Interns gone wild! Young techies steal popcorn, Microsoft embarrasses itself, Apple intern lawyers up

Blame Microsoft. The thousands of young techies at San Francisco’s annual Internapalooza on Monday night might’ve been better behaved if Microsoft hadn’t incited them beforehand.

“Hell yes to getting lit on a Monday night,” a painfully uncool Microsoft recruiter’s memo to tech-industry interns said. And that statement wasn’t the only one to show the tech giant trying way too hard to look hip to its millennial targets as it marketed its Internapalooza after-party. “There will be hella noms, lots of dranks, the best beats and just like last year we’re breaking out the Yammer beer pong tables,” the recruiter wrote, cleverly switching between personas, from hipster to gangsta to urban bro.

Apparently, however, one of the “noms” on offer during regular Internapalooza hours cost money, which didn’t go down well with some attendees. “They’re taking things that don’t belong to them,” Billie Feliciano, 68, told The Guardian after her concession stand was plundered of popcorn. “They don’t even ask.”

Organizers said more than 8,000 people had signed up for what’s billed as the largest gathering of interns on the planet. There was plenty of free stuff available at the event, which took place in the club-level area of AT&T Park. “Name-tag-sporting millennials travelled in packs of three and four as they scooped up branded T-shirts, tote bags, water bottles, Moleskine notebooks, sunglasses, argyle socks from Zillow, mobile device charge pads from eBay, winter caps from Google, flip flops from Andreessen Horowitz, and – the overall favorite – selfie sticks and throw pillows from YouTube,” The Guardian reported.

Amid the pillaging of popcorn and the snatching of swag, one intern attempted to hew closely to the do-or-die, secret-squirrel code of her temporary mothership, according to The Guardian’s report.

“Shortly after granting an on-the-record interview about her internship and background, an Apple intern tracked down this reporter, demanded that the interview be retracted and the reporter’s notes turned over, and called an attorney to discuss her legal rights in the situation,” the article said. “The quotes in question? ‘We’re completely trained in all kinds of secrecy,’ the Apple intern said. Asked what the training entailed, she responded, ‘I can’t discuss that either.'”

Photo: This film publicity image released by 20th Century Fox shows Owen Wilson, right, and Vince Vaughn in a scene from “The Internship.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Phil Bray)
 

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