Ballmer grabs Apple iPhone from Microsoft employee and ‘stomps’ it into ground

At Microsoft’s private company meeting at Seattle’s Safeco Field yesterday a “poor Microsoft employee who tried to take a picture of Ballmer with an iPhone,” Todd Bishop reports for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

MacDailyNews Take: Doesn’t sound “poor” to us. He /she sounds smarter than the average Softie; must work at MacBU.

Bishop reports, “When Ballmer was making his big entrance — slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture.”

“Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away,” Bishop reports. “The scene was visible on the big screen, so even people in the upper deck could see what was happening.”

Bishop reports, “Of course, Ballmer might do better in the future by making sure that the employee has good reason to pick a Windows-branded phone over competing devices — but as one of the person’s colleagues noted on Twitter, ‘you just don’t pick up the CEO of Chevy in a BMW.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That employee must be new or he’d know that the delusional Microsoft brass loves to pretend that they don’t offer inferior products and that Apple, their inspiration, doesn’t even exist.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MBP Screamer” for the heads up.]


  1. That’s a very telling photography of him…He’s at once bemused an befuddled. He’s intrigued and bewildered. Please, please let him stay in charge at Microsoft…It’s really helping my stock in Apple.

  2. Funny. Balmer had a bit of a point with that. If it was not company issued then he can’t damage it. I think Jobs would have the same problem with a win mob phone at an apple event. the only reason he would not if it was a demo on how hard it is to do simple things on win phone.

  3. @Twitter

    ‘you just don’t pick up the CEO of Chevy in a BMW.

    1. No because clearly Rick Wagoner’s bailed out/fired A$$ is too broke to call a limo.

    2. No but then again you won’t be picking him up in a Pontiac again either.

    3. Same as above replacing Pontiac with Saab, Saturn, Hummer.

    4. Of course not. Any place he can drive, he can take a company plane for 10x the cost.

  4. Ballmer may be a dufus, but this still wasn’t a very smart thing the employee did. Some times it turns out that terms like “not a team player” or “occasionally doesn’t share the company’s vision” appear in performance evaluations as a result of things like this.

  5. Maybe the employee was in charge of testing the Bing SDK for iPhone.

    I once used FedEx to send a package to UPS headquarters. The next week our UPS guy said, “That’s not funny.”

  6. I quite like Balmer. It’d be good to have him around at work, you know, like one of those friendly morons that everyone chides now and again.

    “Hey Steve, nip down to the stores and get me some elbow grease”
    “Yeah, okay”


    “Hey Steve, can you go to the store for a long stand?”
    ” No problem”

    and when he leaves the room, everyone laughs and shakes their heads.

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