As some of you may already know, I've recently placed a bowl of candy in my office. It serves two main purposes: 1) to keep a supply of candy no more than 3 feet away from me, and 2) to be nice and share candy with people.. because that's just the kind of guy I am.
I've made a few observations over the last few days, and now I'm going to share them with you – whether you like it or not.
- Given the choice between a Snickers bar or a PayDay bar, most people will choose the Snickers.. but when left alone in a bowl, the PayDay's disappear much more quickly.
- People are afraid to take the last candy bar. If I leave one bar in the bowl, it'll stay there. If I add another to keep it company, one of them is very likely to disappear.
- Traffic to my office doesn't seem to have changed much, and not many people come in to get candy when I'm in here. It seems as if they prefer to snatch a bar or two when no one is around to see them do it.
- There is a janitor (named Robert) that apparently takes candy. Robert is not afraid to take the last piece. Robert is also not afraid to go through someone's desk drawers and take even more candy out of them. I've left post-it notes addressed to Robert under the candy, and in my desk – I pray he doesn't force me to escalate matters.
My phone isn't ringing nearly enough. Sometimes that's really hard to cope with.