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RetailMeNot rewards some employees with Costco shopping spree

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With less than two weeks until Christmas many people will soon be receiving their holiday gifts from their employers. Bonus checks, gift certificates, and holiday hams are what most anticipate, but there are some companies rewarding their employees for outstanding performance in a much bigger way, with a shopping spree as the Wall Street Journal reported on Dec., 10, 2013.

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On Thursday, coupon website RetailMeNot, Inc. is giving employee, Alan Comley two minutes to run through a Texas Costco and grab anything he get onto his cart. The 27-year-old software engineer says he wasn't even a member of the wholesale store until just a few days ago and he looking to break the record.

In 2012, Ladan Ezadi, 27, and Angela Wong, 30, also employees of RetailMeNot, were both given shopping sprees at Costco. Ezadi, a recruiter, had two minutes and rang up $17,496.12 in merchandise. Wong, a graphic designer, was the first employee to do the shopping spree. She had three minutes and hauled in almost $25,000 worth of computers, televisions, cameras, Roomba robot vacuums and Dom Pérignon Champagne.

RetailMeNot CEO Cotter Cunningham says after Wong's Costco shopping spree the rules had to change.

"When I handed over the Amex, my heart did kind of a flutter," he said. "I was like, 'Oh God, my board is going to give me grief over this.'"

He reduced the time from three to two minutes and employees were allowed one item per category. Jewelry and gift cards allowed.

Other companies do similar bonus reward for employees. Nonprofit health and hospital organizations OhioHealth, bring their veteran employees to a shopping center and hands them an envelope with cash to spend, followed by a lunch reception with a red-carpet entrance.

Does your company do holiday bonuses? What's the best and worst holiday bonus you've ever received?

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