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(NYPost)   AOL execs spent like crazy on strip joints, hookers and drugs during company's go-go years   ( divider line
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2003-07-02 11:59:14 AM  
That was when AOL was underground. They were so punk rock, then they sold out to the system. It's just like SLC punk.
2003-07-02 12:46:46 PM  
What, that was wrong?
2003-07-02 12:48:17 PM  
jealous prudes.

pass the hookers and blow...
2003-07-02 12:48:47 PM  
That's what I do rite now and I'm nowhere near rich.
2003-07-02 12:48:48 PM  
opportunity knocks...had to take it...nothing personal to that guy, really. :)
2003-07-02 12:49:20 PM  
Every free AOL CD has more cocaine on it than an American one dollar bill. True story.
2003-07-02 12:51:01 PM  
Who didn't?
2003-07-02 12:52:16 PM  
The obvious tag is just too weak in some this one....I submit that a no shiat tag be made...
2003-07-02 12:52:37 PM  
No wonder it's so easy to use!
2003-07-02 12:53:05 PM  
well Pat, things haven't been the same here since Jean ran off with that 'thing'

2003-07-02 12:53:10 PM  
This is news?

I worked at a little internet startup for a year and a half (till they inevitably laid everyone off, later inevitably went bankrupt), and tittie bars were the thing to do on Fridays. My boss would take everyone down there every time we reached a new milestone in a programming project, and our CEO would just take people to them randomly. People used to expense strip club visits, even. I didn't think this kind of thing was supposed to be surprising...

- A.P.
2003-07-02 12:53:21 PM  
" - jaseymou

OMG, if you even care you need help ...
2003-07-02 12:54:05 PM  
they'd pick hookers by seeing if they could bounce an AOL CD off their ass.

bonus points if they could hold a spoonful of H steady without using their mouth or hands.
2003-07-02 12:54:08 PM  
well, that sounds like fun!
2003-07-02 12:54:11 PM  
farking fark farking tags ...

"is that a man or a woman?" - jaseymou

OMG, if you even care you need help ...
2003-07-02 12:54:37 PM  
Sounds like a certain current US president.
2003-07-02 12:55:18 PM  
Atari all over again?
2003-07-02 12:55:34 PM  
So that's why the price of AOHELL is so high, have to pay for hookers, ho's and blow for those scum bags.
2003-07-02 12:56:05 PM  

(seen pre-merger in an AOL chatroom)

Steve_Case001: "LOL ! OMG, I have a stripper sniffing coke off my weeener ! STFU if you don't believe me 111!!!11 And Ted Turner in in the champane room with Brandy the striper !@!!! AFAIK she is farking him . C U L8tr"

2003-07-02 12:56:08 PM  
I have AOL to thank for my collection of colorful coasters and a cool tin box to store a few joints in. Thank you, AOL!
2003-07-02 12:57:05 PM  
"You've got coke! and hookers!"

2003-07-02 12:57:58 PM  
Were they "user friendly" hookers who tried to take over your life as soon as you hired them?

/no AOL software, I don't want you take over my computer

(And no I don't use AOL, I've just worked in IT for awhile and seen it decimate hundreds of systems)
2003-07-02 12:57:59 PM  
2003-07-02 12:58:27 PM  
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2003-07-02 01:00:08 PM  
so who's gonna 'shop that biatch with some strippers and blow?
2003-07-02 01:00:15 PM  
Ok.. I want my AOL with strippers and hookers and drugs, on second thought forget the AOL
2003-07-02 01:00:37 PM  
By the way, AOL is the best company ever. They sent me FREE "Carpet Hockey Pucks" on a weekly basis! They basically financed our weekly 1-on-1 Carpet Hockey Tournaments!
2003-07-02 01:00:58 PM  
Oh, so that's why the ISP costs $23 a month. I mean it wasn't like they were spending money on reliable connections or customer service
2003-07-02 01:00:59 PM  
Maybe if I show my mom this article she'll finally switch to Verizon DSL.

/damn surgery recovery time
2003-07-02 01:01:20 PM  
God, my company is dull.
2003-07-02 01:01:34 PM  
2003-07-02 12:56:08 PM Craptastic

I love those little tin boxes AOL has been handing out! Perfect for "storage".
2003-07-02 01:01:42 PM  
What is this game, carpet hockey, that you speak of?
2003-07-02 01:02:42 PM  
I lived in N.Va. through the roaring late 90s and had several friends who worked there. They weren't even management and just tagging along to their parties and outings led to some amazing times.

