Generally, I agree, stealing is bad, yeah, ok.
But I think the issue here is that MS is making machines that are YET easier to mess up, right?
Everyone buys MS, yknow? Businesses, schools, churches, individuals . . . If it's really as simple as missing a 30 day window, sounds to me like this makes it possible for everyday people to make mistakes that could potentially cost them hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars to correct.
"Oops, Jimmy in IT screwed up the computers and says they don't work and the leasing won't take them back . . . guess we're out $60k."
Wouldn't you like to be the clueless administrative assistant in that situation?