Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jacket of gold

From The Sunday Times Cafe Spectator

Rather than return from an overseas trip with a fistful of dollars or currency spilling out of his suit, the official of a top agency instead returned with a jacket which virtually costs a fortune.

Charged in many ways with getting ‘greenbacks’ for his country, our man instead treated himself to a near 2 million rupee-worth jacket from a US store. Colleagues at a ministry which overseas this agency have dubbed him the “man with the jacket of gold”.

The episode doesn’t end there. The official wants to claim this purchase as part of his expense account.

Ministry officials have sought a clarification from higher-ups on whether or not to allow this expense as an ‘official purchase’.

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