And the moral of the story is: If you’re ripping off your own record label for $20,000 worth of pilfered CDs, don’t make your interns do all the work selling it on eBay – they might rat you out.
That was the fate of one hapless Jive Records executive assistant who was recently canned for his inventive side business.
“He was selling pre-release Justin Timberlake albums for $50 a pop,” laughs our snitch. “And he was using the Jive mailroom to send them out.”
But the interns didn’t love having to do the shipping themselves.
“They sent an E-mail to Jive president Barry Weiss from an anonymous E-mail account, InternsArePeopleToo@[redact- ed], and copied every vice president to tell them they were ‘fired up.’”
The executive assistant, however, was just fired.
There are many things to love about this story–who knew that copies of albums given out to label employees needed to be watermarked? (cough, cough)–but it makes us wonder about other sordid dealings interns have seen, and other ways they’ve tried to rise up against their non-paying masters. If you’re a music-biz intern, or intern emeritus, with a tale to tell, feel free to send your sabotage stories to us. We’ll reprint them anonymously, allowing you to privately revel in your refracted glory.