The CEO called a mandatory, all-company meeting to explain to every one the importance of SOX and the increased focus on compliance.
Three software engineers and three auditors took Amtrak to the meeting. The two groups recognized each other because they all worked insane hours but they had little in common so sat in separate rows.
As the conductor came by, the three engineers rushed in to the restroom and when the conductor knocked, one of them handed him the lone ticket they had bought.
The auditors noticed this and the software engineers fessed up that they had cheated. They were told not only were they cheating Amtrak but they were also now under suspicion for expense padding. Since this was a serious breakdown in internal controls they had to bring it to the CEO’s notice.
During the seminar the lead auditor approached the engineers. Fully expecting to get fired, they were shocked when they were told “The CEO actually commended you. He told us he wished we were as careful with company money. So on the return journey we will just buy one ticket between the three of us”
As they boarded the train back, the engineers told the auditors “Guess what. We decided to really impress the CEO and not to buy any tickets at all”. The accountants were amazed “This we got to see”
When the conductor approached, the accountants all squeezed in to the restroom.
One of the software engineers calmly walked to the restroom and knocked “Ticket please”