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I've been thinking about 'universal bait'... Something or things that even the most upstanding person will be compelled to take.

I'd like to discover if anyone enters the Forbidden Lab between Monday (when I return home) and the next time I am here.

I guess I could stick a bit of scotch tape on the door as I leave, but there's the off-chance that the tape could be removed by housekeeping.

So, I've come to the conclusion that I need some sort of bait; something that I can leave in plain sight in the lab that any person entering will, must take.

It's probably more than one item, really.

A pack of cigarettes, a chocolate bar, a dollar, and three quarters? The absence of any of these items would indicate that someone else had enetered the lab.

Any better ideas? Something in addition?

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eloquentwthrage
Jan. 23rd, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
That's actually a good combo: candy bar, cigarettes, loose change and a dollar bill. But what happens if it all disappears? How will you know you don't have more than one universal thief?
thinkingcapp
Jan. 24th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
Personally, if I saw such an arrangement of items I would assume someone was out at the bathroom and would be back soon. Perhaps you could set up some high-tech, stealthy video camera that is tripped when someone enters and then only records for 5 minutes... okay, maybe that isn't feasible. How about a sprinking of glitter in some random shape on each chair? That way you'd know if someone sat on/in it.
thinkingcapp
Jan. 24th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
In thinking about it more... I like the glitter idea because then someone would be walking around with glitter on their posterior!
The nickname "Sparkle-bottom" comes to mind...
readherring
Jan. 24th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
Universal Bait
There's an entire industry devoted to the study of this subject. They are the developers of marketing give-aways. If we can accept their wisdom, then the most universal bait would consist of logo coffee mugs, highlighters, and 50% cotton t-shirts.

But for your application, I'd scratch the chocolate bar and replace it with a half-empty box of chocolates. Someone might feel guilty about stealing your candy bar, but nobody's gonna notice if I take just one chocolate out of this box, right?
peregrin8
Jan. 26th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: Universal Bait
yeah, I agree. I wouldn't take a candy bar that was sitting out, but I would be helpless in the face of an open box of candy with a few pieces already missing.
timehole
Jan. 25th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)

Personally I like the scotch tape idea. I've done that kind of thing on our apartment several times to see if maintenance came in or not. But it only tells you someone's been in, not who. And housekeeping might take your bait also.

Is there any way you could pretend you needed to know who carded into the lab, and see a log file or something, like maybe say something was stolen and then later say you found it and there's no problem? I'm used to thinking in terms of workplaces where I don't really care that much about the job though, it's probably a bad idea for your situation.

thinkingcapp
Jan. 27th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC)
I was discussing this perplexing issue with a friend and she said she would never take something that had been left out unless there was a sign that said, "Have one." She suggested a plate of cookies covered in tinfoil... perhaps you could dust the tinfoil with fingerprint powder that would only show up under ultraviolet light.
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