I Believe You Have My Stapler

I Believe You Have My Stapler

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Updated Oct 21, 2014 at 06:38PM EDT by Brad.

Added Aug 28, 2009 at 01:08PM EDT by Tomberry.

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I Believe You Have My Stapler is a catchphrase originally uttered by the character Milton in the movie Office Space. It is often featured in YTMNDs, image macros, and remix videos.


Office Space was a 1999 comedy by Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge, about a group of employees who hate their jobs, and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Milton Waddams (played by actor Stephen Root) is an eccentric character that has an emotional attachment to his stapler.

The character Milton originally came from a short cartoon from the early 90s MTV show Liquid Television.

The “Excuse-me, I believe you have my stapler ?” catchphrase was featured in a YTMND page in 2004.
According to the YTMND wiki, it became one of the first big hits on the site.

Variations and spread

Following the YTMND popularity, others YTMND fads were made, starring Milton’s incredibly funny face and his famous lines:


An Urban dictionary entry was created on June 18, 2004.

The most famous line from the 1999 hit “Office Space” starring Ron Livingston and directed by Mike Judge. Milton Waddams utters the phrase right after Bill Lumbergh takes his stapler from his desk. The phrase has become a hit amongst internet pop culture.
I believe you have my stapler

Numerous image macros as well as youtube parodies ensued:

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