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November 08, 2001
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The Wrath of Martha

Martha Stewart, the empress of entertaining and good taste, is having a little trouble getting her own employees to RSVP, according to the Reuters news agency.

Many of the more than 600 people who work for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia were unfashionably late in responding to her idea of a series of intimate dinner parties at co-workers' homes this holiday season, in lieu of a traditional company Christmas party at a hotel or restaurant.

Reportedly, Stewart was a little peeved when told that less than a quarter of staff had responded to her invitation. She even invoked the Sept. 11 attacks when she told employees that a lack of enthusiasm for the dinner parties would be a sign the terrorists had won.

Stewart, whose company just reported a 25 percent rise in third-quarter earnings, advertised the soirees as in keeping with the post-attack sensibility of more private and less extravagant celebration. She even said she would host a dinner at her own new Manhattan apartment.

To help with the costs, her company also promised volunteers $300 each to cover costs.

All to no avail.

"A lot of the higher-ups have volunteered their places, (but) no one is into it though," one employee told Reuters.

Source: Reuters

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