Coworker Got Fired. When Can I Raid His Desk?

This guy who sits near me got fired (I think).  I’m not totally sure what happened.  All I know is that the company is going through a major overhaul and he packed up his stuff and dipped earlier this week; I gotta assume he’s never coming back.  But he left most of his stuff there minus his personal stuff that he took with him.  He’s a good dude, and I’m sad to see him go.  I sit with literally all females except him, so we had a special little bond that I will miss for sure.

With that being said, he’s not coming back and he’s got good stuff on his desk.  So when does the morning period end and the healing begin?  When can I take supplies off his desk for myself?  He has a keyboard/desk cleaner that I am in DESPERATE need of.  I would imagine he has tissues and pens and maybe even forks, all things that are in short supply in the office.  Again, I wish he were still here.  But I feel like he would want me to have it.  If he can’t clean his desk, he’d want me to clean my desk with his desk cleaner.  If roles were reversed, I’d want him to do the same.

The problem is that other people in our immediate area worked very closely to him and will likely take longer to accept the fact that business and business and he’s gone.  I know him because he sits near me and I walk past his desk multiple times a day, he’s always down to try new Nature Box snacks, etc.  Our professional relationship ended there.  And I don’t want to offend anybody else by taking his stuff for my own benefit.  But at the same time, are we going to let it sit there until some loser takes over his desk and reaps the benefits of a desk-full of quality office supplies?  I cannot allow that.

Here’s what I’m thinking.  If I get in Monday morning before everyone else, it’s all fair game.  Odds are they’ll know I’m using his desk cleaner.  But at that point they’d already have had the work week and the weekend to let these changes sink in.  We’ve gotta move on.  SOMEBODY should use his stuff.  If we’re cutting costs and firing good people, it would be professionally irresponsible to let perfectly good supplies go to waste.  Plus, what if he has snacks?

That desk/keyboard cleaner is as good as mine.

 

 

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