Sun, Sea, Sand & Expense Account!
The scene, one dreary day in late march back toward the end of the 2000's. I was working as a lowly field tech for a now-defunct supplier of WiFi to some major hospitality businesses.The call, from a rather panicked account manager came at around 4 on a Friday - the local installation team had botched the job and the customer was threatening to cancel the contract, could I help?.
Calls like that weren't too unusual (the perils of outsourcing installation work to contractors are well known round here!) but the location of the problem certainly was - a top-end resort in Marbella, playground of those with far more money to burn than I'll ever see. Needless to say I didn't hesitate for longer than it took to make sure my passport was still valid and without further adoo a ticket was purchased for Monday. I was a little bit surprised to see it was an open return but put it down to the situation and thought no more of it.
Monday comes, things get stranger still. E-mail from the office with details of a hire car (we usually had to rely on buses or taxis!) that would be waiting at the airport. Business class seat on the flight too (apparently that really was all they could get!) - this was shaping up to be a good job! Got to the site to be met by the general manager who showed me the mess (and it was a mess!) left by the contractor - nothing installed, cables in a heap..a pigsty. He was naturally a bit p**ed off, especially since they were starting to get busy. After a quick inventory & walk around the complex (it's BIG.. lots of blocks) and I figured 3 - 4 days work would do it. Went off, found the GM & told him what I was proposing... which is when it got REALLY interesting.
Apparently, I could only get access to rooms when they were vacant - not just unoccupied, vacant. He & I looked over the booking calendar and worked out a plan... it'd take almost 3 weeks to finish the job. A hasty call to the account manager, who called his boss.... and the job was authorized. The GM was so pleased that it would get done before some VIP's were due he comp'd the entire account - accommodation, food, beer, the lot!
And that is how I ended up spending three weeks in a 3 bed suite of a 5-star Marbella resort, fully comp & working at most 2 hours day. I actually flew my girlfriend out for the second week...
Best call I've ever done!