Friday, May 29, 2020

Callout Fee


The following is an e-mail I sent to accounting, with only the obvious redactions:
At Mustelid Falls the last couple of weeks we have been buying fuel at a place that officially closes at 6 p.m. but we kept getting the fueller to stay late or come back and fuel us later.  There was no formal callout  procedure, so she didn’t have a way to add a fee to the fuel bill, so I gave her some cash, the cheapest callout fee ever, really, less than $10 a day but it made the difference between treating someone badly and having them feel respected.
This is only about the third sketchiest receipt I’ve ever submitted at Our Company, and it probably allowed us to bill several more hours to Customer Company than we would otherwise, so well worth it.

You’ll see the expense form on your desk.
Said expense form was accompanied by a receipt handwritten by me with a sharpie, on the back of a company form, and signed by the long-suffering fueller, on top of the pumps. She was a maintenance apprentice who hadn't known that her job was going to involve fuelling airplanes.  When I found out that she wasn't getting paid any extra for it, I peeled off some twenties. This was all in the before-times, pre-COVID-19. I found the e-mail while looking for something else, and decided to share it with you.

The sketchiest ever was either a fuel receipt for over $800 cash, written on a Super-8 scratchpad by the third-in-command of the local flying club, or any of a number totally formal government liquor store receipts for cases of beer that the accountant has to take my word for that I've exchanged for goods or services.

4 comments:

mark.medic said...

Hopefully the powers that be didn't have any issue with your reimbursement requests....no matter how unorthodox they might have seemed.

I think we're on a roll here - please keep up the blogging

Benjamin said...

Thanks for beeing alive again... :-)

Greetings from Germany!

Sue said...

Glad to have this confirmation that you're doing okay. I don't think any of us, way back in January (!), had any insight into what was in store for us. I would say that "2020" is a misnomer.

Sarah said...

As an employee-for-now of a huge corporation ... I am envious of simply being trusted to do the right thing. This is how companies should be run. It would save so much time.

Sketchiest ever receipts! Hilarious ... the cases of beer unit of payment must be a Canadian thing.