Do you remember in the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", when Clark's long-awaited bonus finally arrived, in the form of a subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club? He was pretty upset. It was a weird form of a bonus, but he eventually got his cash.

That has nothing on some of the things a study from PR Newswire discovered as odd things people have gotten as a substitute for a pay raise.

Some of them aren't that weird. Grocery coupons? As long as they're not expired. Socks? Bring 'em on--as long as they're new and still in the packaging. Fresh meat from a hunting trip? It's free food, I guess, as long as it's cleaned and packaged and not LITERALLY fresh off a hunting trip, if you know what I mean. A loaf of bread? Hey, some people could use all the help they can get. I'm not saying I'd want any of these things in place of a raise or bonus, but I probably wouldn't turn 'em down.

But a large carving of a polar bear? Huh? A golden key to a non-existent executive bathroom? What?

Another person did get an actual raise--to the tune of a whopping 3 cents.

There were some good surprise bonuses as well, like playoff tickets, a new car, an actual legitimate, large bonus and an all-expense paid trip to Jamaica (get me an application to that company...). I'm pretty close to cracking the Top 11 blogs within our office. That will be an extra special bonus when it happens. Any day now.

You can see the rest of the list HERE.

It's the thought that counts, but what are some weird things you've gotten as a substitute for a raise or bonus? Or, share a totally unexpected bonus you got in a good way, in the comments!

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