Your Company's Strangest Rules and Regulations

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Today's first question comes from reader Anna:

"I have an idea for your Friday Happy Hour questions. My company sent out an email last week that said we are no longer allowed to bring our own artificial sweetener from home (for coffee and tea). The best line was 'It will be confiscated.' We're totally baffled as to why this was a problem that required a mass email from HR, and who exactly will be doing the confiscations. Do others have similar stories?"

Let's find out! What's the weirdest rule put in place by a company you've worked for?

2. Let's say your best friend has been named principal of your local high school, and you owe this friend a big favor. (You know why.) He/she has asked you to start up an extra-curricular activity and serve as advisor. You can organize this club around anything you'd like: The Thumb-Wrestling Team, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, The Litter-Picker-Uppers, The Finer Things Club. What would your club be, and what would you do as leader?

3. Have you ever used your car's panic button? On purpose, I mean. Not the times you accidentally hit it while fumbling around your pockets for your keys.

4. Time to unleash your inner Andy Rooney. If you were given the power to take one ad campaign off the air forever, what would you eliminate? For me, those "He Went to Jared!" jewelery ads are particularly grating. Also, any cable company commercials that promise "Facebook and Twitter on your TV!"

Have a great weekend!