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Serenity Now! Silliness in the Office

Office workers are known to reach Seinfeldian levels of possessiveness when it comes to supplies; A nice pair of scissors, a new roll of tape, and, yes, the infamous red stapler are just a few examples. And who's surprised? When your authority is limited to a 5'x5' cubicle and your five bosses micro-manage you into submission, every last No. 2 pencil becomes an asset in your miniature empire.

No doubt it's this same frenzied obsessiveness that inspired the Lockcup, the latest addition to the office supply arsenal. Yes, that's right, a coffee cup protected from rogue users by its very own lock and key. Something tells me that while Office Space's Swingline-coveting Milton Waddams wouldn't be a Lockup customer, Seinfeld's George Costanza might... Somebody please tell me this was designed more for humor than actual application!

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  • pat griffin

    Replacement of worn or broken office supplies need to be kept to the same brand/model/color. If a new item or tool is introduced, plan on buying for all. Employees almost aways measure their value by the newness of their equiptment. Those who are over looked take it as a slap in the face.