Michael Arrington Sets Fire To $1,500 To Show AOL Who Is Boss

Michael Arrington's mouth and a cigar and cash burning

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Because an HR boss 10 years ago stole millions of dollars from the company, AOL is pretty uptight about expense reports.This drives new-ish AOL employee Michael Arrington crazy.

Since Arrington is also the editor of AOL tech blog TechCrunch, we get to read about it.

Here’s the fun part where he sets $1,500 on fire to prove a point:

AOL is absolutely crazed about questioning employee expenses. Our CEO Heather Harde deals with the brunt of the pain involved in getting expenses approved. But I’ve dealt with my fair share, too.

Last night, for example, I was cleaning up my desk. I have an envelope I keep business expenses in. There was a hotel bill for a trip when my AOL-issued credit card was turned off for the day, some taxi expenses and a restaurant bill. I looked at them, thought about the process for turning those expenses in and then having to defend them via a phone call (Heather would probably save me from this, but there goes an hour of her time). So I did the rational thing. I shredded those receipts – around $1,500 – because it wasn’t worth the pain.

Read the rest of Arrington’s delightful rant here >>

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