Halliburton docks the pay of employee hostage of Iraqis?-Fiction!
Halliburton Is Not Going To Pay Hostage Thomas Hamill For the Weeks He Was Held in Iraq-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:The eRumor claims that the Halliburton company is docking the pay of truck driver Thomas Hamill, who was held hostage by Iraqi captors before his escape in May, 2004.
The Truth:There has been no such press release from Halliburton.
To the contrary, in a statement issued by both Halliburton and Thomas Hamill on May 12, 2004, the company says it is honored to welcome Hamill back and thrilled to host him and his family at the company headquarters in in Houston.
Hammil met privately with Halliburton president Dave Lesar and threw out the first ceremonial pitch at the Houston Astros game with the Florida Marlins.
In the statement, Hammil says, "'There's no way I can thank Halliburton enough for everything they've done for me and my family and to keep supporting the troops. Halliburton's support has been above and beyond anything I ever thought possible by a company this big and I thank them wholeheartedly. The company has embraced me and my family and we're proud to be part of such a wonderful group of people.”
Last updated 6/4/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Halliburton Employee’s Pay Docked For Weeks Spent As Hostage
BAGHDAD-Spokesmen for Halliburton International announced Monday that employee Thomas Hamill will not be paid for the three weeks he failed to fulfill his truck-driving duties while being held at gunpoint by Iraqi captors. “While we share your joy in regaining your freedom, we are forced to withhold your wages for the period of April 9 to May 2,” read the official corporate reprimand, which reached Hamill in Germany as doctors treated his bullet wound. “A disciplinary slip noting your failure to report to work has been added to your employee file.” Halliburton has not yet disclosed the amount Hamill is being charged for structural damage to the company truck he was shot in.