Word to the wise: don’t take a photograph of your boss.
An AOL employee learned that the hard way, as AOL CEO Tim Armstrong allegedly fired an executive for taking his picture during a meeting.
Here’s how it went down, according to Jim Romenesko:
“[Creative Director] Abel [Lenz], put that camera down. You’re fired. Out,” Armstrong said. After a pause of about five seconds, he then continued the call as though nothing had happened.
Then after about five more minutes of talking about whatever, he threw in “and the reason I fired Abel before was I don’t want anyone taking pictures of this meeting.” He invoked some kind of comparison to a sports team’s locker room.
But he seriously fired someone live on a conference call with the entire company … a call that informed us that no one would be laid off today but that instead the layoffs (sorry, “impacts”) would happen at different junctures next week depending on the success of finding “partners” for moribund Patch sites.
Sounds pretty harsh. Is Armstrong doing this to prove a point, or are these the actions of a desperate man at a desperate time? Either way, sneaking a photo of your boss during a meeting is a pretty dumb thing to do.
Update 08/11, 7:35PM: Listen to the leaked audio of Tim Armstrong firing this employee in front of 1,000 people.
Via Valley Wag, Photo courtesy D Vice