He had only about $10 in his pocket, an empty bank account, and no credit cards and no place to stay.
This reminds me of the time the CEO (and owner) of the company I worked for had everyone fly to a different state in the middle of the country for our holiday party. Since this was a paid business trip, my understanding was they'd pay for flights, hotel and all meals. I got to the hotel to check in, only to find out they required a credit card deposit from me. I had just moved to this area a month or so earlier, had around $49 in my checking account (I think we were due to get our paychecks a day or so into the trip), no room on the few credit cards I had and only one friend in the area in which I lived (and knew no one, other than those from my office, in that state). I was really embarrassed being faced with this (the room deposit was $50) and not knowing how I was going to handle it (and wondering why the hell the CEO would only go to the extent of paying for the hotel but not covering everything, including room deposits). Even then, why weren't we told in advance that we were going to have to pay a room deposit? Even more idiotic, when we had reached the airport in that state, the CEO had not arranged for transportation for us to the hotel and when called by his dad asking how he was having us get to the hotel, was expecting us all (including his dad, who was the attorney for the company) to pay for our own transportation to get there (the CEO had traveled separately from us). It was pretty idiotic (his dad ended up making the call to the CEO making sure we had a way to get to the hotel at the company's cost). I would've preferred not traveling (I had the flu), but it was clear the CEO expected *everyone* to be there (we were being paid to be there -- small company with four offices spread out over four states -- two west coast, one east coast and one midwest, and we all flew to the midwest office where most of the properties were). This was the first time I'd traveled for business so I had no idea what to expect. From what I remember, there really was no organization to this trip, except some sort of bus tour of the company's properties (I worked for a real estate developer). They really "cheaped out" on the meals (I think they planned dinner the night we got there and dinner the next night but hadn't arranged breakfast the two mornings we were there or lunch the one full day -- lunch ended up being an impromptu stop at some crappy Chinese buffet after the bus tour). However, now that I think about it, we all ended up each getting an iPod from the company as our Christmas gift so, I guess, it wasn't all bad. Still, why skip covering two breakfasts, lunch, transportation between the airport/hotel and room deposits (and these were really really nice and *big* hotel rooms!)? IIRC, since I had no money and didn't know what meals were being covered (I only recall hearing about the two dinners), I believe I packed some granola bars and beverages from home in my suitcase. I think I ended up having a granola bar and diet Coke for breakfast in my hotel room before I was expected to report for the bus tour.