I particularly enjoyed the one I received earlier this week. It was for a largish organisation whose name would be instantly recognisable to any UK-based reader of this journal (which is why I am not including it, duh), and was fairly standard except for:
- a request to know my tax district
- a line which said "I agree to abide by organisation Financial Terms and Conditions for Suppliers"
I'd never been asked for (1) before (and couldn't think of a reason why they'd need to know it given that I was supplying goods rather than services), and prefer not to agree to abide by things I haven't seen yet, so I asked for a clarification of (1) and a copy of the Financial Terms etc. etc. etc.
Days passed. Tumbleweeds rolled by.
This morning I finally got a mail back including forwards from the Financial Controller of the organisation concerned. It boiled down to "if we're not hiring you as a contractor, we don't need your tax district. Er, and we don't seem to have any standard terms and conditions."
Well, that's all right then...