And you think you've had probs getting reimbursed...
John Flinn is a travel reporter for SF Gate (the online portal for the San Francisco Chronicle, where the Hearst Corp. accountants choked on "an official receipt for the six bucks I was robbed of by Maoist insurgents in Nepal."
"Of all the ink-stained wretches in the Hearst Corp. publishing empire, it's clear that the accounting department views me as one of the most wretched, Flinn writes.
"The company likes to keep track of how and where its money is being spent, but every expense report I turn in seems to cause eyebrows to be raised, heads to be scratched and policies-and-procedures manuals to be consulted."
A former intern of mine, and extraordinary reporter Tom Popyk, alerted me to this very wild story of a media company choking on receipts he collected during an arduous trip in Asia.
Take, for instance, the report I submitted recently for an overland trip from Beijing to Kathmandu. There were, alas, none of the nicely itemized hotel bills you get from Marriott or Holiday Inn Express. Tibetan guest houses with cracked windows and hole-in-the-ground toilets don't, as a rule, hand out receipts.
But I did turn in an official receipt for the six bucks I was robbed of by Maoist insurgents in Nepal. As I wrote last week, it has been their custom to give their victims receipts, presumably for their taxes. After what must have been a few interesting conversations back at Hearst Corp. headquarters, I was duly reimbursed.