That'll be two boxes of kleenex, please.
The Big Giant Head, the name I assign to whoever it is who sets our department budget, has spread the word that we have fifty bucks apiece to spend on school supplies for the year. We can only spend it on materials ordered through This Special Catalogue.
This Special Catalogue has prices about 150-200% the prices at Office Max.
Who is getting the kickbacks in this situation? That's what I want to know. We are not allow to turn in receipts from an outside store for the school supplies we purchase-- much more cheaply-- ourselves.
Oh, and back when I worked in my first teaching job in a school formerly staffed by nuns, some thirty years ago, guess how much I was allowed to spend on school supplies?
Yep. Fifty bucks.
But those bucks went further, back then. After all, they were in doubloons, because paper money had not been invented yet.