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The Invoice

To: Bob McArthy

From: Pat Walburg

Subject: Mystery Invoice


Hello Bob,


I recently came across an invoice on my desk but noticed it doesn't indicate the sender. Brenda hasn't provided any information either. Do you happen to have any knowledge or insights regarding this matter?


Thank you,

Pat

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To: Pat Walburg, Brenda Schaffer

From: Bob McArthy

Subject: Re: Mystery Invoice


Hey Pat, I got no idea. This is my first day back from Tampa. Did you check the letterhead and envelope? Any info on it? Brenda, do you know anything about this? Don't pay it till we've got to the bottom of it. ~Bob

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To: Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer

From: Pat Walburg

Subject: Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


Hello Bob,


I wanted to inform you that I have already attempted to contact Brenda, but unfortunately, I have not received a response yet. I couldn't find any formal details such as a letterhead, address, or date on the document. However, I do have an account number - 200891467CGOV, which seems unfamiliar to me. Brenda, could you please provide some clarification?


Please note that this matter is urgent, especially if it concerns a government-related issue. It would be greatly appreciated if we could address this promptly.


Thank you,

Pat

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To: Pat Walburg, Brenda Schaffer

From: Bob McArthy

Subject: Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


Pat, please stop using that awful thing. It dosen't sound a bit like you. I know HR wanted you to clean up your language, but we both know this wasn't what they meant.

I took a look at Accounts Payable and we were expecing a invoice for food and transport for the "you know what" program, but that's not supposed to be till next month. If you think it IS that program, then we better take this off-line. I'll give Monique a call over in the european office and see if they know anything about it. ~Bob

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To: Pat Walburg, Bob McArthy

From: Brenda Schaffer

Subject: Re: Mystery Invoice


no, 200 is dominican republic. are u sure its a cgov file? nothing like that on ap or ac. no one was in the office over the weekend or last night. u sure you didnt just throw away the envelope?

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To: Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer

From: Pat Walburg

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


This is a critical situation that requires immediate attention. We need to notify security as someone unauthorized has inserted an item into my stack of paperwork over the weekend. I am certain that this item was not on my desk on Friday. My focus was solely on handling the files of Patrola Energy and Venos. If any of you are responsible for adding this item to my pending folder, I kindly request an explanation without delay.


Thank you,

Pat


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To: Pat Walburg, Bob McArthy

From: Brenda Schaffer

Subject: ystery Invoice


dont blame us for the state of your desk. u dont use the file box and instead u have that stupid folder system. if u have any problems, just dont pay it. theyll contact us real soon and well get it all sorted out.

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To: Pat Walburg, Brenda Schaffer

From: Bob McArthy

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


Brenda, for the love of God and all that is Holy, please use your shift keys and punctuation. You write a email like my daughter sends text messages.

Anyway Pat, Brenda's right. If we can't prove it's valid, put a note on the file and move on. Accountancy 101.

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To: Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer

From: Pat Walburg

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


I have concerns regarding this situation that I would like to address.


It is crucial that we consider the potential negative impact on our company if the government takes action due to a missed reimbursement. This could result in significant financial losses and potentially have legal consequences. Moreover, it is essential to acknowledge the possibility of being banned from operating in the country altogether. I request both of you to kindly take this matter seriously, as it directly affects my professional reputation and livelihood.


Thank you,

Pat

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To: Pat Walburg, Bob McArthy

From: Brenda Schaffer

Subject: mystery Invoice


We considered it. this is a U problem, not a company problem. we looked, and we didn't see squat. If U want to investigate more, contact the cfo. I have ap work that I need to finish before eod, so im not spending any more time on this.

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To: Pat Walburg, Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer, Managment Team

From: Ironfence Security

Subject: Case #21176 - Mystery Invoice


Hi Pat, Thanks for reaching out. There were four door events to the office over the weekend. On review of the security footage, it looks like some documents were placed on your desk by the cleaning crew, as they had fallen in behind the desk and the cubical wall. Please review the contents of the folder and see if the mystery document was part of that folder.

~Greg, Security Reviewer

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To: Pat Walburg, Brenda Schaffer

From: Bob McArthy

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


Hey Pat, you reviewed that folder yet? What did you find? We're on the edge of our seats waiting here. I mean, so far this has consumed several hours of our week - we're just dying to know what happened. ~Bob

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To: Pat Walburg, Brenda Schaffer

From: Bob McArthy

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


Aww, come on Pat. I need to know - did you find the file? Was it Patrola Energy or Venos? I bet your face is red. You got to give us closure, or I'm going to keep... reminding... you. What happened Pat? Spill the beans. ~Bob.


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To: Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer

From: Pat Walburg

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Mystery Invoice


It was Vanos.


Thank you,

Pat.

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To: Pat Walburg, Bob McArthy, Brenda Schaffer

From: Managment Team

Subject: Important Workplace Communication - Team Expectations and Bob's Leave


Dear Team,


I hope this email finds you well. I would like to address a few matters concerning our current projects and team dynamics.


As you may be aware, Bob has been facing some challenges since the projects transitioned over to the new team. In light of this, we held a meeting last night and collectively decided that it would be best for Bob to take an extended leave of absence starting today. This will provide him with the opportunity to work on resolving these issues.


On a different note, I want to remind everyone about the importance of maintaining professionalism in our communication. It is essential that we refrain from discussing project details or earmarked funds in email conversations, unless authorized by our managers. As a team, it is crucial that we uphold a culture of respect and avoid engaging in gossip about one another or our customers. Also, it is important to remember that our job is not to make judgments on matters that we may or may not agree with. It is up to the management and legal team to handle such decisions.


If any of you have any concerns or feel the need to take an unpaid leave of absence to adjust to these expectations, please reach out to your respective manager for a discussion. Let us remember that we are a cohesive team, and we value the collective effort over individuality.


Thank you for your attention to these matters, and let's continue to work together towards our goals.


Best regards,

Managment



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