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What's the difference between a freebie and stealing?

12 March 2013
What's the difference between a freebie and stealing?

According to a survey by Paintballing.co.uk, the lines between taking something that is clearly a freebie and stealing someone else's property have become blurred.

Hotel shampoos, other people's internet, pick & mix sweets and office stationery have all been named as items it's socially acceptable to steal in the survey.

The survey of 1,000 adults asked which items they felt it was acceptable to steal without feeling guilty.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, items from hotels topped the list, with more than nine out of 10 people (93%) saying they were acceptable to steal.

Unsecured internet came next, with almost nine out of 10 people (88%) saying they would happily access a neighbour's network if it wasn't password protected.

Condiments from restaurants came next on the list, with more than half of respondents (55%) saying they would happily pocket them without remorse.

Pub beer glasses were next, with 37% of those polled saying they felt no guilt whatsoever in taking these home after a night out.

A spokesman for Paintballing.co.uk said: "Everyone loves a freebie but it seems the lines between what is intended as a complimentary give-away and what is someone else's property isn't always clear.

"It seems many of us believe we can help ourselves to all manner of things without a moment's hesitation or guilt."

TOP 10 "FREEBIES"

1 Hotel shampoo and other items 93%2 Unsecured internet 88%3 Restaurant condiments 55%4 Pub beer glasses 37%5 Office stationery 27%6 Colleague's tea/coffee 22% 7 Pick & mix sweets 17%8 Supermarket fruit 11%9 Pens from IKEA/Argos/Ladbrokes 8%10 Park flowers 3%

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