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"There's no special occasion. I'm just taking up a collection to help pay my income tax."
'We're collecting for Charlie. He's leaving because he won the lottery.'
"It's a whip round. I want to take the new secretary to lunch."
"It's a collection for Shirley. I want to take her to lunch."
'We're hoping to get enough for the boss to take early retirement.'
'I'd like a receipt for income tax purposes.'
'It's for the office computer. It's been replaced.'
'Sorry, I never give at the office - it makes me feel so insignificant.'
'I guess our company is in worse shape than we thought. The boss is taking up a collection.'
"My birthday is coming up in a couple of days - don't you think you'd better get busy and take up a collection for my gift?"
"I knew you wouldn't want to miss the office collection."
'It's a collection for Elaine. I want to take her to lunch.'
'Besides running office pools, taking up office collections and being the office party coordinator, do you have any other work experience?'
Wait a second - doesn't he work for the company next door?
"I'd feel like a hypocrite contributing to his farewell gift after firing him."
"Besides running office pools, taking up office collections and being the office party coordinator, do you have any other work experience?"
An office collection for an employee penniless from too many office collections