Most people splurge when the expenses fall on the company’s tab as it’s not out of their own pockets. There are rare exceptions, as Alexander Cohen shared a post on LinkedIn where he describes his money-saving hack by cooking chicken in a coffee machine while on a business trip.
Rather than dining at the restaurant for a company meal, he repurposes the hotel appliances to feed himself. “I’m traveling for work and instead of eating a fancy dinner out, I’ve decided to cook a cheaper meal in the hotel room. Even though the hotel room didn’t have a kitchen, I managed to use the coffee machine to cook chicken with butter and garlic. Although the company allows me to expense dinner while traveling, I wanted to save money because I know that every dollar counts on the P&L. It’s the little things that get you promoted,” Cohen wrote.
Although Cohen pledges this act as a display of employee loyalty, users on the LinkedInLunatics subreddit expressed other thoughts.
One person wrote: “Did he write about this in his end-of-year performance review that he cooks raw chicken in hotel coffee pots to save the company money or does he just share it anecdotally?”
Another user replied: “As someone who’s lived in a hotel, this is ridiculous. You’re supposed to use the clothing iron to cook the chicken and the coffee pot for pasta or mashed potatoes.”
He isn’t the only one using the coffee machine for things other than coffee. A different user added: “When I was a poor college kid, this is how I’d cook ramen. Works well for that, but you’d have to be an absolutely insane person to cook anything that has a possibility of carrying foodborne illnesses in one.”
If he blows up the coffee machine and loses his deposit for the hotel, the company expenses still take a hit. Instead of future promotion, Cohen dug a deeper hole where the employer is now re-evaluating their recruitment decisions.