The guy…goes on a work trip to Chicago, where it is a rainy, nasty spring. The first evening, he escorts the client from the door of a fancy restaurant to a nearby cab stand. “Allow me,” he says, and unfurls his umbrella. The client gets in the cab, and then…disaster! The icy March wind, which those of us who have lived in Chicago know all too well, turns his umbrella inside out, and then shreds it.
The next day, he buys another umbrella, which he uses for the remainder of his visit. He flies back home, and submits a receipt for expenses, including a new umbrella.His expense report comes back from accounting with everything approved except the umbrella. He appends a note to the report explaining that the umbrella was destroyed in the line of duty and resubmits. Back comes the expense report, with a rather severe note from accounting to the effect that umbrellas are not on the list of allowable expenses.
He responds with a more strongly worded note, explaining that if it were not for the umbrella, they might not have had such a good new order from the client. Another note comes back from accounting: “For the last time, we will not approve the umbrella. Please submit a new expense report.”
…Our frustrated manager tears up the old report, then sits down and fills out a whole new form: $3.94 for lunch, $12.75 for laundry charges, and so forth. Which he sends to accounting with a note attached:
“SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE UMBRELLA NOW!”