from their rightful owner every single day.
  2. HOTEL AMENITIES- I know some of you have literally lifted anything and everything from hotel rooms. There is a reason they started making hangers that don’t even have a hook on them. That’s because all of you steal soaps, shampoos (ooh- love me some Moulton Brown), towels, and even bathrobes. Go ask Axel Foley, he got a bunch from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
  3. CONDIMENTS- I would admit in my blog that I’ve walked away with a several months supply of equal from Starbuck’s, but I’ve certainly seen it many times. Why is it that when condiments are FREE to us, we feel justified to take five times the normal allotment for our home stash? Ever since the peel and dip change Heinz made on their ketchup packets, it is noticeable how most people end up taking six or eight ketchups instead of two.
  4. SPOTS IN LINE- We all hate lines. Long, long lines. So when the opportunity presents itself we all jump at the chance to not have to wait our turn. At the bank, at the ballgame, and even waiting for our children’s chorus concert so we don’t get stuck in the back row.
  5. MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS-  When you sit in the doctor’s office and start to think about all of your out of pocket costs, that issue of Road & Track magazine starts to change its rightful ownership to you. When newspapers are free, we will pick up one for our friend or our spouse as long as it doesn’t cost us any money. Even in the days of CD’s, who didn’t do the six CD’s for one penny and then change your address to a P.O. Box?

These are my top five.   What item do you have to add to the list?

Written by: Ted Jenkin
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My friends and family all think I’m a workaholic, but I say I’m just a guy that loves to help people do better in life.

My mother is still the only one that calls me by my real name Theodore Michael, my wife calls me Teddy, but for the rest of you it is just plain old Ted.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved money and being an entrepreneur. In fact, I still have cassette tapes of me talking to my grandmother at the age of five and my mother tells me all the time how much I played with money as a kid...

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Ted Jenkin is a frequent guest columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Headline News Weekend Express. He is the co-CEO of oXYGen Financial. You can follow him on LinkedIn @ www.linkedin.com/in/theceoadvisor or on Twitter @tedjenkin.

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