Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where had it all gone wrong?

Goldman Sachs

Richard huddled in his jail cell, pulling his Armani suit closely around him.  Now he was watching his world disintegrate.

Where had it all gone wrong? We had a duster clean the computer files.  We dated everything retroactively . He wondered.  Surely everyone in the investment business embezzled from his clients now and then.  It was part of the investment game after all.

With the untimely arrival of the arrest warrant, he was for a moment left spellbound.  Richard’s travel carry-on sat by the door, stuffed with one-million dollars and a change of underwear.

Five more minutes!

Five more minutes and he would have been out the door, heading to the nearest non-extradition country.

Bummer.


This is a re-post from 2015, using Wednesday Words provided by Delores. This is an opportunity for bloggers to play with words. Words can be found also at Elephant's ChildDrifting through Life, as well as other talented bloggers.


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    1. Only the big ones went to prison, while the others got their severance pay (big bucks) and scampered out.

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  2. Very clever, especially how you worked in "duster."

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    1. Gratitude goes to the Hillary Clinton investigation, when DOJ found her computer had been "dusted", wiped clean. Never knew there was such a term!

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  3. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

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    1. What amazed me in 2015 was the lack of remorse.

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  4. A bribe might be worth a try. In for a penny, in for a pound.

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    1. I guess a person lacking in a moral compass would do that.

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  5. Susan:
    Funny how people like that never even think about the consequences of their actions.
    To me,that should be the FIRST thing to consider.
    (it usually ends with better choice being made...and not having men with badges knocking on your door when you least expect it).

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    1. Right! A better choice should have happened pretty quickly.

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  6. You scare me, LOL, down deep there is a devious streak! hahahaha. Great and I agree with Debra about the word 'Duster'. Now, that must be a great part of a novel hidden deep in THAT mind???
    I did enjoy the read and the imagination, I liked how my mind immediately got in step. It made me smile!
    Sherry and jack back in North CArolina.

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    1. Many thanks, Jack! My mind does have a streak of deviousness. I confess. Gives me different perspectives. As for a novel, I don't know about that!

      North Carolina! From PA to NC!

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  7. PS: I meant to say great picture to accompany the story. ;-)

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    1. Amazingly, there were sooo many photos of briefcases stuffed with $$.

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  8. Awful and unethical behavior. I have worked for an ethical corporation for over twenty years. I have taught business ethics. So I have no sympathy for people who engaged in this behavior. There is no excuse.

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    1. Bernie Madoff brought this to public light in 2005. Destroyed massive number of sad people. He stole millions, even billions dollars.

      He is in prison for 115 years. No excuse at all.

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  9. Sigh.
    There are clones of him. World-wide.

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    1. There must a class called Embezzlement 101 that gets them on the road.

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  10. And away many go, with barely a slap on the wrist.

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    1. Like much done on computer, actions are silent, easily changed.

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  11. Everybody does it, the Great American Excuse...

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    1. It starts so young: Mom, everybody does it!

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  12. Those that do these things don't think they'll ever be caught. And they don't much care about the people they hurt. It's all about winning the "game" to them.

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    1. It does seem a game. Have you ever seen "The Big Short"?

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  13. "Surely everyone in the investment business embezzled from his clients now and then." That sentence gave me chills.

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    1. Does that line of work take a certain personality? A person without a strong moral core?

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  14. There's no remorse in sociopaths --none that I understand anyway. Provocative post.

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    1. Same here. I don't understand lack of remorse. I wonder if that transfers to personal lives as well?

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  15. I could see this all in my head while reading. Nicely done!

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  16. So this is based on a true story? I think it's horrifying how so many people in charge of large amounts of money don't seem to realise or care that it isn't theirs to do what they like with.

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    1. There were so many financial institutes that were caught and investigated. They ruined so many lives.

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  17. SKILLFULLY DONE dear Susan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brilliantly you used all the words here indeed!

    people who snatch other's living earned by had work are so LOST in their deceptive nature

    but actions we do never stop chasing us until we face the consequences

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    1. Thanks! Give my regards to Father Ignatius.

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  19. And Richard learned the a new word: Karma. Good story

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    1. Yup. What comes around, goes around and around and..

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  20. I love your story. I can tell it comes from what was in the headlines a few years ago. You weave a tale so well and use those words to your advantage. Too bad real people are often involved in these devious plots.

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    1. Where are they now? I hope some are living in the mom's basements. Or in prison.

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  21. I bet he doesn't forget "just five more minutes."

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    1. As a parent, I heard "just five more minutes" from my kids. Too late.

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  22. Well done, creative use of all the words.

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    1. Loved using that word. Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. A lot of things could happen if we had just 5 more minutes.

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    1. Oh yes, 5 more minutes could have changed history in some way.

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  25. "The untimely arrival of the arrest warrant" - love that line.

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    1. It does wrap up and stamp DONE! on his life.

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