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We held Code Camp at the Buck Mickel Center, from here on referred to as the facility. The facility was nice. Not perfect, but pretty good and the price was right (Free.)

Naturally, nothing is ever really free. In order to use the center, we were required to order any food through them. This didn't sound like a big deal, so I agreed. Basically, as it was explained to me, they get points for community activities, and ordering the food through them helps achieve this. Sounds simple enough.

So we did boxed lunches on Saturday and Dominos on Sunday. The pay the caterer on Saturday, Dominos on Sunday, send me a bill and I pay them. Simple enough, right?

Apparently not. They haven't paid the caterer. They haven't paid Dominos. Instead, they told me I have to invoice the facility (2 separate invoices) for Saturday and Sunday. Then I'll get money from them, which I have to take to the caterer and Dominos. Then the facility is going to bill Code Camp (technically that would be me) for paying the caterer and Dominos. Of course Microsoft (and Dunn Training) were covering the lunch both days, so I have to turn around and invoice them (I already have Dunn's money, but that's not the point) so I can pay the facility.

Huh?

So basically that means:

  1. I order the food.
  2. I invoice the facility for the food.
  3. I receive payment from the facility for the food.
  4. I pay for the food.
  5. I get a bill from the facility for the food.
  6. I invoice our sponsors for the food.
  7. I receive payment from our sponsors for the food.
  8. I pay the facility for the food.

Isn't this the kind of activity that gets people investigated for money laudering?

Last year, at Code Camp, it worked this way:

  1. I order the food.
  2. Our sponsor paid for the food.

Nothing like seeing your tax dollars at work.

I'm looking forward to South Carolina Code Camp 3.0 in CHARLESTON, SC. Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 3:34 PM | Back to top



Comments on this post: Dances with Morons, part II (The Bureaucratic Hokey-Pokey)

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It was good food, regardless of the red tape. Thanks for all your effort for this event!!
Left by Tim Hibbard on Sep 20, 2006 9:29 PM

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Worst part of it is that I bet the caterer is being wildly impatient. Caterers usually are.

T.
Left by Theo Moore on Sep 21, 2006 4:27 AM

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She's handling it with her usual grace and style.

The most recent dialog was along the lines of "where's my check? where's my check? where's my check?" :)



Left by Blogus Maximus on Sep 21, 2006 5:04 AM

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ROFLMAO!!!! I bet. :-)
Left by Theo Moore on Sep 21, 2006 5:06 AM

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