Theft is theft in the case of the intent to steal. If you cleverly
keep mum about the potential value of the "trash" your employer
out, then dumpster-dive and hustle the goods, you're a thief. If you
ask said employer if you may have the cast-offs, and he consents, go
for it. Grow that acorn into a mighty oak.
I come from a standpoint of duty. Too many come from a standpoint of
"Where's mine?". It is such as these that dismantle good societies
one piece at a time. It's just a little piece. That's a nice fence
you have been toiling to build. I'll just take a sliver with my
pen-knife, for a toothpick. Enough slivers taken, no more fence.
When companies WRITE (sp) things off, they have to cover the loss
somewhere. Tax authorities probably look at a pattern of write-offs
as a red flag for audits. You the taxpayer are guilty 'til you prove
your innocence, at your own after-tax expense.
And then the taxes fund colleges, who perpetually complain of lack
of money, then throw stuff out? Couldn't they at least get the
business majors to do a rummage sale?
It's way past time to dump some tea in the harbor.