Watching the progression of AOL employees was the greatest. They started out with this excited, brainwashed, I'm-doing-God's-work attitude. I had one friend who would NEVER stop talking about how she would be rich in just a few short years.

Once they were layed off (in her care, a matter of days before she owned her stock) the shock and bitter backlash came next. "You mean, they used me, built me up, and then fired me to give my stock to some new middle manager??"

Good times, good times....
2003-07-02 01:02:51 PM  
Where can I get me some of this AOL?

/oh, you mean the company that gives you a month free of online time then charges you for the next month even though you canceled before the month started? Nevermind.
2003-07-02 01:04:06 PM  
Titty bars, whores and drugs are the reasons money was farking invented. Cut these guys some slack.

Now, AOL's actual product, on the other hand, I find morally reprehensible, and for that I'll cheerfully condemn the assholes.
2003-07-02 01:05:26 PM  
AOL Family: Wow, gosh darn it, we're snorting coke from a hooker's bottom.
Real life: Hot DAMN, we're sucking some major blow from a hooker's crack! W00t!
2003-07-02 01:05:42 PM  
This just in. Crack whore claims to have been blowing that guy while he was recording "You've got Mail!"
2003-07-02 01:06:43 PM  
No, they did the opposite scam to my girlfriend. She signed up for the free trial fully intending to cancel it at the end of the month, but they kept giving her free time instead of canceling her account. In other words, they would hope that people would forget when their free time ended after so long that they would stick around (she didn't fall for it).
2003-07-02 01:07:36 PM  
Wow!! I thought this would be a bigger flame war!!

$24 a month for propaganda and a slow ass, unreliable internet connection --- don't think so. Had DSL hooked up last month.
2003-07-02 01:07:39 PM  
Good for them. When the stock plummeted, all that money evaporated. I'd rather have had them blow it on coke and hookers [who in turn put the money into the local economy] than just have the money vanish. Bully for them. I hope to emulate their example one day.
2003-07-02 01:08:54 PM  
You're a hooker? Jesus, I forgot! I just thought I was doing GREAT with you!
2003-07-02 01:08:57 PM  

i wish my company had wild sex and drug parties.
2003-07-02 01:09:07 PM  
Mmmmmm...coke whores.
2003-07-02 01:10:04 PM  
Arthur: Bitterman! Do you want to double your salary?
Bitterman: Yes sir!
Arthur: Then open that door!
2003-07-02 01:12:20 PM  
Tess McGill: You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you're trying to get there. And if you're someone like me, you can't get there without bending the rules

Orren Trask: You've got a real fire in your belly.

Tess McGill: I'm not quite sure what you mean, sir. I've got something in my belly, but I think it's nervous knots.
2003-07-02 01:19:11 PM  
I'm glad to say that my family hasn't been on AOL for years, and then we were only on for a short time. Going to strip joints and the like is one thing, but then expensing it? I mean, that's just rotten. I would advise that anyone looking for good internet service find a good local ISP or use one of the more off-brand, so to speak, national ISPs. We're on at home, and it seems to work fine. It costs $12 per month or $9.95 per month if you pay per year; you are limited to 150 hours per month, but that's not a problem for all but the heaviest users (that's five hours per day, if you average more than five hours a day then you might as well pay the extra for unlimited broadband).
But screw AOL, and M$N for that matter. You can pay through the nose to help them build their respective empires or you can choose a better option and spend the money you save on something else.
2003-07-02 01:19:19 PM  
These types of things are common in young companies. People get promoted for hooking up with the right people or having the same drug problem as their boss. Girls are hired because they have a nice ass. A VP once told me if a girl was f*ckable then she would be hired. It was no coincidence that his staff was packed with hot (brainless) chicks. A friends company was turned upside down when one of the co founders put 21 year old hotties from the local college on salary as 'engineers.' Money and options grew on trees back then...those were the days.
2003-07-02 01:20:57 PM  
the untoward behavior had a socializing effect, a way of bonding AOLers, like the little mischievous boys of The Lord of the Flies.

Didn't the kids wind up killing a couple of their own in human sacrifices? (At least, it was in the book - never bothered with the movie. 'Heard it sucked)

2003-07-02 01:22:29 PM  
if I was rich like that I wouldnt survive a year, Id probably drink/fark/smoke myself to death, loving every minute of it
2003-07-02 01:25:17 PM  
What's with some men? They get away from their wives for a few days and act like animals.
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