Friday, May 11, 2012


Recently I read a news article about a woman who was fired from her job at a WELLS FARGO branch (after having worked there for five years straight) when it was discovered that she had a conviction for shoplifting.

The statement given by the management of the branch where she worked was that "financial institutions are prohibited by federal law to have in their employment anyone who's been convicted in a court-of-law of any offenses involving any kind of 'breach-of-trust'".

One thing:  she only had this one offense on her record
...and it's from 1972!!!!

I don't know about you, but I think in this particular case it's a way bit overkill.
Not that I advocate the circumvention of law by an institution bound by federal regulations, but surely there must be SOME sort of statute-of-limitations regarding a 40-year-old offense
...especially if it never culminated in any repeat offenses or escalated into more serious ones.

I don't think she deserved to be just merely "tossed out" after having worked there for 5 years straight without incidence. 

There seems to be a tendency of those who are successful in life and who have always managed to elude accountability for whatever misdeeds or mistakes they might have made in the course of their lifetime to become hubristically haughty start feeling like they're "special" or, maybe, even infallible---not prone to the same frailties and foibles attributed to the "hoi pol loi".  Like they're somehow among the "special breeds" of humanity---those who are "smarter", more "knowledgable", who "have more common sense than most", who "have a better sense of ethics and etiquette/culture than the 'ill-bred majority'", who "are wiser and not foolish like most people", "more cautious and not-easily-taken-advantage-of", "of sound judgment as opposed to being impulsive and capricious like most people"
...somehow invulnerable and impervious to even their own emotional weaknesses as well as to the vices of the world.

With a mindset like this it's easy for such people, when face-to-face with those whose lives didn't turn out quite so well as theirs have, to just figure that somehow that other person's primarily to blame for their predicaments and life's circumstances
...that if someone's been victimized by extenuating circumstances (like the economy, social environment, corruption, prejudices, and the like) it's only because they're either gullible and easy-to-take-advantage-of, or because they lack intelligence or insight needed to outmanipulate the adversities-of-life.

My personal response to people like this is to engage in various forms of vicarious imaginings of happenstances of divine chagrining (i.e.: Just once, life should "show THEM up" for a change)., for instance:
---The next time the police bust a meth lab operation may it end up being one operated by either a best friend or a close relative.
---One of these nights have "one-too-many-double-shots" at one of those highfalutin clubs you always frequent and, this time around, DON'T make it home
...either get arrested for DUI or cause a wreck and kill someone else as "important" as you---wherein the authorities have no choice: they'll HAVE to charge you with a felony.
...Bye-bye self-righteousness along with your reputation, dignity, and credibility.

No comments:

Post a Comment