I spotted this disclaimer at the bottom of an email from Microsoft inviting me to a DevCamp in Nepal. Ok, so don’t ask Why in Hell Microsoft are inviting me to go Nepal, what they have been smoking, where they harvested that particular address, or indeed why I ever actually read disclaimers, but here’s the kicker:
NOTICE TO ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – We trust you understand Microsoft’s desire to ensure that we – and you – comply with applicable government gift and ethics rules set forth in Federal and State regulations, which restrict/prohibit public sector (government or education) employees from accepting gifts from entities doing or seeking official business with the public sector. A “gift” includes meals, giveaways, free software or other items of value given away at an event. If you wish to receive any of these items, you must pay market value for them or have written approval from your gifting/ethics officer or responsible attorney. Additional information and gift letter are available on registration site.
You know, I am very glad I am not an employee of the Government. Or worse, their responsible attorney.