Why would anyone try to bribe me?

Well, bribe might be a bit strong. But corporate hospitality. Which, you know, people say is bribery etc. Just been invited to the footie, lunch n’drinks n’stuff.

You know, super, lovely.

But, err, why?

15 thoughts on “Why would anyone try to bribe me?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Let’s hope they just want you for your body.

    Then you can write for the Guardian about how you have been objectified and commodified.

    The question is what sort of Footie? Arsenal? Don’t bother. Also if they have a Russian boss, are you sure all your previous Scandi contracts are kosher? Six Nations? Who is playing?

  2. I was subjected to corporate hospitality at Twickers once; ’twas very good. I think they just wanted to admire my brain.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “I think they just wanted to admire my brain.”

    Yeah, that is what they tell all the Fresh Meat^H^H^H pretty blondes^H^H^H I mean outside experts.

    For the record, I am not jealous at all. But I am looking forward to Ritchie claim that taking money from the taxman to spend on other people’s corporate entertainment is clearly tax evasion and should be banned.

  4. Tim – I’m not saying it’s part of a fiendish plot to lure an unsuspecting crimson-haired gentleman away from the scene where a diabolical crime will be committed.

    But if your business premises happen to be close to a bank, the game may be afoot.

    Alternately, I do a fair amount of corporate hospitality and though you’d love to only have guests who control multi-million pound budgets, often that’s not possible. So rather than waste the corporate tickets or lose hospitality budget you invite some people just because they’re good blokes to enjoy the craic with.

    But I’m leaning towards intrigue in the shadowy international scandium conspiracy. Because that’s funner.

  5. My current company has a very strict policy of accepting nothing, which is a bit of a pain when offered “races in Ireland” and “golf days” (hey, I can’t play, but happy to slash around outside if someone else pays the bar bill!). I think @Steve is absolutely correct when he says corporate hospitality is as much a circular business where the spend required to keep your privileges requires numbers of people way in excess of what can actually be justified on a businesslike basis.

  6. Murphy’s trying to get you to let up. A few corporate boxes and a heavy brown paper bag and the category will be renamed “Rubbing on Ritchie”.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    “For the record, I am not jealous at all. But I am looking forward to Ritchie claim that taking money from the taxman to spend on other people’s corporate entertainment is clearly tax evasion and should be banned.”

    I thought corporate hospitality came off the bottom line?

  8. Steve: – Your red-headed league idea is a good one but have you fully considered the machinations of that Napoleon of Crime Economics, 0.2 Professor Murphiarty?

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