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Weirdest Things Listed On Employee Expense Reports

Ah, the employee expense report. So much information, so much room for fudging.

At least this is how CFOs feel after telling Robert Half Management Resources about the weirdest things they've ever seen employee include on expense reports. Some of the wacky expenses employees have tried to run past management in this recession include cosmetic surgery, lottery tickets, trailer rentals, pet food, teepees, speeding tickets, expensive family trips, and fines for crashing into toll booths. Hey, it's hard to see where you're going when you're trying to text.

But a recent survey by expense tracking software firm Concur says that recession-wary employees are leaving money on the table intentionally as they write their expense reports. A full 22% of employees Concur surveyed were "too embarrassed" to ask for total reimbursement; 5% felt too guilty; and roughly half (49%) felt it was too much trouble to itemize every single expense and then prepare an adequate defense. Plus, having to tape receipts on all four sides gets old really, really fast.

Either employees don't want the hassle of asking for their $2.50 back or they're buying teepees expecting their employers to reimburse them. It's one or the other, apparently, and all in a day's work.


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