From the world of #relatable crimes: a woman is being sued by her former company for binging 55 episodes of Friends at work over four days. This news is so wild, we guess we’ll pause our own binge sesh to talk about it.
Robert De Niro’s loan-out company (which is just a fancy way of saying the registered business whose sole purpose is to serve De Niro and organize his time) has filed a $6 million lawsuit against former employee Chase Robinson for spending “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix on the job and embezzling money, according to Variety. One of those things is a whole lot more serious than the other, but this is ~the internet~ so you know which one we (and literally everyone other than the lawyers involved in the case) are talking about.
According to the suit, there was a four-day period during which Robinson watched those episodes of Friends and another span of four days when she watched 20 episodes of Arrested Development and 10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek (how do you only watch 10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek? That show is a national treasure!). She also charged an expensive lunch and dinner on her company credit card during that time.
Robinson started off at the company as one of De Niro’s assistants in 2008 and was eventually promoted to “vice president of production and finance” which made her a hefty $300,000 in 2019. She left the company in April after alleged “corporate sabotage,” according to the suit. In addition to the copious TV watching, the suit alleges Robinson used millions of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles for personal trips and racked up tens of thousands of dollars on her company credit card for personal meals, hotel stays, Ubers and even groceries (from Whole Foods, of course).
While those are obviously some serious allegations, noted #relatable celeb, Ryan Reynolds pointed out what we were all thinking—Friends is a show worth losing your job over.
I’ve said it before. It’s a really great show.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 20, 2019