Here’s a sure fire way to spark a riot on Christmas: give your kids Microsoft Surfaces instead of the iPads and MacBook Airs they wanted instead.
Who would be that Grinchy? Microsoft founder Bill Gates, apparently. He gave his two daughters and son Microsoft products for Christmas, instead of the Apple products they asked for.
The revelation comes from Melinda Gates, who told an interviewer on Radio 4 in the U.K. about Christmas morning in the Gates house:
Asked whether her two daughters and son had asked for an iPod, she replied “of course they ask”.
“But they get Windows technology,” she added.
“The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor?”
I can answer that one. Because it’s Christmas, and on Christmas, you try to get people the things they actually want instead of the things you egocentrically want for them to want. That’s why I stopped distributing French Kissing coupons to all of my female friends and started giving them coupons redeemable for not kissing me at all in 2013 instead. If I can figure that out, how can a guy like Bill Gates, one of the most generous philanthropists on Earth, so misunderstand the point of seasonal giving?
To clarify, it’s not like I think getting a Microsoft product is a bad gift. It’s not at all, if someone buys you one having sincerely given some serious thought into what you want and what you’d prefer, even if they conclusion you come to is wrong. But buying someone a Surface when they have explicitly said they want an iPad, all because you think you know better than them? Congratulations, you’re a tool.