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Billy the kidder

Filing expenses is always a stressful experience and never more so than for ABI press officer Emma Quantrill who suffered from the surreptitious prurience of her cabbie.

Getting out of a cab from the House of Commons to the ABI&#39s City HQ, Emma shoved her receipt into her purse, where it remained until she filled in her expenses claim.

Expecting to see £15 written across the receipt, Emma was shocked to see the words “Billy Big B£$!ocks”. What does one do? Draw a line through it, initial the amendment and submit it anyway?


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