Does your office have a “free” table?

The current status of the YDR "free table."

The current status of the YDR “free table.” iPhone photo by Sean Adkins.

Every office has a “free table.”

You know … that place where people dump stuff from their house that they don’t want.

Sometimes, bizarre trinkets show up.

Old magazines.

Coupons for random fast food restaurants.

Romance novels with extremely awkward covers.

And, today, our “free table” was the Island of Misfit Toys — literally. 

A strange flock of creepy dolls with beady eyes stared back at my coworker Sean as he stopped in the break room for some soda.

“Who wants this stuff?” I always ask myself, usually on the way to the break room for some coffee.

But, somehow, without fail, the “free table” always ends up empty.

Every weird, random object finds a home.

What is it about free stuff?

Does your office have a free table?

About Lauren Boyer

I'm a Business Reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I cover banking, investing and all sorts of manufacturing, from companies like Harley-Davidson to mom-and-pop operations. I don't go anywhere without my iPad or a large cup of coffee. Contact me with story ideas at 717-771-2062 or lboyer@ydr.com.
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3 Responses to Does your office have a “free” table?

  1. Chris says:

    One of the best things I ever got from the YDR’s Free Table was a small stack of somebody’s junk mail … from the early 1970s.

    I have no idea why somebody kept their junk mail that long.

    I have no idea why he or she then brought it in and placed it on the free table.

    And I’m sure y’all have no idea why I would take it. It was pretty cool to look through, though. A little bit of history and time travelin’.

  2. People can not resist “free” because it is “something for nothing” until it become an obsession. Then it is hoarding.

  3. Oh snap! I have a sealed pregnancy test from a pack of two. LOL I seriously would drop it off for the “free table” so you can track how long until it disappears.

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