Microsoft CFO = Snidely Whiplash

“The large print giveth, the small print taketh away. Microsoft, which recently laid off 1400 employees, is now claiming that some of those lucky schmoes were inadvertently overpaid on their severance package. A letter from the company, which was subsequently circulated on the internet, states: ‘We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you.’ Microsoft has confirmed the authenticity of the letter, but it’s not known what the amounts in question are, or how many of the 1400 were affected.”


(This is snidely whiplash, in case you didn’t know.)


  1. #1 Epicanis
    February 22, 2009

    Thanks – now I can’t get the voice of Steve Ballmer saying “If you don’t give me the deed to your ranch I’m gonna throw you on the railroad tracks!” out of my head.

  2. #2 Stacy
    February 23, 2009

    I am very upset that Wikipedia has an entry about ‘Snidley Whiplash’ and not Antennarius striatus. End rant.

  3. #3 CanadaGoose
    February 23, 2009

    My husband agreed to do some work for Microsoft & got a partial payment. He never did the work (long and stupid story) so MS asked for the money back. We never sent it. They never asked again.
    So maybe the lawyers made ’em do it? Dunno.
    Just what happened in our case.

  4. #4 Brian of Claremore
    March 23, 2009

    Wow! This is so reflective of the state of the economy. Thanks for sharing!