Company declines to press charges, claims it was ‘just a big misunderstanding’
By Dan Tynan
Billionaire Bill Gates was briefly detained after attempting to break into offices at Microsoft’s worldwide headquarters late last night.
The Microsoft co-founder retired from his position as Chairman last July, but maintains an office on the sprawling Redmond campus.
According to officials, Gates attempted to enter the offices by force shortly after midnight on Monday, only to be apprehended by security guards. Witnesses at the scene say a visibly agitated Gates claimed he’d attempted to log onto the Microsoft network from home but his password was denied, so he decided to come to the office to find out “what the hell was going on.”
A Microsoft spokesperson was at a loss to explain why Gates’ keys no longer worked.
Gates, currently the world’s richest man according to Forbes Magazine, was detained by Microsoft’s security team for approximately 20 minutes until his identity could be verified.
“Lucky for him somebody recognized him from those Jerry Seinfeld commercials, or he might still be in lockup,” noted one eye witness who asked to remain anonymous.
Gates could not be reached for comment at press time.