Richard Smith, the beleaguered ex-CEO of Equifax, spent the past 24 hours getting battered by lawmakers in testimony about the consumer data giant’s massive security breach.
Wednesday marked his second day of testimony in front of Congress, and life’s not getting any easier.
During the testimony, one enterprising attendee of the Senate hearing is trolling Smith, sitting behind him in the gallery wearing a top hat, bushy white mustache, and a monocle.
The attendee, a campaign manager for Americans for Financial Reform, is a dead ringer, of course, for the mascot from the board game Monopoly — a game that, if your experiences at all resemble mine, you’ll recall celebrates unfettered capitalistic greed and results in all participants growing increasingly hostile over the course of the five hours it takes to complete the game.
The monocle is a very nice touch.
You can watch the hearing live here.
Smith — who averaged $US15 million in awarded executive compensation the past three years, according to Bloomberg data — is leaving with a golden parachute that could be worth more than $US18 million, Bloomberg reported.
Like the troll in the gallery — Smith’s millions haven’t been lost on Congress.
“I worry that your job today is about damage control: to put a happy face on your firm’s disgraceful actions and then depart with a golden parachute,” said Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, on Tuesday before Smith’s opening remarks.
“Unfortunately, if fraudsters destroy my constituents’ savings and financial futures, there’s no golden parachute awaiting them,” he added.
In September, Equifax reported the massive data breach, saying hackers may have accessed the personal details, including names and Social Security numbers, of more than 143 million consumers from mid-May to July.
This post has been updated from its original version.
SCREAMING. A+ troll
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