FrancoFile: It's possible. I filled up my car with the company card more than once.Gets caught in the monthly review, I pay the company back. No big deal.The problem here is that the school district wasn't reviewing bills every month, line by line.
darwinpolice: I doubt it even really needs to happen monthly. Quarterly would be fine.
ramblinwreck: It happens. Really, non-story.
2chris2: About half the time I use a credit card, it's the company card. The other half the time, it's my personal card. It's easy to accidentally use the wrong one, I've made the mistake both ways.
Great Janitor: I used to do expense reporting for a corporation that issued company credit cards. My job was to go line by line, expense by expense. If an expense was more than $25 I had to send an email asking for an explanation, and when that email was answered, I had to attach it to the expense report. The IRS even had guidelines that I had to enforce, even though some corporate people with the terms "Regional Director" or anything with the words "Vice President" thought they were above IRS guidelines. As for alcohol, the rule was very clear: No. Expenses that were not to be paid by us, I had to send an email to that person, CC their boss on it, and explain to them why we weren't covering said expense.When it was a legit "Oops, I didn't mean to do that." I would either receive an email or phone call about it and I'd mark it as non-reimbursable and remind that person that it was up to them to pay it out of pocket. In December it's mostly "I bought a gift for my spouse and I used the company credit card to pay for it so my spouse won't see the credit card bill and see where I bought their gift from, I'll pay this myself, don't worry." and most of the time it's already marked non-reimbursable.By having me go line by line in all the expense reports and question every expense and deny alcohol purchases and other questionable purchases, the company actually SAVED money instead of wasting it blindly on stupid shiat like this. Yeah, there were people who were pissed that their cards were declined because we refused to cover a $500 personal expense, and the interest racked up and hit their own personal credit score, but they read the company and IRS guidelines about the company credit card and signed it, so I never gave them any sympathy.Some of the weirdest things was one district manager would buy lingerie on the company credit card and then yell at me and ask "Do you know who I am?" when I'd mark it non-reimbursable. Found out one district manager was having an affair with a store employee and used the company credit card to pay for the hotel room (found the hotel room expense, found on the receipt the two names, looked up who the other name was in the company directory, found that she was a store employee in his district and that the room wasn't a conference room but a regular over night hotel room, investigation started and soon after the district manager was fired as was the store employee. I would have loved to know how that was explained to the former District manager's wife). One District manager would take his corporate credit card, buy merchandise at Target, then put it one the shelves at his store at a lower price (I tried to explain to him how that wasn't really profitable). Some people managed to eat entirely on their corporate credit cards and justify the expense. I had one meeting with the corporate treasurer where I brought it up and said that we might have a better year, profit wise, if we ended this "If a District Manager works past seven he can expense his dinner." rule. I said "No one has ever said 'I was going to fast tonight, but since I am working, I might as well eat'. These people know they are going to be working late, they should plan accordingly. The people who close the stores at night aren't allowed to expense their dinners and they don't starve." I was then told that I was extremely wrong. I wasn't there much longer. The companytreasurer didn't like a lot of what I said. He wanted to do something and my answer was "I've been in this job for several years and I know that what you want is good on paper, but in practice isn't going to work."
Mock26: Stupid Story Time: I was one on business for two months in Europe (two 1-month trips, with 2 weeks in between). After the trip I turned in my expense report and got a call from the secretary of the department that there was a mistake. When I went to her desk she pointed out the mistake, I had put $0.7 instead of $0.70 on the spreadsheet. She then lectured me for a couple minutes about how that will mess up the numbers!
GBB: This is why credit cards associated with government functions should be labeled "For Official Use Only", so that there is the possibility that someone in the transaction will notice and inquire about it.
HisBoyLeroy: Picked up the check, good tipper, sounds like a righteous dude. I'd throw a couple back with him anytime.
BSABSVR: PLEASE CHECK ID"
austin_millbarge: Sounds legit.No, seriously, it sounds legit. People grab the wrong card all the time. Probably happens thousands of times per day./legit
ReapTheChaos: Happens all the time my ass, what happens is you didn't have the money so you used a company card and figured you would claim it was a "simple mistake" if anyone caught it. You have to be a complete idiot if you cant tell the two cards apart. If they're that similar, take a damn sharpie and place a big X on the company card so you can tell which is which.Carried two separate government issued Visa cards while I was in the military and never once did I even come close to "accidentally" using one for personal expenses, never even started pulling one out of my wallet and wen't woops, wrong one.
Mock26: Do an audit of his expense account for the previous 3-6 months, monitor his expenses for the next 3-6 months. If nothing shows up then it was a mistake.
FrancoFile: It was early in the morning, I was tired, and I was running work errands on the way in. Probably stopped at 3 places to buy supplies with the company card, and gassed up my car in the midst of it. Honest mistake.
Thurston Howell: ... and on the oppsite side of the scale from Great Janitor is where I used to work during the late '90s dot-bomb era, a now-defunct, formerly well-known medical reference/advice website.Financial controls at that corp were not very good. All the senior management and operations types were in North America, all the financial types were in Bermuda (the "headquarters" technically, for tax purposes). Every expense report went to straight to the CFO in Bermuda; didn't even have to be reviewed and approved by your direct superior. Of course the CFO and his staff had zero idea of what expenses were legitimate and which were illegitimate, so literally everything got approved. One of the sales/marketing types I worked with, whose client was a major European pharmaceutical conglomerate, used to expense his personal car lease--on the laughable premise that he needed that car to visit his big pharma client. Apparently the CFO never clued in that you can't drive from the east coast to central Europe.Anyway the tl:dr version is that this website burned through several million a month, and was tits-up within a year and a half. Not having good expense controls can kill you, if the only thing bringing in money is clicks on banner ads.
Great Janitor: I only did expense reporting in one company, and the people who audited our company required us to examine every line entry in an expense report. It was up to me to research any expense that wasn't explained by the submitter. If the auditors found something that I had missed or over looked the company was fined. When I started looking for another job because the job was shifting towards having me take the shiat of the expense report submitters because they didn't like being questioned about every expense, I looked, briefly, at other expense reporting work and they were all surprised that I examined every line entry of an expense report before approving it. It also was probably the reason why I wasn't hired on to do expe ...
buckeyebrain: Mock26: Stupid Story Time: I was one on business for two months in Europe (two 1-month trips, with 2 weeks in between). After the trip I turned in my expense report and got a call from the secretary of the department that there was a mistake. When I went to her desk she pointed out the mistake, I had put $0.7 instead of $0.70 on the spreadsheet. She then lectured me for a couple minutes about how that will mess up the numbers!Uhhhh, doesn't any spreadsheet program automatically lop off the trailing 0 to the right of the decimal in that case? I know Excel does.
mygirlsaysno: So, I'm willing to believe that one time he grabbed the wrong card. Article says it was only one time. However, a school superintendent can't tell the tip has been added automatically? Fire him just for that. Next question.
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