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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

by Frank Roche on January 25, 2008

in Ethics

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Unless you’re this guy, who could afford 469,000 dollar meals at MickeyD’s. Because of a payroll mistake.

From the JT International News Wire comes a story called You Have to Work for Your Money! Author Tracey Coenen writes about someone who didn’t do the right thing:

Anthony accepted a job with telecommunications company Avaya Inc. in 2002. But he changed his mind and never went to work for the company. Yet a recordkeeping error meant that he started receiving regular payroll deposits into his bank account until the error was discovered in early 2007.

All told, he received about $469,000 from Avaya and never whispered a word of it to the company.

Amazing audacity. Stupidity, really. It does tell you that doing the right thing isn’t always top of mind. And it also tells us that HR Payroll has some room for improvement. I mean, seriously, $469,000 paid out over five years without anyone knowing? Please.

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