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Old 03-14-2016, 04:54 PM   #11
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I assume there was a bed of lettuce.....
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:42 PM   #12
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One more expenses story.
Attended a convention in San Francisco with the publisher and a co-worker. Publisher invited us to dinner at his five-star hotel. We closed the restaurant down. I think it was 2am when the bill arrived with dozens of liqueurs and fancy coffees itemized. The bill was about 2 1/2 feet long.
Publisher passed it over to me and I paid, many hundred dollars plus tip.
Back at the office, I submitted my expenses, and he approved them.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:15 PM   #13
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One more expenses story.
Attended a convention in San Francisco with the publisher and a co-worker. Publisher invited us to dinner at his five-star hotel. We closed the restaurant down. I think it was 2am when the bill arrived with dozens of liqueurs and fancy coffees itemized. The bill was about 2 1/2 feet long.
Publisher passed it over to me and I paid, many hundred dollars plus tip.
Back at the office, I submitted my expenses, and he approved them.
A textbook example of a conflict of interest. That probably happened a lot in the past, but could be grounds for termination now in properly managed companies. Ah, the good old days...
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:19 PM   #14
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He was the boss.
And, he did move on.
I don't think they could afford his bar bills.
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One more expenses story.
Attended a convention in San Francisco with the publisher and a co-worker. Publisher invited us to dinner at his five-star hotel. We closed the restaurant down. I think it was 2am when the bill arrived with dozens of liqueurs and fancy coffees itemized. The bill was about 2 1/2 feet long.
Publisher passed it over to me and I paid, many hundred dollars plus tip.
Back at the office, I submitted my expenses, and he approved them.
I actually worked in the consulting arm of one of the big eight accounting firms a number of years ago and when I started they told me they had appointed one of the young grads as entertainment chairman. His job was to pick up all the checks at client and non client lunches. I thought this was odd until one day he brought in his expense account for my approval. And these guys were auditing other people. I only stayed a few months (even though the lunches were free).
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A textbook example of a conflict of interest. That probably happened a lot in the past, but could be grounds for termination now in properly managed companies. Ah, the good old days...
Sort of depends on the policy. I'm given an allowance for client entertainment - and the biggest bill I ever footed for such was around $3000. But, it helped land us another $500K in business, so it was actually money very well spent.
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Yes, this is the way the corporate world does business. Nothing really wrong with that in most cases, but it made it difficult for me as a government employee to deal with industry. They were constantly trying to give me stuff, buy me dinners, etc., which I had to refuse.

Pretty soon I realized that they weren't trying to bribe me; this was just the way they were used to doing business with each other, and I had to follow different rules. I had to stay on my toes about this stuff all the time.
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I was a buyer in private industry and we also saw the "double standard" in roles. As a buyer, I was able to go out to dinner, but not accept anything of value. Now, on the other hand, those in sales constantly blew tons of money on their clients. Never could figure out who they were treating to these great prizes.
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