The Oklahoma State University was shocked recently to learn that a university employee was able to use a university credit card to buy tens of thousands of dollars of lingerie, sex toys and other personal items. Cynthia Low, 44, allegedly used the taxpayer-funded card to buy an impressive amount of such items before being caught.
While Low was making only $28,000 a year, she spent at least $806,000 on her university credit card — though not all on extracurricular supplies.
Here is a partial list of those items:
• Dozens of sex toys, pieces of lingerie and other clothing for $2,300;
• More than 50 pieces of lingerie for $1,500;
• More than 30 panties and slips for $756;
• Estee Lauder lip plumper and makeup for $530;
• Fragrances and lotions from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works for $311;
• Nintendo Wii games and DVDs for $284;
• Sapphire and cubic zirconia jewelry for $148.
Remarkably, there has been no mention of a criminal charge in the case.
She reportedly made many of the purchases after she and her husband emerged from bankruptcy. At the time, Low’s wages were being garnished by a loan company.
The university says that it has implemented a new training program for employees on the correct use of credit cards. That must be an interesting class.
Lesson One: shopping at Victoria’s Secret does not keep the purchases a secret from the University.
Lesson Two: if you are buying something you would not want to show your mother, it is probably not on the approved list of university items.
Lesson Three: if it is ordered from a post office box in Vegas and comes without any markings on the exterior, it is probably a personal expenses.
Lesson Four: while our motto is “branding success,” branding irons are not an approved expenditure.
Lesson Five: anything with more x’s than the Periodic Table is probably something to leave on the shelf.