OK, Union Bank of Don Rickles, How's This For Comedy: Your Stock's Down 24% YTD

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Well, I just had a lovely conversation with UBS’s head of investment bank corporate communications. She was calling to ream me out about our Rock Band story from yesterday, because apparently it has to do with charity—the tryouts were for a competition being held during a May 6th dinner, at which UBS is being named the recipient of the “Heart of Gold Award” by the Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County—and we made light of the auditions, held in the UBS cafeteria. She mentioned several times that our insinuation that the whole thing was really a prescreening for upcoming layoffs “wasn’t amusing at all.” In my defense, none of the tipsters who told us about the auditions mentioned anything about charity, which we rarely, if ever, poke fun at. I should have done my due diligence, but the notion, while silly, that UBS would be putting together a Rock Band team to compete against other local businesses, not unlike a corporate softball team, didn’t seem that far fetched. Nor did the conspiracy theory that senior execs had taken our December suggestion that firms ought to play one big game of Assassin to determine who gets laid off seriously, decided to run with it, and put their own musical spin on things.
Also in my defense? That post was moderately funny. I’m comfortable saying that. If it wasn’t “amusing” enough for you, well, then I guess you’re a more critical arbiter of comedy than me. The bottom line is that the purpose of this site is to offer funny stuff about finance. If yesterday’s piece wasn’t good enough for you, Chuckles, tell you what—you write something "amusing" about UBS, and I’d be more than happy to put it up. Either that, or eat 250 oysters. Until then, get out of my face.
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*But, seriously, it's nice that you do charity.


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