What would you do (or not do) for a penny?


What would you do for a penny? No I don’t mean what would you do if someone offered you a penny. I mean how far would you go to prove a point when you have been SHORTED a PENNY by a VERY large mega-corporation with 2.2 MILLION employees world-wide? Obviously it’s not so much about the fracking cent at this point, but when your payroll statement basically says…  $xxxx.x4 + $xxx.x3 = $xxxx.x6 … then there is something wrong. Last time I checked four plus three equals SEVEN, not six.

So far I spent some time at work talking to HR who said to call corporate payroll. Then on my own time and phone bill waited on hold for 30 mins, and JUST before I hung up, payroll answers. I’m on the phone with them for ANOTHER 20 minutes as they try to find the issue. Turns out that they don’t have access on their computers to the break down of earnings that’s clearly printed on my Statement of Earnings and Deductions, only the ERRONEOUS total, which they have no way of verifying. She escalates it to a manager, whose answer is for me to talk with my own office’s HR department (where I started) and if necessary a manager to have an adjustment made to a future paycheck for that one penny.

ARG! Should I just give up? I’ve already gone WAY out of my way. But part of my mind says if only HALF of the Employees of this mega-corporation have had the mysterious 4+3=6 issue, and have been shorted a measly penny, then 1.1 million times $0.01 = $11,000. And I’m sorry, but it seems to me if you are this BIG of a company it shouldn’t be that hard to do simple arithmetic or correct a payroll issue, no matter HOW minor.

2 thoughts on “What would you do (or not do) for a penny?”

  1. My Mama went to similar extremes when her phone/ inet provider kept sending her a bill for 1c. She couldn’t understand this, as she pays everything to the letter, or penny, in this case, on time, and automatically via meticulously organized debit systems. So she started with phone calls. As you did. After many rounds of being passed on, and lengthy phone waits, she escalated to writing emails backed with paper letters. With the same unsatisfactory results. Only when she casually rang a service operator to tell them she’d like to cancel her subscription, was the odd cent bill instantly and mysteriously resolved.

    1. Thanks. I don’t feel quite so stupid being obstinate about it. But sadly being my current employer I can’t easily say I’ll take my subscription elsewhere. 😉

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