Hold the internet

I got a project yesterday that stated the following:

Per Senior Management. Box up all equipment in former VP’s office(monitor, docking station, flat-panel monitor, and printer) and set up in former VP’s home. He already has his laptop, but will need all other equipment. Coordinate delivery & setup with former VP.

The VP in question just retired so Senior Management decided to give him his hardware as a gift. We’re giving him approximately $2,600 in equipment for free…and the kicker is this:

If he asks for access to the internet, explain to him that he will need to get a DSL connection.

In other words, we said, “Here, Dude. Take all of this hardware for free, but, uh, if you want internet access, you’re going to have to pay for that on your own.” We’d have been better off giving him access and keeping the hardware.

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2 comments on “Hold the internet

  1. Betsy says:

    It’s a business thing – they can write off his equipment now and take the full depreciation on it (tax implications), plus they get the credit for the gesture.

    But if you pay for his internet connection, you’re signing up to provide support for said connection. You know already that you don’t want to go there – right?

  2. Howard says:

    So, uh, you’re saying I should not have given him my home and cell phone number? Crap…now you tell me.

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