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Subject:  Re: Emergency Fund Date:  11/2/2013  10:29 PM
Author:  Windowseat Number:  307466 of 308428

There are exceptions here, too. An employee may receive a gift worth less than $20 -- a t-shirt, a mug, that sandwich and soda -- as long as the total over the year from any one source is less than $50. This makes for difficult lunches when we go out with people who are contractors. The rule is usually "everyone buys their own," which in some places is considered to be odd bordering on rude.

Avis had a similar policy regarding gifts to officers of the company. One man sent my father a Steuben owl

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/360780376978?lpid=82

and Dad returned it. For years thereafter we received giant tins of pretzels.

Then Dad had his stroke, and had to retire. The man sent the owl back. After Mom died I took it, and I can see it from where I'm sitting.

Nancy
Steuben owls weren't quite as expensive back in those days, but they were still pricy.
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