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Back at It Again With Crazy Expense Write-off Attempts

We’re back with more insane expense write-offs submitted by a very ambitious group of employees.

May 4, 2022

Are you ready for another round of insane expenses? We’re back with some more amusing and out-of-this-world attempts that folks tried to pass off within their companies. These poor finance teams… 🤦🏻‍♂️

Here comes the bride.. and a major bill! 👰🏾

Your daughter’s wedding is a once in a lifetime event. You’re surrounded by a room full of family, friends and maybe even your most loyal clients and colleagues – all having a great time.  Nonetheless, this isn’t your ordinary work event. It’s your daughter’s very costly, fairytale wedding that she’s always dreamed of. One father thought it was a good idea to write off the nuptial celebration as a business entertainment expense. If anybody objects to this, speak now or forever hold your peace! While the marriage was a success, we can confirm this expense was not approved. 🚫

Tatted during lunch hour ✍🏽

Picture this: Noon hits and a bunch of your co-workers are headed for a team lunch. Someone decides it’s a great idea to grab a burger and a new tattoo. While your Combo #6 with a side of fries may count as a business meal expense, that fresh ink on your arm definitely won’t. An employee in Boston thought differently when he tried to submit a receipt for a new tattoo, labelling it as a “medical” expense. 😆

Don’t forget the tomatoes, honey! 🍅

A sales representative who worked in advertising claimed to have purchased gourmet gift cards to give to clients. In most cases, this could be deducted as a business expense and the story would end there. However, this sales rep had other plans. He decided to keep the gift cards and go on a major grocery shopping spree! 🛒 Before they could even enjoy their first home-cooked meal, they were caught. Yikes!

An A+ for effort 👩🏼‍🏫

Every parent wants their kids to excel in their school, don’t they? Regardless of how noble her intentions were, one mother attempted to write off her child’s tutoring sessions as a business expense. How did she try to justify this one? Well, she firmly believed that her employer owed her one since she had to spend the majority of her day at work and was unable to tutor her own child. Looks like this assignment failed. 👎🏼 Expense = rejected.

Seasons greetings gone wrong 🎅🏼

In Ohio, one employee submitted an expense for her family’s personalized Christmas cards – 52 of them to be exact. Since she had been working long hours during the holiday season, she supposedly had no other time to design and order them other than during her lunch break. So, she decided that it was only right for her CEO to pay for them! 🤨 Although it’s the season of giving, this expense was definitely not approved.

Whether they have good intentions or not, it’s important for finance managers to monitor and keep track of employee spending to ensure expenses like this don’t fall through the cracks. Thankfully, Float gives you an eagle eye into your daily corporate spending so you can spot anything crazy in real time. Book a demo today!

Written by

Shawn Qanun

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