Worker's 'Petty Revenge' Against Company That Rejected Expenses Applauded

A worker has been praised for exacting "petty revenge" on their company after it refused to reimburse them for their expenses.

The disgruntled employee shared their situation to Reddit, under username u/newtekie1, in the Malicious Compliance forum.

They explained they drove between offices using their personal car, and had the choice of two routes. One was shorter, but had tolls, the second was longer by a mile but was free.

The staff member always took the cheaper, but longer, route, and submitted an expense report for their mileage.

Everything was fine until a new bookkeeper "hellbent on saving money" started, who only began reimbursing workers for the cheapest option in any given scenario.

"And where does she think all this wasteful money is going? Expense reports, obviously. So she starts knit picking every report.

"Like if someone is out and has to buy some pens for work. She goes online and finds the cheapest price possible for those pens, and only reimburses for that cheaper price. It, obviously, has pissed several people off," they wrote.

Eventually their mileage came under scrutiny, as they wrote: "I submit my report for 2 weeks, and a few days later get the reimbursement payment. Well, it's $5.85 short.

"I ask her about it, and she says I've been ripping off the company for the past year by taking the longer route between the offices."

"She will only pay mileage for the shorter route from now on. 'And I'm lucky she doesn't go back and take back all the extra from the past year.'"

The employee, thought to be based in Chicago, made sure to get the decision to take the shorter route in writing as company policy from her.

They revealed: "2 weeks later I submit my expense report. I reported the shorter route, so the company saved $5.85. But tolls added up to $136.

"A net loss for the company of $130.15. It's been 6 months and I'm still 'taking the shorter route' costing the company an extra $130.15 every 2 weeks."

So far it's thought the worker has cost the company a total of $1,691.95 extra for half a year's worth of trips, all because the bookkeeper refused to approve the $5.85.

The post, entitled "You only pay mileage for the shortest possible trip? Ok, then you have to pay my tolls," which can be read here, has amassed more than 22,000 upvotes since being posted on Thursday, as people praised the worker's reaction.

Ser_Danksalot praised: "Malicious compliance and petty revenge at the same time."

It's been 6 months and I'm still 'taking the shorter route' costing the company an extra $130.15 every 2 weeks."
u/newtekie1

Mybossthinksimworkng advised: "If they ask you to change to your former route, please make sure you demand you will only do it AFTER they reimburse you the $5.85 they stole from you."

Sparcrypt pointed out: "It's not wage theft, it's literal theft. You're being reimbursed for an expense you paid out of your own pocket, not having wages held back."

Gangreless joked: "Yeah some major Karen vibes right there."

JessicaFreakingP asked: "Was the customer service rep a real life Dwight Schrute? Because that seems like something only he would do."

KaXiRavioli thought: "Pretty sure it's illegal to short reimbursements because they found a cheaper thing online."

NorskGodLoki quipped: "Don't you love it when they rise up to the level of their incompetence?"

KnowsIittle gloated: "6 months is halfway into the fiscal year. End of year is when people start to notice expenses."

While ShadowRiku667 added: "Please update us in a few weeks when they come back and ask you why it's costing so much for travel. I wanna see how that conversation goes down!"

Newsweek reached out to u/newtekie1 for comment.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states anyone using their car for personal and business use can only deduct the cost of the business use on their annual tax return.

They stated: "Other car expenses for parking fees and tolls attributable to business use are separately deductible, whether you use the standard mileage rate or actual expenses."

The IRS announced the "standard deduction" levels for 2022 last November.

"The standard deduction for married couples filing jointly for tax year 2022 rises to $25,900 up $800 from the prior year.

"For single taxpayers and married individuals filing separately, the standard deduction rises to $12,950 for 2022, up $400, and for heads of households, the standard deduction will be $19,400 for tax year 2022, up $600," it said.

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