Waukesha, WI — Despite periodic appeals to his public for funds, it has been revealed that Mike Johnston, Head Factotum and Chief Bottle-Washer of The Online Photographer, has recently spent profligately on office decor.
Among the alleged "necessities" for the office were a fine mustard-yellow injection-molded wastebasket by French designer Robert Maid, a spendy throw rug from Home Depot, a pair of antique Dynaco A-25 speakers from the 1970s that cost more than one hundred dollars—even though ones with chipped veneer often go for half that—and even a custom-made work of art.
"The old office just wasn't a fit for the style of the building. I'm sorry if it offends some peoples' sense of propriety, but I have to pay myself bonuses in order to keep getting good work out of myself," said Johnston, adding that he is "good people."
The redecorating is said to have run into the three figures, if you count the speakers. The useless expenditures have earned the online mogul a chorus of criticism.
"He's always going on at the end of every month about how we should make our Amazon purchases through his links, so he can get his precious kickbacks," said a reader who preferred to remain anonymous. "We thought he was spending that money to keep food on his table and his kid in high tops, and then he goes and spends twenty-one dollars on a poster? It's shameful."
The poster, an artistic representation of an unidentified guru giving some sort of enigmatic command [see below], actually cost $13.95 plus $6.99 shipping. Mr. Johnston was pleased at its high quality, calling it "worth the price."
Art experts said it is probably not a sound investment, despite its styliness.
Said another reader, "If they're not ethically questionable, expenditures like this are at least tone-deaf, in this economy."
Controversial artwork for which TOP head honcho is said to have paid 'well into two figures.'
Or maybe not.