Baker & McKenzie on of the world largest law firm made the headlines tonight on the BBC, but for all the wrong reasons. The story is given in some details in an article on vnunet.com: Ian Thomson, "On the internet everyone knows you're tight", vnunet, 17 Jun 2005. (Accessed 17 June 2005 at 1913).
"Richard Phillips, a senior associate with Baker & McKenzie ... emailed secretary Jenny Amner asking for £4 to cover the cost of cleaning a ketchup spill she had made on his trousers.
After returning to work the day after her mother's funeral to find a note on her desk reminding her about the money, she replied to his email and forwarded it to colleagues.
"With reference to the email below, I must apologise for not getting back to you straightaway but, due to my mother's sudden illness, death and funeral, I have had more pressing issues than your £4," she wrote.
"I apologise again for accidentally getting a few splashes of ketchup on your trousers. Obviously your financial need as a senior associate is greater than mine as a mere secretary."
Despite friends offering to have a whip-round, Ms Amner paid the money back herself. Meanwhile, the email began circulating within the legal profession before spreading to inboxes worldwide."
Good for you Ms Amner! Richard Phillips, is undoubtedly having his fifteen minutes of fame. I wonder how he likes his fries ?
According to the London Daily Mail, he is a a "City solicitor specialising in computer law and electronic commerce", believe it or not. :-)