>Off the Beaten Path>Is it stealing?
There is a bottle of mustard in the break room refrigerator at work. I don't know who it belongs to. It is mostly full. I used some of it on a sandwich today without saying anything. Is that theft? Is that the same as taking someone's lunch from the fridge? Should I leave a note on the mustard bottle? Thoughts?
was it Poupon or French's?
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No name on the bottle in a community fridge? not stealing.
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No one can own mustard. Mustard has one purpose in life, to flavor a sandwich.
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it's no different than banditting a race. Just don't bandit a race carrying a bottle of mustard. People will think you're strange.
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That was you?
Perhaps I should not have used a mustard bottle to store my human biology experiment. Sorry, my bad.
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The word "stealing" is a bit harsh in this case, but it was not yours. I have done that as well, so I'm not saying it is ok. Stealing? Probably not. Rude and somewhat disrespectful? Maybe...
A Saucy Wench
This is really more a question of cultural norms in your particular tribe. I've worked in offices where condiments were common property. I've also worked in offices where nobody was allowed to leave anything in the fridge more than a day, so if it had been there the day before, it was illegal mustard.
I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets
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No one here will be able to clear your conscience for you. You must do it yourself.
That said it was a dab of effing mustard. Relax. Unless you drowned your sammich in it.
In a more blatant case, here's my tale of woe:
I stayed at a B&B before the Salmon Marathon. Put my Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso cans, my pre-race staple, in the community fridge. Race morning I got up and guess what, some asshat had stolen it. Obviously this is not replaceable on race morning. They also took our neighbor's lemonade.
At least they left the shower beer and kombucha.
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What kind of a lazy bastard leaves mustard in the break room kitchen? If you can't take it home, it is community property!
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Well, in English law (and I suppose its somewhat similar in the US) this would probably be theft subject to a couple of things.
Honest belief that the owner would consent in the circumstances is a defence.
In any case dishonesty is a key ingredient which is ultimately a jury question - in the UK the jury are directed roughly as follows: Was what the defendant did, by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people dishonest and, if so, did he realise that by those standards what he did was dishonest?