Tonight, however, I spotted a post which was, shall we say, freaking ridiculous. Gizmodo’s post entitled ‘The One About the Las Vegas Per Diem,’ entails the story of a young Editorial Assistant named Kyle Wagner who decided since he had not yet met his $50 per diem in Vegas, he’d buy $50 of burritos.
Upon reaching the TSA, they wouldn’t allow his Mexican fare onboard the plane as it was in over-sized styrofoam containers (not to mention it was TWO BAGS full of burritos). So he had to toss them. An updated post asked for people to meet him at the NY airport with burritos, but instead I would not, in the least, be surprised if this fool was handed a pink slip instead.
Kyle Wagner, just because you CAN spend $50 on food, per day, while on assignment doesn’t mean you HAVE to spend it. Are you any further ahead? No, you are simply wasting the company money.
But the lesson more likely to be learned is, “If you decide to be a complete asshole about your per-diem expenses while on assignment with Gawker, and you let someone write a story about it and post it online for all to see, with your name Kyle Wagner clearly indicated in it, and within the photograph which matches your Google+ profile, you may no longer be laughing when you get back to the office on Thursday morning.”
Fire his ass I say.
Fire Kyle Wagner’s ass for being such an immature asshole. And telling the world about it for Pete’s sake.