I had to make a couple key copies yesterday for a supply closet at the office. As I was leaving, the lady who gave me the original yelled “make sure you get a receipt so you can get your money back!” I did a doubletake and almost laughed out loud.
Would you even bother to ask for your $2 back? Maybe 25 years ago when I was a teenager washing dishes on minimum wage I guess $2 might be the difference between walking home and being able to take the bus. But I’m one of those overpaid IT contractors that you always hear taxpayers bitching about*. And she wants to make sure I get my $2 back?
I’ve actually spent much more than that in recent months. $20 for a couple dozen legal pads so my engineers could have something to write on, other office supplies here & there. It was either that or put in a requisition and wait two weeks for procurement to approve and place the order which will get here some time next month.
The biggest purchase was six fiber cables (they go for about $45 each) that I needed to install a LAN sniffer. I had to meet a deadline and just got fed up with waiting for the proper approvals and filling out of various forms and so on.
When I told my director that I bought the cables out of my own money, he felt guilty as hell for dragging his feet on the procurement paperwork, so it wasn’t all for nothing
*Yes I’m a taxpayer, and yes I bitch about those goddamned overpaid contractors.