Access is on a need-to-nosh basis

This contractor pilot fish is working at a government facility, and he has access to almost all his team's meetings.

That's almost all. "I was not allowed to go to certain morning meetings," says fish. "I asked my supervisor why, since other members of the department with equal clearance to myself were allowed.

"My supervisor explained that the reason I could not attend is that at these morning meetings coffee and donuts were served. If I attended the meeting, then a contractor would be getting something for free -- meaning the facility did not get anything back in return for the coffee and donuts -- and the rules only allowed money to be spent for employees.

"However, he said, I was welcome to the leftovers that were put in the kitchen after the meeting."

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