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Two RIM executives caught drunk on an airplane, disrupt flight to China

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Two RIM executives caught drunk on an airplane, disrupt flight to China
How many executives do you need to disrupt a flight? Turns out the answer is two, if measured in RIM executives. The latest publc relations fail from the Canadian company includes drunk executives on an Air Canada flight 31 headed to Beijing.

George Campbell and Paul Alexander Wilson were charged with mischief yesterday and pleaded guilty. The two got so drunk, they wouldn’t obey flight crew and the pilot was reportedly forced to stop the flight from Toronto and head back to Vancouver just after crossing the Alaskan border.

Each of them was fined $35,878 and ordered to not contact Air Canada or fly with the company during their one-year probation. RIM issued a statement saying: “Based on the limited information available at this time, RIM has suspended the individuals involved pending further investigation.”

While that was the funny part of the story, the sad part is that 314 passengers had to land in Vancouver and wait overnight in a hotel for another 18 hours for the plane to continue its journey to China. One of the passengers says that the two were even fighting with the flight attendants, so the crew was forced to choose security and ground the plane.


Thanks, ardent1!

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posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:39 9

1. kylemc (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I guess this is what happens when your company begins to continually lose market share every quarter...

posted on 03 Dec 2011, 22:02

14. hepresearch (unregistered)


... the lost market share becomes directly proportional to the amount of corporate expense account money spent on pouring alcohol into their bellies, which then becomes directly proportional to the amount of money spent on paying their fines when they behave badly in public (or on commercial flights), which then becomes directly proportional to the amount of executive-level layoffs that occur...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:39 9

2. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


"I TOLD you Surfboard was a terrible name!"
"Well YOU ARE THE ONE THAT RELEASED THE STORM!!!"

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 16:59 1

13. kylemc (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


One person bought the storm...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:46 2

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


sounds like new version of STORM

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:50 4

4. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. no wonder RIM is having issue after issue.. with quality executives like that and all.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:53

5. thissitesucks (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


No where in any article about this case does it say that the two employees kicked off were "executives." Nice spin, PhoneArena.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 08:58 3

6. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Not sure, I clicked on the Business Insider link and it has the same information...

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:27 3

8. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Due to standard business protocols. Companies don't send errands boys oversea simply because they can -- they send "executives" (high-level, mid-level, or even low-level) abroad for business meetings since these flights needed to be justified.

Keep in mind "executives" is part of the business lexicon or argot.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 09:35 5

7. jacko (unregistered)


executives should have more sense

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:22 1

12. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


So should lawyers, judges, police officers and... and... and... everyone in this world.

Nobody has their head on straight anymore!

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 10:54 4

9. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Just because their company is failing doesn't mean they have to throw their life away like this.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:39 1

10. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Further proof that everyone that works in an office at RIM is a dumbass.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:11 1

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Its a shame really that this is happening to the company. RIM wouldnt have got where they were without hard work and talent. Then instead of making a serious effort to compete they let Apple and Google dwindle down their marketshare. I do hope that their phones next year are amazing, but it can't come soon enough for them as the share is just diving, diving at least until then. And if the new OS fails, they should hop on Android ASAP instead of doing like Nokia and betting on an OS that is unproven.

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