MICROSOFT EMPLOYEES TAKE PAID DAY-OFF TO WORK AT DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER
Center Says Thanks But Go Away
SEATTLE, WA /DenounceNewswire/ -- November 32, 1996 --
Following last week's announcement
by AT&T, which kicked off a community service program that gives all
employees nationwide a paid-day to volunteer at non-profit organizations,
Microsoft announced a similar program today, by sending four thousand
employees to the Downtown Memorial Community Center in downtown Seattle.
"The launch of this campaign was arranged to be near Thanksgiving, a
traditional time to reach out to others," said Ian Sincere, Microsoft
public relations manager. "We expect that by the end of l997, these
paid-days will translate into a million hours of volunteer work."
However, unlike the relatively peaceful efforts by AT&T employees at
a Detroit community center recently, the arrival of four thousand
Microsoft employees at a modest community center in downtown Seattle
became a disaster zone within minutes.
"We never asked for their help! Please, go away!" said a spokesperson
for the organization.
Police efforts to keep the Microsoft doo-gooders away were unsuccessful
when the sheer numbers of programmers, managers, and administrative
personnel from Microsoft broke through barriers in their zeal to do good.
"A computer on every desk, in every home... and in every community
center," droned Bill Gates, who led the charge this morning in Seattle.
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