This is absolutely despicable, although not that surprising. Those who believe they are entitled and 'better' than everyone else will always find ways to show it.
On an unrelated side note, at the end of the article the author notes: "A message left on Facebook was not immediately returned" which I think is an interesting commentary on modern journalism, Facebook has become so prevalent that it is part of the routine manner of reaching someone for comment on a story. That actually makes me sad as well.
Iíve thought for awhile now that the perfect desk situation for me is a clear slab of desk with a bare minimum of items/distractions on it. To that end I bought a very long IKEA desk that has a plain woodgrain finish, mounted my monitor on the wall, and got a wireless keyboard and magic mouse (and now magic trackpad). If youíre like me and not a naturally organized person, you know what comes next: the additional things seemed to quickly pile up.
Some of the things seemed reasonable: a box of tissues, the notebook where I take handwritten notes (Iíve become a bit obsessed with pen and paper over the last few years but thats an entirely different discussion for a later time), a book or two that are handy for reference, and of course a stress ball (or two). Then there were the things that werenít quite as productivity focused...