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Fake Receipt Generator: Brilliant or Baffling?

Nobody can have their steak and eat it, too, right? The creators of would disagree. The site's ethically questionable Maloney & Porcelli's Expense-a-Steak Headquarters tool allows you to enter any amount of money, and then generates several receipts that add up to your total. When I entered the amount $274.22, seven very real looking receipts popped up from a variety of merchants like "Office Supply Hut" and "The Panini Experience."

If you're asking yourself why anyone would want receipt knock-offs, then you're probably not familiar with expense reports. The reports are submitted to your company's accounting department after a business-related trip, and typically include copies of all receipts for which you want reimbursement.

The genuine appearance of the receipts is pretty incredible, but I can't imagine having the chutzpah to submit fake receipts in hopes of pulling one over my accounting department. What do you think of the Expense-a-Steak generator; is it brilliant or baffling?

crystaldecanter crystaldecanter 5 years
I googled making fake receipts because I have a sibling with disabilities who is on a waiver program, and she can only have a certain amount of money on her records. So, because I wanted to take her to Israel next year, and she already has nearly 800 in pc, I was in search of a receipt to use for the barely used dresser I can give her to a) "spend down" and b) keep some of her money for our trip. Our mom passed away before we could get to do this, so this is something that is important to both of us, and our brother who is going with us. Paying for all three of us to go from my own pocket wouldn't be feasible, bu this way is a bit easier. Sometimes the system is structured so that you have to make little corner cuts to get to your objective.   Not condoning the use of this tool for nefarious purposes, as it probably was intended for, but if a spade can do the work of a shovel...
brian brian 8 years
I wish companies could just use the credit card statement
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
They market it as, "eat a meal at our restaurant, use these receipts to expense it." Whether you agree or not, that's fraud.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I don't agree with it being fraud. I can't tell you how many times I have sent in an expense report and it has gotten lost or misplaced. These are usually for items bought for the office and I am not able to return them in order to double dip. I submit it and if it gets lost I am SOL and out of money that I just spent for the office. So I like the idea and have just passed it all onto my co workers.
Spectra Spectra 8 years That is so illegal! It's most definitely fraud. My husband goes to AZ for business and he fills out expense reports for his travel stuff and he always says they never check stuff thoroughly enough because some of his coworkers get away with expensing stuff they really shouldn't. It's most definitely stealing from the company...I kind of wonder how many people actually use this site to get extra money from the company?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I used the site. None of the expenses it listed were extreme in the least.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Ithori: Those are actual things people get for offices, and if you claim you had to buy a lot of something for a project, its still lying. In my office we lots of air in a can, great to clean out keyboards from all that gunk and dust that settle in there.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
It's meant to promote the restaurant linked to the receipt generator. I actually work in an accounting dept. and see real receipts every day and this would truly be a reason to get your ass in big trouble over money that you shouldn't be lying about.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
mek123 mek123 8 years
I agree with all of the above posters, it is out and out fraud. I worry about the people who create these sites and their ethics.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
how about ILLEGAL?
weffie weffie 8 years
It is fraud, but it's kind of a brilliant idea nonetheless. It would be too easy to abuse, but I think because it comes from a restaurant's site it's not actually encouraging you to STEAL the money, just to spend it at their restaurant then pretend it was spread over a few different places... which is, in a way, slightly less fraudulent.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I agree with what everyone has said. And, not only are you committing fraud with regard to your company, but your company would then be committing fraud with regard to the IRS, since they would list those expenses as business expenses.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I also agree with skigurl. People disgust me sometimes with their dishonesty.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i agree with skigirl. it's not brilliant or baffling. IT'S FRAUD.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it's not really a question of chutzpah...this is fraud if i generate 1000$ worth of fake reciepts and expense them, i'm stealing $1000 from the company if you got caught, you'd get fired and/or arrested the only time i could see this being even somewhat justifiable (and that's not saying i would do it, but to even be able to somwahat legitimize it) is when you actually do spend money on something and lose or forget to obtain the reciept...then you get screwed...but even so, a fake reciept is fraudulent
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