OK, so as I mentioned in another thread, I went last Tuesday to the funeral of the man who was my parents’ neighbor for over 30 years (and mine for the 18 years I lived at home).
Since we’re allowed a certain amount of Funeral Leave, I thought “No problem” and put the hours I took off down on my expense report as such (having of course already told my boss in advance that I’d be attending a funeral that day).
Turns out that unless it’s a family member, the hours I took off for the funeral cannot be counted as Funeral Leave–they will instead be counted as Vacation Time.
Yep. Vacation time. Hell, had I known that, I’d have brought along a few plastic coconuts and some Pina Colada fixins! Propped a cocktail up in the dead guy’s hand and rolled the casket on under the limbo stick!
OK. I realize that if not for such a policy, I could easily just go scanning the obituaries for excuses to get time off from work ("Well, looky here… the Assistant Manager of the Jiffy Lube I never go to has passed away… ")
a) there are only FOUR of us here in this office, and we all know each other pretty well,
b) I’ve never tried to take funeral leave in the 3 years that I’ve worked here, and
c) come on–I’m going to skip out of work (where I at least have access to the SDMB) because I’d rather spend the afternoon with a DEAD GUY??? I mean, who WANTS to go to a funeral (well, there’s my sister, but that’s another matter)?
I’m done now.