*Now before you get your dandruff up, nobody’s saying you need to be put in jail. And you probably feel like the tiny, little item(s) you may have forgotten to return wouldn’t be missed anyway. Heck, you can probably even justify why you took the thing and neglected to give it back.
Still, you took it and you didn’t return it. In any language, that’s called theft!
Think I can’t possibly be talking about you? Think again.
1. Hotel Amenities.
Uh huh. You know you love staying at nice hotels with those fluffy white towels and linens.
More than one-third (35 percent) of hotel guests admit to stealing them. Of the countries surveyed, it looks like Denmark steals the least from hotels, and Colombia admits to stealing the most. The U.S. was not at the bottom, but we did rank pretty low on the honesty list, ranking in at No. 23 out of 29 countries.
2. Ink Pens.
This has got to be the number one “Oops! Is this yours?” item. If you take a look in your home office drawer, 4 out of the 5 pens you see most likely belonged to someone else at one time.
3. A spot in line at the store.
I know. I know. We don’t think of cutting in line as “stealing” – after all, its not like its a tangible item. But look at it this way, you’re actually stealing time from someone.
That person now has to wait longer because the line cutter stole the spot he or she waited for. This can be a dangerous move, depending on how the person who stood there waiting reacts to what you did.
The Journal of Personality of Social Psychology studied how people react in this situation. Although its research is dated, it is still compelling. When someone cuts in line, people object 54 percent of the time. When two people try to cut, however, people objected much more frequently — about 91 percent of the time.