The other day we were discussing the episode of Jesus being anointed by the sinner woman with the fragrant perfume and Judas intervening saying that it would have been better to sell the oil and give the money to the poor. That Judas had his ulterior motives, is put in black and white. However, the incident shows the emphasis of two persons in the same event. Jesus looks at the value of a person while Judas is all about the cost of the thing. (I think the idea was propounded by Fulton J. Sheen).
Being the administrator I can very well relate to this observation made. Often the cost of a material good decides the course of action rather than the value of the person involved in that interaction.