Thursday, August 29, 2013

An expensive six months


My Taiwanese friend told me about a broking company which took a Taiwanese corporate on a roadshow to Hong Kong. When they were there and had checked in, the Taiwanese complained to the broker (whose company was paying for the accommodation) about the hotel. At 1.30am the CEO rang the broker in her hotel room to say he'd found rooms for all of them, including the broker, at the Four Seasons Hotel and they were all moving hotel with immediate effect.
The final bill from the Four Seasons was a large multiple of the hotel expenses envisaged by the broker and she suggested to her company that the corporate should foot the bill. Her boss was outraged: the client should not pay! He told her to bring the bill back to the office. Looking at the sum involved, he saw her point. He refused to pay it. He said that the broker should pay it herself and send an invoice to the Taiwanese company for a refund. She did as she was told but had to wait six months for the refund. Ouch!

4 Comments:

Blogger Angus said...

A broker that doesn't stay in the Four Seasons ? Must have been French.

1:59 pm  
Anonymous kinglear said...

Ha! Couldn't agree more

7:27 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Angus - non...

Greetings KL!

9:32 am  
Anonymous Portinari said...

La signora and I have an aversion to corporates with their snouts in the trough. It is all too obvious whenever we can scrape up some liri for a visit to Glyndebourne.

4:51 pm  

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