You’ve all heard them, those urban legends from auditing. I figured it was time to start sharing. Now, I know the following story is true because I heard it from the former secretary of a chief audit executive.
Two audit managers had gone to a happy hour shortly after five o’clock. A couple of hours later, deciding they were too drunk to drive back to the office, they sat in their car waiting for a cab. They turned on the radio to pass the time and heard a breaking news story. The announcer reported that a local auditor, behind in his work, had escaped his office and was looking for someone to finish his final report. Well, both managers began to get frightened (no manager wants to face an auditor who has missed a deadline) and began talking about leaving in spite of how much they had been drinking.
About that time, they thought they heard a noise. One of them tried to claim it was the wind, but neither of them believed it. Hearing more noises, the driver finally panicked, fired up the engine, and sped back to the office. They jumped out of the car and, as they walked away, they started laughing. In the safety of the company parking lot it all seemed silly. One of them looked back and pointed at the car door in horror.
There, stuck in the handle of the car, was a half-finished audit report.
Any stories you’d like to share?