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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!

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Jason

I’ve seen a couple of these around my office. A classic! Congrats. :)

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avatar Jerry

Evidently Amazon doesn’t think you’ll be content with just one stapler. All of their recommendations for me are for another redline stapler.

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avatar Tricia

I appreciate Office Space more and more each time I watch it. I just love Stephen Root.

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avatar Marshall Middle

My favorite part is when he guts the fish on his desk and disassembles his cubicle wall

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