AIG Does Away With One Good Thing About Working At AIG

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We're not going to be one of those assholes who says things like, "It should come as a shock to exactly no one that AIG couldn't send out a two line memo regarding a move to business casual without fucking it up." We'll just pass it on that shortly after informing employees that in an effort to make up for the fact that AG Andrew Cuomo made them get rid of facials and hunting trips, management had decided, starting October 24, that it was permissible to show up wearing jeans so dirty they smell like wet dog," a follow up went out to "clarify" that the policy is only good on Fridays.

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