As British government launches campaign to get workers to report bosses if they're being short-changed...
"She only makes the teas and sweeps the floors" and "I thought it was OK to pay foreign workers below the National Minimum Wage" are just two of the excuses UK employers have used for failing to provide their staff with adequate remuneration.
Britain's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a dossier on some of the worst reasons given when employers were asked why they were not paying the legal minimum.
It's part of an "awareness campaign" to educate workers about their entitlements and comes in the wake of criticism that the UK government is not prosecuting enough companies that are guilty of the practice.
The UK's Independent reports that only three firms out of 7000 have been prosecuted for failing to pay minimum wage since February 2014.
The data shows that over 13,000 workers are being underpaid, coming to a total cost of over £3.5bn (€4.04bn) to the workforce.
Investigators from HM Revenue & Customs revealed the 10 strangest lines they encountered:
Under UK law, all workers must be paid at least £7.20 (€8.32) an hour if they are aged 25 years and over, or the National Minimum Wage rate relevant to their age if they are younger.