A rant thread...fantastic!
It just so happens that I have a grumble especially saved up for this!
At the moment I have a number of colleagues from the continent visiting for a project I am working on. Two of them arrived yesterday and I took the opportunity to order lunch through one of the PAs. Just an ordinary lunch - sandwiches, crisps, a few cakes and some drinks. Sure, there were a number of us - 16 all told - but this is not excessive.
At the end of the day I was presented with the invoice for me to sign-off and charge against my project...what I saw left me stunned!
£200 FOR SOME LOUSEY BL***Y SANDWICHES!!!
That equates to £12.50 per head. Had I known this, I would have taken £50.00 and gone down to the local supermarket and grabbed enough food to more than cater for the numbers - and appetites - involved. I know it's not my money, and that my company has made a several hundred million dollar profit in the past financial year, but some people really
take the wee-wee.
I hate being ripped off...irrespective whose money it is. I hate the fact that hotels think they can charge £10.00 for a bit of toast, or special arrangements with travel companies means you end up paying waaay over the odds (last year I made the mistake of booking my own flights and hotel for a business trip to Sweden...I got told off for not going through the correct channels; even though I could demonstrate that my 'breach' had actually saved the company over £250.00!!!).
I hate taxi and private hire companies that lump on that bit extra when thay learn you are travelling on business, or airports that charge you £5.20 in the short-term carpark with tiny bays that cannot accomodate a Fiat 500, let alone a dirty great Volvo, for a 40 minute stay...just because they can. It's Gatwick for Christ's sake, not the middle of Tokyo...there's tons of space around...its not at a premium here!!
The more I travel on company business, the more charlatans, shysters and chancers I seem to come across.
And that is my rant for the day....
I thank you...