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In 2004, a cafeteria in the Russian parliament, prompted by a rash of disappearing cutlery, building began forcing MPs to use plastic spoons. Gennady Raikov, head of the parliament's Credentials and Ethics Commission, was hardly surprised. "MPs would even roll up a carpet or two and slip them out," he told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, "if they thought they could get away with it."

[In its first decade of operation London's Quaglino's restaurant "lost" 25,000 of its Sir Terence Conran-designed Q-shaped ashtrays. It later offered an amnesty to patrons who had "inadvertently allowed one of our iconic 'Q' shaped ashtrays to slip into your pockets."]

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