21 Apr 04Chris Breen Expenses Family Vacation.

In a questionable display of journalism ethics, Macworld’s Mac 991 columnist Chris Breen has dedicated a series of online reports to upgrading his mother’s iMac as a means of expensing a family trip.

“This is so excellent, an excited Breen said. “See, it suddenly hit me that if I write about upgrading my mother’s iMac, I can write the whole trip off as a business expense!

“Breen, you magnificent bastard!” Breen lauded himself.

“What’s that, Christopher?” Breen’s mother called from the other room.

“Nothing, Mom! Heh-heh-heh!”

“I don’t like Christopher spending so much time indoors on the computer,” Breen’s mother said. “He should be outside playing with the other computing professionals in the fresh air.”

Asked what she thought of her son’s plan to be reimbursed by Macworld for his travel expenses, she replied “Ooh, I don’t know… Is that OK? Christopher’s always been such a good boy… except when he was very little and he’d put things in his mouth. I told him he shouldn’t do that, but he wouldn’t listen to his mother! Well… he was only a few months old…”

At dinner later with his mother and daughter, Breen made sure to spend several moments discussing his mother’s iMac and then made a big scene of picking up the tab.

“I’ll get this, Mom!” Breen loudly announced.

He then quietly tucked the receipt into his wallet with several others that he planned to file with his expense report.

“What?” a defensive Breen asked when questioned later about the incident. “We talked about business.”


No Responses to “Chris Breen Expenses Family Vacation.”

  1. madnicholas says:

    Guess it’s my turn again. Ruined first post for ya, huh?

  2. timmyOtool says:

    post two, this just feels lousy.

  3. mr. conspiracy says:

    Breen is attempting to siphon off the national supply of receipts for his nefarious plan! He will use them to make giant paper maché cyborgs to conquer the world!

    I know the secret to defeating them though…water, flame, or threats to catalogue them in the Library of Congress! We can escape this! We just need to have faith. Faith and a giant pair of scissors.

  4. Aaron says:

    I always wondered about the Breen. How could they form an alliance with the Dominion?

  5. Jimbo says:

    “Mac 991 columnist”?


  6. Spiro T. Agnew says:

    Why isn’t this site called KrazyAppleRumors? Its way beyond crazy, its Krazy. Kra-Zee, even. Just a kooky, nutty kinda site.

  7. Mr. Tang says:

    In light of the situation, I think that it’s in extremely poor taste that Mr. Breen calls his column “Mac 911”.

    He should definitely call it “Mac Really Tall Buildings Crashing To The Ground On Fire And Killing Thousands Of Innocent People.”

  8. IRS says:


    I thought I’d give your readers some information about what can be deducted and what can’t be when it comes to business expenses.

    To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. Refer to “Deducting Business Expenses” in Publication 535, Business Expenses.

    Though we might laugh at this, it’s never funny to defraud the government.

    For more information, see:


  9. Pubic-clan says:

    Mr Breen’s name is far too similar to a certain type of French cheese. Ergo, he’s French. Ergo, he’s a terrorist lover. Ergo, we must arrest him on site and submit him to full body-cavity searches. We know what you’ve been doing, Mr Breen. You cannot hide. 2-4-6-8, who do you appreciate? USA! USA! God Bless the USA! We’re number one!

  10. Mark Twain says:

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Nobody said word one about deductions. So much research, so little brain.

  12. Mister Ranger says:

    991… *snicker* I bet John’s a riot when he has to phone for help.

  13. Gag Halfrunt says:

    Patriotism: politics for the hard of thinking.

  14. Laemkral says:

    Hey, I’m well versed in politics, and what it boils down to is this:

    Our country is in a time of crisis at all times and so you should always be afraid but keep on with your daily lives. Trust no one but those in power, and keep them in power cause you can trust no one else. Blindly follow orders and don’t rock the boat unless it’s someone who’s not one of the people in power in which case they must be against us so turn them in. Don’t question, don’t think, just do what we say. And repeal the Amendment limiting Presidents to two terms, cause limits like that just aren’t very free, and freedom is the American way.

    And if you believe any of that, you ain’t fit for the Inquisition.

    Let’s see, educating the populace….and I’m eating an early dinner….so this must be a business dinner. Another splendid write-off!!

  15. MacStansbury says:

    To quote the great theologian, Homer Simpson:

    “Hello, Operator; give me the number for 911!”

  16. Dude18 says:

    Tomorrow on CARS: “Chris Breen Expenses Family.”

  17. Joe says:

    I, for one, applaud Mr. Breen.


  18. Spiro T. Agnew says:

    I’m in total agreement with Laemkral, unless he is being sarcastic, which just makes him a nattering nabob of nihilism. Our glorious service-evading leaders have a point when they say we should question the seriousness of the wounds that John Kerry received in combat. After all, we can’t just assume that every war veteran is a proper patriot, now can we?

  19. Concerned Friend says:

    this is [slightly] off-topic ’cause it’s serious:

    Mr. Tom Tomorrow (http://www.thismodernworld.com/weblog/mtarchives/week_2004_04_18.html#001467) is shopping for a Bluetooth-enabled Laserprinter. Could someone please tell him comprehensively why this is NOT a good idea, however convenient it might seem at first glance?

    I’ve been reading (& enjoying) Tom’s Blog (and cartoons) longer than CARS, and (judging from the half-yearly computer-related catastrophes chez Tomorrow) i believe a simple Ethernet-(cable)-Hookup is way more in his league.

    What’s it to me? Nothing, really. I just don’t want to read about the next “Mac”-catastrophe (“My printer just died – any suggestions?”) on ThisModernWorld.

    Selfish, really.

  20. freethinker says:

    L’amoue toujours l’amour !

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