Taking Another Employee's Chair From His Cubicle

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    (Because he had a better chair.)

    It isn’t stealing. It’s company property and you are taking it to use for corporate use. (Your function in the company.) There is no specific corporate policy forbidding it.

    Is there anything (strictly legally/halachicly) wrong?


    Of course you gave him your chair. (So he does have a chair to sit on.)


    So he’ll just take it back. And then you’ll take it back. And he’ll take it back. And you’ll take it back. …


    I don’t know what the halacha is, but in most offices that would be considered very antisocial behavior. Babies get reprimanded when they take another child’s toy, even if they are using a toy that doesn’t specifically belong to anyone. (eg. at the babysitter, Dr.’s office, playground). That’s training for learning boundaries in adulthood. Somebody who decided they were more entitled to a coworkers chair, stapler, pen, computer etc. would not be seen in a positive light in most offices. The supplies belong to the company, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a free for all to grab what you want at the expense of others.


    Unless the person who took the seat his his direct supervisor or higher up on the management chain, IMO, that was extremely unmenschlech to do that, even if the chair is NOT specifically the other person’s property. A person’s makom kavua (usual place) has importance to him. At the very least, he should have been asked if he would mind if the seat were exchanged with another one.


    Lo sachmod. Lo sisave. Viahavta lireacha kamocha.

    The Frumguy

    So why do you refer to it as “his” chair – it’s the company’s chair?


    Oh wow I always do that after the guy who has the best chair leaves. But I always make sure to return it before i leave so he doesn’t know. No harm done.

    In your situation: Is he a veteran in your office? Are you the rookie at your job? Who’s older? I’m pretty sure these things matter.


    So you’re the one who stole my chair. I’m going to have a word with you tomorrow. Don’t rationalize on my cheshbon!

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