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MrsCrazyPete

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2013, 06:55:49 AM »
If I were you, I'd wait to ask for something new until she's already at the supply cabinet. As in, she's reaching in to grab supplies and you pop in with your request. "Hey, since you're already in here, can I have a new box of paper clips? Oh, my post-its are about to run out too; I'll need a new pack." That way it's more convenient for her to hand you a new pack rather than do hand-me-downs.
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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2013, 03:42:51 PM »
Are you able to go into the supply closet to get items for yourself? Why use Kim as a middleman at all?

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2013, 03:49:50 PM »
Are you able to go into the supply closet to get items for yourself? Why use Kim as a middleman at all?

She's the only one with keys.

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2013, 11:22:06 AM »
If I were you, I'd wait to ask for something new until she's already at the supply cabinet. As in, she's reaching in to grab supplies and you pop in with your request. "Hey, since you're already in here, can I have a new box of paper clips? Oh, my post-its are about to run out too; I'll need a new pack." That way it's more convenient for her to hand you a new pack rather than do hand-me-downs.

Yep. POD on this. It will be much more difficult for her to give you hand-me-downs when she's already in the supply closet. If she denies you while she's in there, then you would have a good opportunity to ask what the deal is.

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2013, 11:44:58 AM »
I'm a little confused about one thing.. was it Barb that wanted the new keyboard, or Kim? Kim told you that Barb asked her to get the new keyboard for Barb? If so, that's weird of Barb but if she is the office manager, maybe she had a reason. Maybe hers was broken, and she figured since yours still worked fine, she'd take the new one?

Also, is it possible that Kim is just giving you what she has on her desk so she doesn't have to get up right that minute and go to the supply cabinet?

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2013, 07:09:55 PM »
I'm a little confused about one thing.. was it Barb that wanted the new keyboard, or Kim? Kim told you that Barb asked her to get the new keyboard for Barb? If so, that's weird of Barb but if she is the office manager, maybe she had a reason. Maybe hers was broken, and she figured since yours still worked fine, she'd take the new one?

Also, is it possible that Kim is just giving you what she has on her desk so she doesn't have to get up right that minute and go to the supply cabinet?
But if hers was broken, then op ends up with a broken one.  If hers needs to be replaced, she needs to go through the proper channels.

Op says that 80% of the time Kim gets up to go get the items right away and 20% shortly there after.

I'm wondering if there is a slight "I'm higher ranked so I should get the new stuff" in her brain.  Still not a good mindset but not as malicious.

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2013, 12:29:31 PM »
I don't see how this could be rude, just seems like a good way to help cut back on waist. If she's the only one with a key, it may be because the higher ups like the way she deals with it.

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Re: This feels off... Hand-me downs and unusual behavior.
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2013, 02:04:12 PM »
From the first post, it appears to me that Barb was communicating with Kim about whether the OP did or did not deserve the new keyboard. Is it possible that Barb said something like, 'Some people around here just go through office supplies like water, I think they must be taking them home for their own use.'? In that case, is it possible that Kim is trying to protect her coworkers, so that if she's questioned about getting office supplies too frequently, she can reply that she was getting them for herself? Because that's definitely how I'd handle the situation if the upper echelons were being stingy about people having enough supplies to do their work.