People don’t love stationery like you do—it’s okay, you’ve come to terms with it. Unfortunately, that acknowledgement doesn’t seem to help when the sheer ignorance of “non-stationery-appreciaters” affects your private stationery supplies and your mental well-being along with it. Here are 10 of the most jaw-dropping stationery-related offences we can think of.
1. Someone borrows one of your coloured pencils and then puts it back (blunt and unsharpened) in the wrong place.
2. The suggestion that a tablet is far better than a notebook. These people are not only being offensive, they’re living in a dreamland.
3. Your highlighters are returned with dry, crispy nibs because a “non-stationery-appreciater” didn’t replace the caps properly.
4. When a colleague jots notes or scribbles illustrations on your carefully laid out notebook page to help explain a point they’re trying to make. It had your neatest, most tidy handwriting on it and now the whole page is ruined.
5. “Can I grab an envelope? Any one will do.” No. No it won’t.
6. The suggestion that you actually use one of your decorative pencil erasers.
7. Witnessing the unclean ripping out of a notebook page—now you have a tatty notebook and a tatty piece of paper. Who does that?!
8. An audacious request to borrow your fountain pen. Isn’t it common knowledge that a change in pressure on the nib could destroy life as you know it?
9. The notion that it’s perfectly acceptable to causally flip through your day planner during a friendly desk-chat. The day planner is not for touching.
10. When you get absolutely no sympathy for the devastating loss of your favourite pen.
If you’ve suffered any of these stationery-related injustices or have one of your own to add, pop a comment in the box below or on our Facebook post. We’re all here for you. And the best comment will win a 3-month subscription to Papergang by Ohh Deer - a monthly box filled with brilliant stationery and paper products. We’ll contact the winner by 29/9/16 so get commenting with your tragic tales!