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12/02/2011

Drunk employees and poor results – a bad week for RIM

The picture for RIM got a lot bleaker this week after the company released dismal sales figures, and two employees were fined for having too much fun on a transatlantic flight.

On Friday, the company said it was going to swallow a half-billion dollar charge due to heavy discounts it had to offer consumers as a way to sell its PlayBook tablet.

To be exact, they’ll be booking a $485-million charge before tax on the tablet boondoggle.

The PlayBook originally went on sale for nearly as much as the iPad ($500), but this holiday season the price dived to $199 as the company offered steep discounts for the so-far unsuccessful device.

And then there was the commercial flight diversion...

Two Research in Motion employees were slapped with a hefty $71,757 fine for shenanigans they got up to on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Beijing.

The employees’ drunken rowdiness forced the jet to be diverted to Vancouver – and passengers on the flight had to be put up in hotels for the night until the flight resumed – 18  hours later.

According to one passenger on the plane, the two workers got into a fight with flight attendants. The entire crew reportedly had to subdue the RIM workers, before the pair were handcuffed to seats on the jet. 

Do you think we're being too hard on the Waterloo, Ont. tech company?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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