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MystyGlyttyr
09-05-2006, 03:21 PM
Here's the set-up. There's a small wicker basket on my desk. I don't know why. It used to have a toy in it which has since disappeared. But so many people thought it had candy in it that I finally turned the basket upside-down on my desk so no one would bother it.

However, my mischievious side has surfaced. I taped a note to the top of the basket, clearly saying "Do Not Lift", and left the basket turned upside down on the desk. (With the approval of my boss, heh heh.) Underneath, I have simply placed a handwritten note..."Thank you for participating in my experiment.

So, I'm going to start taking a tally of everyone who comes in and visibly notices the basket. Anyone who looks at it and doesn't lift it (or just asks about it) gets one mark. Anyone who lifts it up despite the sign gets another mark.

So, anyone want to lay a bet on what percentage of the people who come in and notice the basket lift it up to see what is underneath? :D

Broomjockey
09-05-2006, 03:44 PM
Depends on if you're sitting there or not. Yes, probably half, no, three-quarters. People get more curious when they think they're not being watched.

Becks
09-05-2006, 04:14 PM
I would say that anyone who hasn't lifted it up, or anyone who hasn't heard about the note underneath. Maybe you can change the note every once in a while, to liven things up.

staticradio
09-10-2006, 02:15 AM
One pet peeve of mine is when people leave their baskets in front of the register...some just dropping them instead of setting them on the floor.

Sometimes, people would ask where they went, and I'd point to the exit door before the breezeway/vestibule.

Some would just drop them full and have me empty them. Now, with these people, I test my theory on whether or not they could simply drop them off while leaving the store. I'd state that probably half do, half don't...even when the place to drop off baskets is like 5 steps away!

Most of the time I'd have to ask for the basket, just to keep my work area neat. People are so lazy on giving us foodstuffs to return to shelf that I once found meat in one of the pop coolers in front...well, at least they kept the product cool. ;)

Broomjockey
09-10-2006, 04:18 AM
One pet peeve of mine is when people leave their baskets in front of the register...some just dropping them instead of setting them on the floor.

I always leave my hand basket at the end of the belt, on the floor, at the grocery store, but that's because if I'm using the hand basket, I'm going to be walking home, with both arms full of groceries, so I'm not gonna be able to put it back on my way out, and I'm not gonna leave the till with all my groceries to go put it back either.

MystyGlyttyr
09-10-2006, 09:30 PM
Well, after four days, I gave up on the experiment. Why?

A grand total of three people even noticed the damn basket. People actually bumped into it without noticing it, let alone doing anything with it.

My conclusion after this experiment?

Hanging a sign on the basket rendered it invisible to the SC eye. :lol:

So, maybe on Tuesday when I go back to work, I'll take the sign off and just leave the basket upside-down. Maybe that'll have an effect.

Ringtail Z28
09-11-2006, 07:41 PM
That gives me an idea for an experiment (or is it prank) of my own. I'll put a bunch of chocolate laxatives in a container with a big sign saying "Laxatives: Do Not Eat" and leave it on my desk. Since my coworkers are so SCish anyways, they're sure to stuff their faces without reading the sign. :devil:

RecoveringKinkoid
09-11-2006, 07:49 PM
Just put sugar-free chocolate in there. If they pig out, they will spend time on the throne. Or, at the very least, be filled with the worst intestinal gas they've every experienced. Eat one or two, you'll probably be okay. Eat three, you're pushing it. Eat 5 or more, well, you'll probably fly around the room like a balloon.

Malitol syrup, the sweetening agent in sugar free candy. It's the double edged sword of low carbers and diabetics everywhere! :devil:

JustADude
09-12-2006, 03:08 AM
That gives me an idea for an experiment (or is it prank) of my own. I'll put a bunch of chocolate laxatives in a container with a big sign saying "Laxatives: Do Not Eat" and leave it on my desk. Since my coworkers are so SCish anyways, they're sure to stuff their faces without reading the sign. :devil:

Heh... nice way around the 'food tampering' thing mentioned in another thread. You're telling them exactly what it is, and warning them not to take it. :angel: If they do, they don't have a leg to stand on.

Salesmonkey
09-12-2006, 04:19 PM
I think you have discovered a new Rule of Business. I propose:
"Posting a sign or instruction placard on an object
renders said object invisible"

gundam40
09-12-2006, 04:31 PM
So if you posted a sign on yourself, you'd be invisible!? :devil:

MystyGlyttyr
09-12-2006, 05:34 PM
Nah. That falls under the "nametag" clause, unfortunately...

Salesmonkey
09-12-2006, 05:35 PM
So if you posted a sign on yourself, you'd be invisible!? :devil:

Well... I wear a nametag at work and people still will look straight at me and ask my name.

Mikkel
09-12-2006, 06:07 PM
Well... I wear a nametag at work and people still will look straight at me and ask my name.

Then the tag disappear, that's a start, you will have to be smaller or get a bigger tag to disappear completely :wave: .