LAST CALL: Ship firm thumbs its nose at Wall St. types in SECstunt

Seattle shipping concern, Expeditors International Washington, has had a little fun with its 8K SEC filing.

Seattle shipping concern, Expeditors International Washington, has had a little fun with its 8K SEC filing.

In a stark departure from the conciliatory and legalese-strewn prose of most SEC filings, the company's 8Ks (which follow a Q&A format) are written in a sarcastic tone more often associated with a jaded schoolteacher than with corporate lawyers and CFOs. PRWeek, prompted by a Wall Street Journal article, dug into the company's filings and found a couple of gems.

In response to an arcane question about accounting, the firm began with, "You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and in most circumstances we would not publish and respond to a question of this sort since the relevance of your opinion is certainly open to debate."

Expeditors answered a puzzling question asking if the firm would e-mail price quotes to investors thus: "We don't particularly understand this question. Frankly, it's hard to imagine how you are going to see this answer if you had to ask this question."

It's nice to hear the financial world hasn't totally lost its sense of humor.

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