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SA Used Company Credit Card for Personal Use but Paid Back

Discussion in 'Employment Law Forum' started by Tesstess, 14 August 2015.

  1. Tesstess

    Tesstess Active Member

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    I recently resigned from my job as I used the company credit card about 5 times in 6 months for personal use and each month I reimbursed the company what I had used with a note. I didn't know this was not ok and thought it was within my employee rights. But after a few months, the finance department told my boss. And they sat me down and yelled at me. It made me feel so uncomfortable that I resigned. In the months I worked for them I was treated very badly anyway and this was just the last straw for me.

    Looking back however at the last 6 months I'm worried there may have been one purchase I didn't pay for worth $50.

    My legal question is: can they take legal action against me for this mistake, or will I be ok?

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  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    Yes, they can (at least in theory).
    If you are uncomfortable and uncertain, then the price of peace of mind is fifty dollars.
    Write them a cheque and move on.
     
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    John R Well-Known Member

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    I agree with @Tim W, many organisations have clear corporate credit card use policies (that is, generally, they are to be used for business purposes only).
     
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  4. Tesstess

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    Well I did give them the $50 cash. But what they failed to do was to conduct a correct induction on how they prefer staff to use the card...I feel they are in the wrong!
     
  5. Tim W

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    I suggest you are mistaken.
     
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    It's their card, given to you for work purposes.
    No reasonable person would think that it was for personal use, without express permission.
    No reasonable person would believe that a company credit card was provided to an employee
    for the purpose of making unauthorised personal loans to the employee.
     
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    Well I didn't know and I disagree. I've never been in that position before so no I didn't know. I've never been in that position before. And it wasn't done on purpose it was an accident.
     
  9. Tim W

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    Five times is not an accident.

    Perhaps others will see it your way, but I do not.

    I wish you luck in the future.
     
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