This business had a tricky situation when visiting Singapore. When this client decided to be awkward, a cunning plan forms to make him pay…literally pay!
John, our protagonist (or OP), hailed from a country in Europe known for its low living cost.
The Most Expensive Destination
His professional journey took him to Singapore, one of the more expensive global destinations.
Discovering Budget Friendly Dining
Over time, he discovered places where he could relish good food at reasonable prices, aligning with his taste preferences.
Coming In Under Budget
Despite his company’s daily food allowance of $60, John’s thrift led him to spend a modest $25-30 per day.
His highest expenditure barely scraped $50, a testament to his careful spending habits in a foreign land.
A Clients Constantly Complained
In a project that dragged longer than anticipated, with the client’s incessant complaints (mostly unjustified), John’s company suggested a new strategy.
Splashing the Cash Was Meant to Calm Him Down
John was advised to wine and dine the client to alleviate the growing tension.
A budget of $200-$250 was proposed for the occasion.
Dinner Without Booze Was Light on the Wallet
Not being a heavy drinker, John’s dinner with the client was light on the alcohol and the wallet.
It concluded with a bill that just exceeded his regular daily allowance, totaling $60.68.
The total was well within the special dinner budget, yet curiously over his normal daily limit.
Filing His Expense Report
As the month wrapped up, John filed his expense report.
He attached a special note to clarify the situation for the dinner bill.
His company understood and accepted the expense.
An Unexpected Financial Fiasco
However, the client disputed it, deeming the expense unacceptable and refusing to cover the overage.
John explained the dinner scenario to the customer, but his justification fell on deaf ears.
His Claim Went Invalidated
The manager who had approved the budget fell ill and was unavailable to validate the claim.
The client demanded an explicit confirmation from this manager before the middle of the month.
His Boss Swept in and Covered It
Amidst this absurdity, John’s boss decided to cover the amount in dispute.
He reimbursed the full $60.68, going above and beyond to address a mere 68-cent overage.
That Much Fuss Over Less Than a Dollar?!
The client remained firm: no receipt exceeding the $60 limit would be accepted.
But He’d Budgeted All the Other Days!
John faced the client after this ordeal, reminding him that his daily expenses averaged below $27.
This logic, however, was overshadowed by the client’s insistence on not accepting receipts over $60.
Crafting a Strategy
John, not one to back down, came up with a clever plan.
He convinced his favorite eateries to print $60 receipts for each of his meals, splitting the remaining value between a tip for the server and a refund to him.
Now the Client Questioned His Consistency
The next month’s report created an uproar.
The client, noticing the consistent $60 receipts, questioned John about the change.
Just Following the Rules
His response? He was merely adhering to the client’s rule that no receipts over $60 would be covered.
The Result of the Rebellion
The client attempted to complain to John’s company, only to be met with confusion.
Unable to explain which agreement was broken, he eventually stopped pursuing the issue.
He Always Claimed the Maximum
For the remaining two months, John continued to claim the maximum amount.
His clever trick yielded a $700 profit and even better food experiences.
Well-Earned Petty Revenge!
While he had to deal with the difficult client even more, the whole experience was worth it.
John believed it was a small price to pay for asserting his rights and enjoying some well-earned petty revenge.
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