So the U.S. government is indignant about wasteful spending in the form of alleged $16 muffins at a 2009 conference. According to Hilton (the Capital Hilton played host to the event in question), that $16 included much more than a muffin.
“Dining receipts are often abbreviated and do not reflect the full pre-contracted menu and service provided,” a Hilton statement said, “as is the case with recent media reports of breakfast items approved for some government meetings. In Washington, the contracted breakfast included fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and muffins, plus tax and gratuity, for an inclusive price of $16 per person.”
The Office of Inspector General says it stands by the report.
This whole issue, of course, is about much more than muffins, as the greater concern is another governmental assault on the meeting and event industry. It's interesting to note, however, that the incident that triggered the entire issue might have been completely misrepresented (or misunderstood) from the outset.
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