Re: Back in the distant past, before I worked for HP...
Back in (pre-split) HP days we had stationery cupboards, guarded by admins (remember them?) well stocked with notepads, pens etc.
I used to work for HP. And the so-called "admins" were sleeping in their job.
I would "raid" their stationary hoard and make sure our floor's were well stocked. And then they would (later) come down and ask if they could "borrow" for ours.