M said: "Basically, this is just an excuse to play a practical joke. If you truly wanted to help security and your employer, you'd simply lock the unlocked station instead of sitting around wasting everyone time."
What I'm saying is that there should be no evildoers traipsing around in your office anyway, so what you're shielding yourself from is this kind of "hilarious" office humour.
I'm certainly not averse to humour, and I've been known to even smile every now and then, but I wouldn't feel comfortable in an environment like that. There are other ways of building a good atmosphere/spirit at the workplace.
Besides, some of these pranks I've heard of are downright nasty.
Think of it this way:
What if your co-workers kept secretly attaching "I'm a dork!" -signs on your back without you noticing? What if they did that every single time they could?
- You know, just because you should learn to "watch your six" at all times. After all, you never know when that habit might come in handy!
Damien: I do have access to things, but just about every single office building in Helsinki has its doors locked all the time, and employees use keycards/whatnot to get in.
This means that disgruntled former employees can't get in either because they won't have keys anymore.
On the other hand, if all offices are open to anyone in America, then it definitely is a good idea to lock your computers.
But if you'll get punk'd for spending 30 secs away from your computer, it could be that your co-workers are not paying enough attention to their work.
Think about the awesomitude of not having to worry about pranks all the time..