June 17, 2020

EBay's former CEO and communications chief were named in a federal indictment accusing company employees of a cringe-inducing cyberstalking case, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Neither of the former executives were charged with a crime, but Steven Wymer, who served as the ecommerce giant's head of public relations for part of 2019, did allegedly send a text message to CEO Devin Wenig last year stating "We are going to crush this lady," reportedly in reference to a newsletter writer who published a story about Wenig's compensation.

After the message was sent, six eBay employees allegedly launched a cyberstalking campaign in which they sent the victims — a couple — threatening and gruesome items, including live cockroaches, a funeral wreath, a book on surviving the death of a spouse, and a bloody pig Halloween mask. The indictment also alleges one of the victims received an email confirming a "preserved fetal pig" had been ordered online to be sent to their address.

EBay said all the employees involved, including Wymer, have been fired. Read more at Bloomberg. Tim O'Donnell

October 28, 2015

The family of a Las Vegas spa employee who froze to death in a cryotherapy chamber say they don't know how someone who had so much experience with the machine could have ended up killed inside of it.

Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, 24, was found dead in the machine last Tuesday by a colleague at Rejuvenice day spa. Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to air temperatures below minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit in an attempt to treat a number of ailments. A police report obtained by ABC News says she entered the machine after hours on Oct. 19 to "help reduce muscle pain." She was supposed to have someone help her, the report said, but "Ake used it alone, it appears, she did not have the level setting at the proper height, she did not get enough oxygen, and she suffocated and froze herself to death."

Ake-Salvacion's uncle, Albert Ake, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the family was told she died in just "seconds." He also takes issue with the idea that his niece did not know how to work the machine, saying she was the chamber operator. "She knew exactly what she was doing," he said. Police do not suspect foul play, and the coroner's report is expected in six to eight weeks. The spa has since been closed, but not because of the cryotherapy accident, according to the executive director of the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology. Rather, it had inadequate worker's compensation and did not have a proper license to practice aesthetician services. Catherine Garcia

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