I was talking to my friend earlier, who is in marketing in a large corporation. We were talking about budgets in the context of saving money. He said being under the budget was actually not a good thing. I was like "what? Isn't it good to show your company that you were able to save x amount?" He said if you were under budget, then the next year your budget would be reduced, because it was deemed that you didn't need that much money. He said what they did if they were under budget was to spend the rest of the money on something (anything) to reach/exceed the budget.
So in essence, there really is no incentive to help the company save money. I'm sure that's basic ABC for the corporate go-ers around here.
I also remember talking to other friends about taxation in this country. Someone who devotes their life to work hard as an employee, will inevitably get taxed more than someone who spends their time creating tax-avoidance devices/structures/schemes.
Then there is my experience with Cityrail. I was so used to purchasing a weekly ticket from point A to point B, that one day when my boss asked me to go beyond point B for work, that I forgot to buy a separate ticket. As my luck would have it, a ticket inspector got on that day, and when approached, I just admitted that I had forgotten to buy the right ticket. I copped a fine (although he seemed pretty reluctant to write it up).
Then a few days later, I read in the paper about how Cityrail officers actually have no right to demand that you provide your name and address, so you could just not answer then or give them incorrect details, and thereby avoiding a fine. Additionally, I remember once putting my ticket through the barriers, only to watch a teenager jump the gates and walk out the station, all the while the other Cityrail employees just pretended they didn't see it. Yet when I try to walk through the wheelchair access for my luggage, some refuse to open the gates until they've scrutinised my ticket. So IT'S BETTER OFF TO JUMP THE GATES!!!
So, what's your take on how the world treats the honest and hard working?