I work in a cubicle-farm style office. It’s interesting to see what happens when someone leaves the company and vacates their cubicle. First there is sort of a mourning period where people will walk by and look into the empty space… pause for a moments contemplation and then move on. After 2 or 3 days go by something magical happens. One person will enter the cubicle and start going through the office supplies that were left behind. Once that first person breaks the seal, a feeding frenzy begins. Folders and pens and coat hooks and chairs are all up for grabs. If you miss out on the initial rush then you are usually out of luck unless you had been searching for a half empty box of staples.