RIM In The News For All The Wrong Reasons

Gee, I take a break for a few weeks and all hell breaks loose at Research In Motion. First there’s a profit warning that was issued last week due to the non-existent sales of the Playbook tablet:

On Friday it announced a $485 million pre-tax writedown on the inventory and said full-year profit would not meet earlier forecasts.

That’s bad. This is worse:

On Friday, RIM said it had sold just 150,000 PlayBooks – one for every 74 iPads sold by Apple in its last quarter.

That has #fail written all over it. It’s enough to drive RIM employees to drink.

Oh wait, apparently that’s happened as two RIM execs went on a bit of a bender on an Air Canada flight to China. Here’s what happened next:

Forty-five-year-old George Campbell of Conestogo and 38-year-old Paul Alexander Wilson of Kitchener have been ordered to pay restitution totalling $71,757 after pleading guilty to mischief.

The pair were apparently so intoxicated and belligerent on their packed Toronto to Beijing flight that the crew had to physically restrain them, according to the Richmond RCMP.

One report, from a fellow passenger, said they had to be handcuffed to seats. The pilot decided to turn the plane around when it was north of Alaska, landing the plane in Vancouver at around 10:20 p.m. Monday.

They drunken duo have since been fired by RIM. But the bad news doesn’t end there. RIM’s top guy in Indonesia is facing charges from the government after more than 90 people were hurt when chaos broke out during the launch of RIM’s BlackBerry 9790 in Jakarta.:

But those line-ups turned into a stampede. Numerous people passed out in the crush, and several were hospitalized. “After the event, staff from RIM, together with others involved in the event, visited Hospital Jakarta to extend our support and sympathy to those injured,” RIM said in a news release on Dec. 2.

On Monday, a Reuters news service report said Indonesian police were getting ready to lay charges against a RIM executive involved in the Jakarta promotional event. The company only said that “no RIM employees have been charged and that the company is co-operating with the Indonesia law enforcement.”

You have to feel for RIM as it doesn’t seem like the bad news is going to end.

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