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TODAY   |  August 12, 2013

AOL chief fires employee on conference call

As company CEO Tim Armstrong was discussing reductions in the Patch group of sites on a conference call of over 1,000 people, Patch creative director Abel Lenz picked up a camera to document the meeting and was fired on the spot.

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>>> way. aol ceo tim armstrong was trying to rally his troops. the focus was the company's patch local news service which was bracing for cut backs. it was going to be a tough call but with about 1,000 people listening in armstrong unleashed an outburst that has a lot of people talking.

>> if you think what's going on right now is a joke and you want to joke around about it, you should pick your stuff up and leave patch today. and the reason is and i'm going to be very specific about this is patch from an appearance, abel put that camera down right now. abel, you're fired. get out. she the creative director . he took photos to post them on a company's internal website. he said he had no come menlt ment on the matter.

>> you can understand the boss being made when he takes out a cell phone to take a picture but it's part of the services they offer. so --

>> it's just a little strange. maybe there's more of a back story to it.

>> he seemed to react fast too. he fired him right away.

>> he didn't hesitate. that's for sure. certainly made his point. you're fired is like a donald trump you're fired.