We don't like to think of ourselves as thieves, but, as it turns out, a large percentage of us have stolen something --even though it might be something small.

Most us have "stolen" something in our lives, even if it was by accident. Maybe you borrowed something and simply forgot you had it and never gave it back. That might not even count as stealing. It certainly doesn't make you a thief or a criminal. But, when you think about it, there are plenty of opportunities for petty theft. What about taking extra condiments at your favorite fast food joint?

USA Today lists some of the most common items that people steal --some by accident, and some on purpose.

  • PENS

    1) PENS - It is so easy to walk off with an ink pen, whether it's from a co-workers desk, or it's at the check-in counter at the doctor's office. That would explain why pens are often tied down, or there is a cup filled with 87 ink pens.

    (Andrews Rodriguez)

    Say what?? Yes, it's true. This is stealing. When you cut in line, you are actually stealing someone's time because they have to wait longer. How about when you're standing in line, and a new register opens up - do you rush to be the first in line, or do you let the next person in line take the spot?

    (Noel Hendrickson)

    Of course, taking the shampoo and soap is not stealing. It's there for you to use -- or to take. After all, you ARE paying for it whether you use it or not. But, according to the report, 35% have admitted to stealing things like sheets and towels.I will never understand this. It's not like the basic, standard hotel towels are anything special.


    How many people have a drawer at home with extra ketchup and hot sauce packets? They are handy to have around in case you are every caught without the bottle of ketchup that you actually pay for. So, the question is, if you are dining in at Taco Bell and you take five packets of hot sauce, but only use three, should you put the extra ones back, leave them on the table, or just take them with you?  You didn't INTEND to take extra packets, so is it actually stealing? And do you really need all of those extra napkins?

    (Craig Veltri)

    So, you're scanning through a magazine at the doctor's office and you find an interesting article - suddenly-and unexpectedly quick -they call your name. Do you take the magazine with you? Sorry, that is stealing. Have you ever borrowed a book from a friend --and by the time you finish reading it you have forgotten where it came from or even that you borrowed it?


    (Catharine Yeulet)