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Men behave badly on business abroad.

BRITISH business travellers behave badly abroad, costing their firms pounds 250m by fiddling their expenses, according to a new survey.

One in seven said they would be more likely to flout the law overseas than at home.

One in 20 admitted using or purchasing illegal drugs with a client abroad, one in 25 fiddled their expenses when travelling overseas, 3pc admitted being arrested and one executive in 50 admitted to taking a "romantic companion" on the company's money.

The survey from online guide CityOrganiser. com questioned 450 executives who regularly travel abroad on business, and discovered:

One in eight confessed to getting drunk with a client and subsequently doing or saying something outrageous.

26pc would offer a "when in Rome" excuse and say their behaviour was no different from that of the locals.

Male executives were three times more likely to fiddle their expenses than women, with none of the females questioned saying they had ever invited a companion on a business trip.

3pc of executives had lost a company laptop when abroad, one in 25 had lost a company mobile phone and 1pc confessed to mislaying confidential company documents.

"We were quite surprised at these results, especially the fact that breaking the law seemed a relatively regular occurrence and not one that worried some of the respondents at all, " said CityOrganiser. com chief executive Mary Corrie.

On the scale of the expenses fiddling, Ms Corrie said: "I am totally flabbergasted."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2001
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