Man loses job over a prank (from 49 years ago)
Watch what you do. You never know when it might come back to bite you.
In a wildly ridiculous example, an Iowa man has been fired from his job for a prank he pulled 49 years ago.
The De Moines Register reports that Richard Eggers, a 68-year-old Vietnam vet lost his $29,795-a-year customer service rep job at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage on July 12, 2012, after seven years of service.
What did he do? Embezzle? Shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die? Rob a bank? No. He put a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine at a laundromat on February 2, 1963. At the time, he went to jail for two days. It was the 60s.
“It was a stupid stunt and I’m not real proud of it, but to fire somebody for something like this after seven good years of employment is a dirty trick when you come right down to it,” said Eggers. “And they’re doing this kind of thing all across the country.”
The Register reports that big banks have been firing low-level employees like Eggers since new employment guidelines were issued over the past year. The rules forbid the employment of anyone convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust or money laundering.
The idea is to weed out executives and mid-level bank employees guilty of transactional crimes, like identity fraud or mortgage fraud, but those lower on the totem pole are apparently getting axed by the thousands thanks to $1-million-a day fines for noncompliance. A million dollars a day!
Wells Fargo spokesperson Angela Kaipust told woi-tv “We don’t have discretion to grant exceptions in situations like this. Once we find out someone has a criminal history of dishonesty or breach of trust we can no longer employ them.”
The Register lists another victim of the new rules, Yolanda Quesada, 58, of Milwaukee, who was fired from a customer service job at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in May. Quesada had held her job for five years and was canned due to a 40-year-old shoplifting case. She said was one of 12 children in a poor family and stole work clothes.
Charlene Eggers, Richard’s wife, said “His only crime was being a teenager and being stupid. If that’s a crime we’re all in a lot of trouble.”
So true. I don’t know anyone who would have a job if we were held accountable for what we did as teens.
Think this is excessive? Or do you think it’s fair?
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