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    I work in a pharmacy which is part of a really big chain. One half of the shop is dedicated to the pharmacy department which is where I work, and the other half is dedicated to cosmetics/perfumery, and sells high end ranges of makeup, cosmetics etc.
    The woman who runs this department does not think twice of throwing away full items (like whole foundations, boxes of unused samples, powders etc) for simple reasons like they are going out of date, they don't sell well etc. If it was me I would offer them at least to staff. A while ago another woman who helps run that department (she only started a few months ago) was found with a whole shopping bag full of samples and it was believed she was going to sell them, which obviously you aren't allowed to do. It wasn't proven but I wonder whether this is the reason why she now throws them out instead of offering them to avoid a repeat of last time.
    Anway one time I was putting the bin out and noticed all this stuff in there, I took it out of the bin and kept it (it was only a paper bin not a filthy one haha) and some of it I gave to my mum. Don't get me wrong it was not a large quantity. Would you say this is stealing? I don't think it is as it has been thrown out so not wanted, and nobody would miss it haha, but I feel a bit guilty for some reason? I am a very honest person.
    Also, in the pharmacy department, care homes have to return meds to us at the end of every month regardless of if they are used or not, and absolutely everything has to be thrown out. Some are really expensive creams that I actually use myself, and the seal hasn't even been broken. Would you say this is stealing if I were to keep one or two of these, as they are only going to go in the bin so it saves them being wasted? I don't know why I feel bad, I have never taken anything before!!
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    You may have been informed about it from your training. I think technically it is against the rules for you to take it, but I understand your reasons for taking it. Have you asked your manager whether you are allowed to take a few pieces, or purchase at a discounted price?
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    If you take them believing that she would give them to you because she just wants to get rid of them anyway, then it's not stealing.
    If you take them but think that she would not consent to give them to you, then it is.
    But ask her to be sure~ ?
    And as cheesecakelove rightly pointed out, you could ask about getting them at a discounted price and if she does not really care she'll most probably tell you to have them free of charge.
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    Im not even going to bother reading it.

    If you have to ask then it probably is

    (Original post by javvyjingle)
    I work in a pharmacy which is part of a really big chain. One half of the shop is dedicated to the pharmacy department which is where I work, and the other half is dedicated to cosmetics/perfumery, and sells high end ranges of makeup, cosmetics etc.
    The woman who runs this department does not think twice of throwing away full items (like whole foundations, boxes of unused samples, powders etc) for simple reasons like they are going out of date, they don't sell well etc. If it was me I would offer them at least to staff. A while ago another woman who helps run that department (she only started a few months ago) was found with a whole shopping bag full of samples and it was believed she was going to sell them, which obviously you aren't allowed to do. It wasn't proven but I wonder whether this is the reason why she now throws them out instead of offering them to avoid a repeat of last time.
    Anway one time I was putting the bin out and noticed all this stuff in there, I took it out of the bin and kept it (it was only a paper bin not a filthy one haha) and some of it I gave to my mum. Don't get me wrong it was not a large quantity. Would you say this is stealing? I don't think it is as it has been thrown out so not wanted, and nobody would miss it haha, but I feel a bit guilty for some reason? I am a very honest person.
    Also, in the pharmacy department, care homes have to return meds to us at the end of every month regardless of if they are used or not, and absolutely everything has to be thrown out. Some are really expensive creams that I actually use myself, and the seal hasn't even been broken. Would you say this is stealing if I were to keep one or two of these, as they are only going to go in the bin so it saves them being wasted? I don't know why I feel bad, I have never taken anything before!!
 
 
 
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