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6 Craziest Things People Have Tried to Expense at Work

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:32 AM

There are business expenses and then there are "business expenses." Some may seem legitimate, but there are also some crazy claims being filed, as you will find in this list of the six most over-the-top things people have tried to expense at work, as listed by Reader's Digest.

1. The suspicious bar tab. A group of employees once tried to expense strippers but masked it as booze, said Tara R., who had to process (and reject) the expense report.

2. A rich man's quarter. Suzie L., a lawyer in Florida, had a particularly strange experience and it all revolved around 25 cents.

"I worked for a flashy guy with a $2.5 million house and we shared an assistant. He was considered far more important than me," she said. "I needed help one day but our assistant said she was busy. She was expensing out a single 25-cent toll receipt for him."

3. Sneaking school supplies. Why pay for school supplies when you can just take it from work? That was the reasoning of one employee who tried to order enough stationery to last his children's school year.

"I noticed one employee had an exceptionally long list of office supplies expensed one month, including things like a protractor and graphing calculator," said Francine C. of New York. "It was basically everything his kids needed for that school year. I would have been sympathetic if I didn't also know how much he makes!"

4. The price of beauty. Looking beautiful comes at a price, but this is not an expense that a company should pay for. That did not stop an executive from trying. "One of our executives was moderating a panel at a big industry event and thought she could expense her Botox injections," said Melody F. of Connecticut. "She went so far as to have her assistant file the expense, which we promptly denied. The executive insisted it should be covered by the company so she could represent us looking her best. Still denied."

5. Tutoring a child. It's not always easy to juggle work and family responsibilities, but one mom had an idea of how to alleviate some of the stress. She would get her company to pay for her son's math tutor. Her motivation? She was not able to help him with his homework because she was not at home but at work. It is little wonder her request was rejected.

6. A special gift. Don't want to pay for groceries? Neither did an employee from a publishing company, who hatched a plan to buy gourmet baskets to give to clients but then used them for her groceries. She managed to get away with it for some time before finally being caught.

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