Fatty two-seats pays price of media ploy

Being overweight can seriously damage your reputation and job prospects. This is what Tony Mazzamuto, president of a company set...

Being overweight can seriously damage your reputation and job prospects. This is what Tony Mazzamuto, president of a company set up to protect online shoppers from fraud, found out recently.

Being somewhat portly, Mazzamuto had been asked by Southwest Airlines to buy two tickets for a journey, rather than the customary one. Outraged, he complained to the media. His expose backfired somewhat dramatically however, when several past acquaintances announced that he has a criminal record for cocaine possession, possession of a gun and had served three years in prison. Just to top things off, he had also lied about academic achievements.

Soon after, Cyberbuck, the company he had been working for, announced that Mazzamuto had resigned because of "philosophical differences".

No meeting day

According to a report this week, a US corporation in Wisconsin has decreed that twice a month, it will have "no meeting days", with signs put up saying "room sealed by order of no meeting day police".

Apparently, lengthy meetings meant staff ended up taking work home, came back to work shattered, had no time for family, no time for kids, no time for sex, relationships were falling apart, etc.

Now, if only every company would recognise that meeting after meeting after meeting followed by zillions of e-mails, and follow-up phone calls means no work done, we'd all be better off. Maybe it's time for a campaign against pointless meetings. And while we're at it, why not make one day every week a no meetings day.

A name to be dropped

Many companies spend an inordinate amount of time and money deciding on a name for their business. There are even organisations that exist purely to dream up killer names. Which makes it all the more perplexing why there are so many duff company names out there. Maybe that is what the powers-that-be at Fame Computers thought when they created a new company to handle the software branch of the business, formerly known as LSD Software. The new company operates under the innocuous name of Lateral Software.

Surfing judges warned

Most of us have experienced the watchful corporate eye when it comes to Internet use at work. But now it appears that even our country's finest judges cannot be trusted to surf the Net.

One thousand full-time judges have been banned from doing online shopping or browsing the Internet for any other leisure-based activities on their new laptop computers, it was reported earlier this week.

The judges have been reminded that their laptops are for judicial purposes only. If they abuse the privilege, they face being reported to the judicial technology group. However, Downtime thinks the judges should be given a little more freedom to acquaint themselves with the modern world. Now what was the URL for that fascinating Brittany Spears site

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