It’s not unusual for corporate board members to get perks. Board members of Brinker International, which franchises Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, On the Border and Maggiano’s can eat for free at the company’s restaurants using a complimentary dining card.
For some, their answer is thanks, but no thanks.
Three of the nine board members, including now defense secretary Robert Gates, didn’t use their cards at all. In Brinker’s proxy filing, they disclose the tax liability paid by Brinker for each director. The hungriest director incurred the company a $1,012 gross up. (Equating to roughly $3,000 worth of dining.)