It’s never how much profit you made for the company.
It’s never how much you saved the company.
It is always how much you spent.
“You paid $1.93 more for lunch than you were authorised, we cannot approve this expense.”
Yeah, and I saved you $2,500 by inconveniencing myself and driving to the client location instead of flying and I didn’t get paid for those hours of travel. I used my own hotel points instead of paying for the hotel and I closed a $70,000 deal.
But all you care about is the fact I spent $1.93 more on lunch than the approved $12.
*This* is why I don’t like dealing with expense reports.