Microsoft chief scrambles in egg attack

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was forced to duck for cover during a talk he was giving at a university after an irate student stood up, shouted abuse and hurled three eggs at him.

The incident, which was captured on video, took place at Budapest's Corvinus University on Monday.

Ballmer had just began speaking when a man wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the hand-painted slogan: "Microsoft = Corruption", stood up and started shouting at the American visitor.

"Give back the money of the taxpayers!" he yelled, before launching three eggs at the stunned Microsoft boss.

Ballmer winced defensively as the first egg flew past him, hitting the whiteboard. He then ducked for cover behind the desk at the front of the lecture theatre as man - later identified as an IT student - let fly with two more eggs.

The student, who was sitting in the middle of the room, five rows from the front, then voluntarily left his seat and was escorted away.

Ballmer watched in stunned silence, a rare spectacle for a man who likes to cavort around the stage in a high animated fashion as he rams home his message.

But the usually unflappable Ballmer quickly regained his composure.

"It was a friendly disruption," he said, with a grin. "That broke my train of thought."

The attack is apparently being linked to controversy over Hungarian Government deals and tenders, which critics say favour Microsoft and lock out the competition.

At least Ballmer was able to dodge the missiles.

Ten years ago, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was attacked by two members of Belgium's notorious "entarteurs" or pie throwers, who evaded security and mashed four fresh cream tarts into his face.




Source: smh.com.au
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