Tim: I'm not going to sugarcoat it: we'll have to cut back on our expenses or we'll have to cut back on staff, something I'd rather not do.
M: But we still have discretionary spending money, right?
T: Sure. You can spend half of the $300 on whatever you want without providing a receipt.
经理Tim说，我不想粉饰太平，sugarcoat it. 实际情况是，不减少开支，就得裁员。 Mike问，是不是还有discretionary spending money, 可以随便支配的钱。答案是，三百块里一半的开销都可以不交收据。
S: What other ways can we help cut costs?
T: Well, if it's a flight of less than four hours, we're going to ask you to fly economy class. For long distance flights you can still use business class.
J: And we need to talk about client dinners. I know you have to take the client to a nice place. I know you can't take them to McDonald's.
T: But...the five Michelin star A+1 Golden Steakhouse? That's pushing it. I see a $265 claim here for a business dinner for two. That's got to come down.
Tim说，今后凡是不到四个小时的短途飞行，一律改为经济舱。John补充说，请客户吃饭，虽然不能去麦当劳，但两个人吃牛排花265块，则未免有些过份。That's pushing it.
S: Actually, I've been doing more Internet research before I take clients to business meals. I've found you can save a lot of money by choosing an interesting, special place that isn't necessarily expensive.
T: Right! Say, "I know this little place..." and take them somewhere cool, but not at $265 a pop!
Shannon建议，不用带客户去太贵的地方吃饭，可以带他们去一些更有意思，但并不贵的餐馆。Tim赞成，说最好是take them somewhere cool, but not at $265 a pop. A pop是每次花多少钱的意思。
M: Another thing: stay out of the hotel bar! It's outrageous what they charge for a couple of cocktails! Go find a bar down the street to meet at. It's got more character and it's substantially cheaper.
J: Yes, good thinking.
M: And it goes without saying, the hotel room's "adult" movies are not business expenses.
T: No, they most certainly aren't! Thanks guys! I appreciate your understanding.
Mike补充说，旅馆酒吧太贵。最好能出去找个酒吧见面。不仅便宜，而且It's got more character. 还更有个性。Mike 搞笑道，It goes without saying不用说，旅馆的成人电影是不能报销的。