Five years of crazy business expenses

As anyone who has ever filed business travel and expense reports knows, it can often be a challenge to get legitimate business expenses approved. Some items understandably need more explanation but others, it seems, are just an excuse for the accounting department to be picky. So I found this list of the Craziest Expenses of the last five years, as well as which were approved and which denied, to be very interesting and worth sharing.

Since 2013, automated travel and entertainment expense management software provider Certify has surveyed business travelers who shared their stories of the most outrageous expenses they had either seen – or submitted.

As the infographic shows, the expenses ranged from renting a llama to some highly questionable personal expenses presented with an interesting range of reasons (or excuses). You may ask yourself whether you'd catch such wild items as asking for a separate hotel room for a salesperson's garlic samples because s/he couldn't stand the smell (not approved) or a llama for an upcoming photo shoot (approved).

Some submitted expenses make sense when the employee adds context. Others, not so much.

I have my opinions about whether the expenses qualify as “outrageous” or not, as well as whether they should have been approved, and I’m sure you will, too.

Read on, and enjoy!

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Infographic provided by Certify
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