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Crowdsourcing: How Do You Prevent Coworkers From Swiping Your Supplies?

This month we asked nail techs: How do you prevent coworkers from swiping your supplies?

I engrave my initials with the drill on my metal instruments so that my coworker doesn’t swipe them.
Ashley Umgelder, Wellington, Fla.

Take them home with me, even if I have to every night.
@rdavis677
Via Instagram

I have an old makeup case that holds all my more expensive or personal products, and I put that in my locker or take it home when I’m not working.
@glittersandpolishes
Via Instagram

Put a mark or initial on each of your supplies with a marker or nail polish — or scratch your initials on them.
@fantasyfingernails
Via Instagram

I work in an amazing hair salon with one other nail tech. No one touches or bothers our displayed glitters, foils, or gels! It’s a great feeling that you don’t have to worry whether you locked your drawers or cabinets when you left.
@nailedby_nicole
Via Instagram

Usually if you set a boundary they won’t cross it. I never ask to borrow things from people so it doesn’t give them an outlet to come to me when they need to borrow something.
@spacyfreeman
Via Instagram

I keep mine locked in a cabinet at my station. The only things that are easy to access are simple ones, like toe separators, bowls, tub liners, and other random items. The important and expensive items get locked up and catalogued, including my implements.
@caroline_a_garcia
Via Instagram

My co-worker and I have such a great relationship that she is welcome to borrow anything she needs. It’s not about keeping stuff away from each other, it’s about helping each other grow.
@askforolivia
Via Instagram

I never have any problems. We are all good with each other here in the nail room. I keep some supplies at work and bring home my most expensive items with me at the end of every shift in a case.
@deliac83
Via Instagram

Next question:
Do you think licensing requirements should be reduced or even eliminated?
[Answers will be printed in the August 2018 issue.] Share your opinion on the topic by emailing your response by May 15 to [email protected] Please include your name, salon, city and state, and a high-resolution headshot with your response.

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