3. Armstrong's Apology
Sorry, Tim Armstrong, but we don't accept your apology. In our eyes, you remain a turd.
AOL's (AOL) CEO ate crow Tuesday, apologizing to his employees for his very public firing of a creative director for the company's Patch local-news business. Armstrong sacked Abel Lenz last Friday in front of his fellow employees -- not to mention a thousand more co-workers listening in on a conference call -- for taking his picture during a company-wide meeting. For the record, Lenz photographed Armstrong at similar gatherings many times before. According to Armstrong, however, he was previously ordered to refrain from taking pictures, which resulted in his immediate ouster.
"Abel, put that camera down right now! Abel, you're fired. Out!" Armstrong ordered Lenz before coolly returning to his original topic of turning around the money-losing Patch service.Yep, Armstrong raised his inner Cain and slew Abel so everybody at the company could see. Too bad tough-guy Tim didn't realize the rest of the world was watching as well. Talk about inspiring the troops, Timbo! We can only imagine the talent that must be lining up to work for you after that Trump-esque episode. Who are we kidding Timmy-boy? Even the Donald's famed firings on The Apprentice are less cringe-worthy than your outburst. At least Trump shows some emotion during his staged dismissals so viewers at home can see that he means business. You were so eerily calm while canning Lenz it looked like business as usual. "I am accountable for the way I handled the situation, and at a human level it was unfair to Abel," Armstrong said in a memo to employees. "As you know, I am a firm believer in open meetings, open Q&A and this level of transparency requires trust across AOL." How very human of you Tim. We're sure you'll gain a lot of trust after this eye-opening incident.
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