Stockholders of publicly traded companies, as well as the general public, have recently become outraged with executive compensation
and their hefty bonuses, especially in light of the mounting losses at some companies. It seems that no matter what happens or what they do, executives somehow always win
. They win big during their employment, and sometimes even more as they retire. With all that money, you'd think that haggling over some perks in their package would be beneath them . . . but it isn't.
The recent outrageous perk award goes to Continental Airlines
) CFO Jeffrey Misner who asked for and was granted a free lifetime parking spot
at Jacksonville International Airport. As long as the 54-year-old retiree lives within 200 miles of Jacksonville Airport, and providing Continental has operations at the airport, Misner will have a free parking place. Of course, that's just a perk that goes with a $2,997,000 retirement pay
At the beginning of the year, many were shocked to hear that Countrywide Financial Corp. -- the poster child of the subprime mortgage meltdown, which has been bought by Bank of America
) -- CEO Angelo Mozilo was going to receive a $36.4 million cash severance payments, $400,000 per year for consulting services, and perks including the use of a private airplane. He walked away
from most of these after a public outcry. Don't feel bad though, he still left with at least $23.8 million.
It just doesn't cease to amaze me how some people have the nerve to ask for certain perks in addition to their very fine salaries and severance pays. Here are some more examples: