9 Jan 2001 gmc333   » (Journeyer)

The company I work at these days is not too bad. I do have one complaint, though. (The triviality of this complaint will indicate just how good I've got it.) In our break room there's a huge soda machine that's been modified to give out free sodas. There are eight buttons for eight different brands, none of which I like.

Apparently other people weren't happy with the choices either, because the receptionist organized a vote on which brands should be in the machine. I voted for the stuff I like, and asked, "why do we need this monster pop machine? Why not replace it with a stand-up cooler or even a smallish fridge, and just stock it with a bit of everything?"

I guess that would have been too easy, because the vote was tallied, the monster pop machine was kept, and one or two brands changed (not to anything I like). No jokes about recounts, please.

So I had a thought today while talking about it with my son. What if I just took a bunch of free pop out of the machine, say a dozen cans, carried them over to the local Albertson's and exchanged them for something I want to drink? Is this stealing? Or is it only stealing if I drink the new soda off the premises? Can you really steal something that's given away for free? Should I care what the store does with the sodas? Just because I don't want to drink that crap doesn't mean I'd be happy about them just throwing it in the trash. Would my coworkers turn on me for depriving them of their decaff Koke Klassik?

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