Wow. My cheapskate story seems quite mild after all these . And I'm nt sure it was cheapskate as much as entitled...
We had a launch party at our office - (change of name, so we were inviting other local businesses etc so they new we were still us, and hadn't been taken over) We have more than one location so there was a party at each location, and the senior managers attended both.
At each party, there was food - mainly canapes and cupcakes, plus wine and fruit juice, and there was a period of about 3 hours when the guests were welcome to drop in.
At party #1, at cheapskates office, when the party came to an end and we were starting to clear up, efforts were made to make sure that staff members who had not been able to come down to socialise got the chance to have some of the cupcakes etc which were left, and then the few leftovers were shared with lots of people taking 1 or 2 cupcakes home. No one took any until after the launch party was finished AND all staff members had had the opportunity to eat.
At party #2, cheapskate attended. Unlike those of us who had attended 'her' party, she did not stay until the end and help clear up. She left about 45 minutes before the party was due to end (so when we might still have guests arriving) and before all members of staff at office #2 had had a chance to try the snacks. She took with her an entire plate full of cupcakes and one of canapes.
When challenged, she said she was planning to take them back to office #1 so they could have a share.. She was quite indignant when it was pointed out that they should be left for the guests who we were expecting during the last hour of the launch. She did eventually leave about half of what she'd planned to take, but carried on making comments about how greedy and selfish office #2 was for about a week afterwards.
(she also used to try to talk us into going to the cheapest possible restuarant / cafe whenever we (as business owners, of whom she was one) were paying for a meal, for instance when a staff member retired. She herself retired late last year, and selected the most expensive place in town for her own leaving do...)