My girlfriend is a hopeless romantic. For Valentine’s Day, part of her gift for me included the Office Space DVD and a special edition Red Swingline Stapler. The movie is one of those films that rings true for many people working as I do in a “cube farm.”
Now when my own version of Mr. Lumbergh walks by my cubicle with a “What’s happening…” I will be the envy of him and my other coworkers. They better not move my stapler, though.
The stapler in the movie was designed by the prop department. Swingline never made bright red staplers. After the movie became such a hit, they received so many requests for the red stapler, they designed one to meet the demand. The stapler’s packaging makes a subtle reference to the movie, declaring the stapler “the star of any office space.”
It doesn’t look exactly like the stapler that was spray-painted for use in the movie, but it’s close enough for me. It doesn’t bind up as much. Thanks for the gift, A!
Published or updated February 27, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.