- Acquisitions staff salaries, including those of the two posts that have been vacant for more than a year-and-a-half; and Jimmy Huddersfield's post which has been vacant for eight months;
- The maintenance costs of the ordering software;
- Stationery costs;
The cost of the furniture and equipment;
The cost of having librarians and other staff choosing books for stock.
"Why not include a proportion of the Chief Executive's salary?" I asked.
There was some quibbling as to whether or not to include the floor area used by the half of the double-sided bookshelves holding the donations that need to be looked at by the non-existant Stock Librarian. The crowning glory came when she instructed Seth to measure half of the office I used to share with Jimmy. This involved him stretching a tape measure across the office umpteen times until Mary was finally convinced that they were measuring the correct area.
"In what way has this office been involved in stock procurement since Jimmy's retirement?" I asked.
By this stage I was getting truculent:
"You'll need to subtract half of the pathway through the section that I use for egress from my office," I pointed out.
"We don't need that sort of detail," replied Mary.