A man accepted a meager sum from his boss as compensation for fuel expenses. Little did they know he had a clever plan to make it worth his financial while. Here’s the full scoop…
When the Original Poster (OP) went for a job as a computer technician, the employer was “very stubborn” during the hiring process, with set rules about how they did things.
The Rules Were Set Out Early
One of those rules was related to travel expenses. The boss informed OP that he’d be using his “own vehicle” to commute to and from work. He didn’t have a problem with that, but the travel expenses offered were harder to wrap his head around…
It Wasn’t Much
OP was happy to drive his own vehicle, but was far from impressed with the amount of money his employer was willing to give him for getting to and from work. They were offering “no more than 25 cents” for every kilometer he traveled.
He Went Ahead With It
Deciding not to argue, OP told the employer the travel expenses were “fair” and that he was ready to get started. However, he knew something they didn’t…
He Doesn’t Drive a Car
OP was unfazed by the low travel expenses for one main reason: he doesn’t drive a car. He has a moped instead – a fact he decided to keep to himself in the interview. He zips around on the bike and keeps his tools in a backpack, meaning OP could take that $0.25 per kilometer and make a nice profit from it…
OP Took Advantage Of His Travel Expenses
According to OP, that money was enough to cover all his work costs and his personal driving costs too. Better still, he could travel to work and go on “mountain drives” at his employer’s expense. His boss never found out, and OP admits he was nicely surprised by “how pleasant life” was when “you have infinite kinetic energy.”
What Did Reddit Think?
OP took his story to Reddit to see what people thought of it. Were readers impressed with his plan? Did they think it was uncalled for? Or would they have done the same?
Reddit Congratulated Him
Most of the people on Reddit related to OP’s story and shared their own travel expense tales. One user impressed community members by sharing how his wife is paid “about $160 everyday trip she makes to her company headquarters 2 hours away,” despite the fact she drives a Tesla. Another said, “I’d get maybe $500,” “for a $75 tank.”
His Boss Might Not Mind
Some Redditors jumped in on the conversation, explaining that they happily pay their employees a little bit more for travel. One person shared how one of his workers rides a scooter and that he “could not care less” about paying him more, as long as he gets to work on time. He even tells other employees who complain to “go buy your own scooter.”
Have You Done Anything Similar?
What’s your take on OP’s situation? If you were in his shoes, would you have done the same? Drop a comment with your thoughts on his story.
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