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Craziest Things Employees Tried to Expense by blogger ,  Jan 6, 2013

That employees sometimes sneak a few extras onto their expense reports is nothing new, but a management consultancy's survey finds some people take the practice to ridiculous lengths.

People have tried to get money from their employer for things such as personal cellphones they lost while in the office, a trip to the spa and a video game console, the survey from Robert Half Management found.

Thought the days were gone when a worker could subsidize crazy living with the company Amex? Oh, you naive paragons of corporate virtue. Even in these days of austerity and job insecurity, up to one-fifth of submitted expenses violate company policy, says Robert Neveu, chief executive of Certify, an expense management software firm based in Portland, Me. The violations can range from minor sins like late receipts to the truly mind-blowing—suffice it to say, not one but two live animals (as well as some fake ones) made the list. “Crazy expenses do get submitted more than one might expect,” Neveu says.
Laser tattoo removal. Submitted by an IT industry worker who decided that tattoos did not fit his/her professional image and sought to ”appear more professional to clients.” Sounds reasonable enough, especially if you’re this guy.

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Here are just some of the items the 1,600 chief financial officers surveyed said workers tried to pass off as company expenses:

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • A trailer rental for a family reunion
  • A $12,000 family vacation
  • A speeding ticket
  • A fine for crashing into a tollbooth
  • Replacement of a lost cellphone in the office
  • Hotel charges for viewing adult movies
  • A day at the spa
  • A golf trip for the employee and his three friends
  • Video game console

CFOs were asked to name the most unusual items they've seen employees include in expense reports in a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, and the results are bound to raise the eyebrows of any financial executive.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery