My husband is currently employed, but not very happy where he is, and he's applied online to a few places. One company's website asked that he provide a desired salary. His current salary is $85,000 per year, and he hasn't had a raise in years (which is one of the reasons why he's unhappy), so he put "$95,000/year".
VERY shortly afterwards (less than a day), he got a call from the company. They were very excited about his resume and qualifications and couldn't wait to set up an interview. There was just one little thing:
"I see here that your desired salary is $95,000. I'm afraid we can't go quite that high."
"Oh? (Thinking that they were going to offer $80,000 or so.)"
"Yes - but we CAN offer $45,000 per year!"
Cue expectant pause, as though the guy was waiting for my husband to go into rhapsodies at the idea of cutting his salary almost in half.
He seemed very disappointed and perplexed when my husband said politely "I'm afraid that won't work for me."