A senior associate at Baker & McKenzie in London sent an email to a secretary asking her to pay £4 for drycleaning his trousers after she accidentally spilt tomato sauce on them.
bq. Dear Jenny, he wrote. I went to the dry-cleaners at lunch and they said it would cost £4 to remove the ketchup stains. He wrote that it would be much appreciated if he could have the money back.
bq. Ms Amner replied: I must apologise for not getting back to you straight away but due to my mothers sudden illness, death and funeral I have had more pressing issues than your £4. She went on: I apologise for accidentally getting a few splashes of ketchup on your trousers. Obviously your financial need as a senior associate is greater than mine as a mere secretary.
bq. One staff member confided: She (Ms Amner) copied it to the whole floor and everyone was in stitches. She had come into work this morning to find a Post-it chasing her for the £4 after having the funeral the day before. Hes so tight.
Thanks to Ingmar.