Work: So we need you to come up for another week of training…like week after next.
Me: *struggling to control rage and frustration* I was under the impression that I’d be dialing in for that training.
Boss: Well, now we need you up here in person. Deal with it.
Me: LISTEN HERE, YOU-….*grr arrgh…deep cleansing breath* I’m not sure that’s feasible due to finances. My rent is due that week and I can’t afford both.
Most Excellent Manager: If you need your expenses paid in advance, I can make that happen. Just tell me how much you’d need.
Me: *still fuming* Very well. *tallies the costs for travel, hotel, meals, etc, and pulls no punches* This much. (Like $1300 and change) And I definitely need that hotel. Because my family’s on vacation, so I won’t have a place to stay.
Boss: We’ll pay for meals and gas…but not a hotel.
Me: ….So you want me to come up and you’ll pay for my gas and you’ll pay for me to eat…but you want me to sleep in my car. Because I can’t just drop $700 for a hotel stay at random.
Boss: You’re required by your contract. You figure it out.
Me: *DING ROUND ONE - FIGHT*