Vandalism is a strong word, but I cannot think of a better one.
I work in an office of approximately 100 engineers, where a majority of which come from one of two prominent universities. These universities are considered "rivals" and there is often light-hearted banter on the subject generally all around. I have a large magnet representing my alma-matter's logo on the outside of my cubicle facing a frequently used walkway. Almost every morning for the past three months (since I've had this cubicle), the magnet has been moved to the opposite side of my cube wall. Several times, the logo of the other university has been taped up in its place. The first time it happened, me and my nearby coworkers laughed about it, now its getting a bit less amusing. I have no idea who does this.
This is not a big deal. I don't really care, but it is slightly frustrating that it happens with such regularity and anonymity. If someone wants me to limit the scope of my university pride, I will happily do so, but I need to be explicitly told this. This is really a minor annoyance and distraction, not worthy of management attention.
How do I get a minor annoyance to stop without blowing things out of proportion (ie going to management or having a witch-hunt)?
Some actions I've considered:
- Asking everybody: Makes me look paranoid, overly sensitive, and just takes a lot of time
- Putting up a sign: Makes me look paranoid, overly sensitive, AND passive-aggressive
- Talking to a supervisor: Makes me look overly sensitive and wastes his time
- Getting other coworker to covertly investigate: Avoids making me look bad (potentially), but distracts other people from their jobs