There are two new entries on the RollOnFriday Tightwad Table this week - a UK firm which has resorted to declaring an amnesty on branded pens, and a US firm which has banned free coffee. Well done you two.
BP Collins in Gerrards Cross posted a plea on its intranet for the return of any pens that staff might have pocketed. "No sooner are they put in the Chalfont Suite, the silver BP Collins branded pens are gone... As budgets are tight, the marketing department implores any members of staff who have "accidentally" picked our branded pens up whilst in the Suite to return them, no questions asked."
|Oooh me Chalfonts
A follow up report confirmed that 43 pens had been returned, "making a firm saving of over £50".
Meanwhile, above the law reports that McDermott Will & Emery's Chicago office will no longer provide free coffee in its 45th floor lobby. One partner mistakenly copied in the entire firm to his reaction: "I know this will save some dollars, but they are small dollars. For the small savings I think this is a mistake. To me it sends a message of desperation". RollOnFriday imagines the round of applause that greeted that reply could be heard in McDemott's Boston office.The tightwads table now stands as follows: