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Cosmetic surgery and teepees: Can you top these wacky T&E requests?

Sure, your A/P people have an eagle eye when it comes to even questionable items employees will try to squeak through on their expense reports.

But it doesn’t take too keen an eye to realize that the following requests were well out of bounds.

Robert Half recently polled more than 1,600 CFOs to find out what the most outrageous items their employees have been asked to be reimbursed for. And they came up with some doozies!

Of course your staffers would know to put the kibosh on these, but they’re certainly worth sharing for a chuckle:

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Pet food
  • Lottery tickers
  • $12,000 family vacation
  • Movie tickets
  • A teepee
  • Speeding ticket
  • Day at the spa
  • Trailer rental for a family vacation
  • Fine for crashing into a toll booth
  • Video game console
  • Hotel charge for adult movies
  • Cigarettes
  • Hot tub supplies
  • Wedding anniversary dinner
  • Pair of socks
  • Grocery receipts
  • Golf trip for an employee and three of his friends
  • Toilet paper
  • New cell phone to replace one an employee lost somewhere in the office
  • Cost of an employee’s son’s birthday dinner
  • Golf clubs
  • Expensive dinner with no clients
  • Replacement suit employee lost himself
  • Flowers an employee brought for his wife

Sure, these will garner a laugh or two. But think about taking it a step further for a little on-the-job fun.

Try printing up this list, then hold a contest to see who can come up with the most creative justifications why A/P should foot the bill for each.

Can you top this list? Share any outrageous T&E reimbursement requests of your own here.


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