The other week I was having dinner with someone I know--someone who has asked to remain nameless for reasons that will become clear pretty soon--and as I was getting ready to go she told me she wanted to show me the prize she had received for reaching a significant sales milestone at work. She pointed to an envelope and said, "It's a gift certificate. Guess how much it's for."
Having heard stories of her company's less-than-generous ways with its employees before, I guessed on the low side. "Oh, God," I said. "Don't tell me they gave you, like, a $5 gift certificate to McDonald's."
"Nope, not quite," she replied, handing me the envelope. "See for yourself."
See for your self: