Monopoly Man Trolling Equifax’s CEO’s Hearing Stole The Show

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The former chairman and CEO of Equifax, Inc. was testifying before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee when the Monopoly Man sitting at the back caught everyone’s attention.

 

 

A man, dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags, caught everyone’s attention at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that took place on Capitol Hill, Washington, where Richard Smith, the beleaguered ex-CEO of Equifax,  one of the country’s three major credit reporting agencies, was testifying about the credit card agencies financial data breach.

Richard Smith

Twitter as usual exploded with the presence of this extraordinary Monopoly mascot who was trolling Smith and Equifax. The internet wanted to know more about him.

 

 

 

 

 

Turns out the Monopoly Man was actually a woman, an activist who had a message about “forced arbitration.”

 

Amanda Werner, who is a campaign manager for Public Citizen, tweeted a photo of herself as the Monopoly Man with the following explanation: “The Monopoly Man is here to raise attention to Equifax’s get-out-of-jail-free card, forced arb.”

 

Her tweet also included a link to a video, explaining the reason behind the costume.

Public Citizen tweeted a picture of Amanda Werner, dressed as the mascot, with a press release featuring the organization’s president, Robert Weissman’s quote: “Forced arbitration gives companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax a monopoly over our system of justice by blocking consumers’ access to the courts. The [Congressional Review Act] resolution striking down the arbitration rule is a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card for companies engaged in financial scams. It should not pass go.”

 

Smith stepped down from Equifax and testified that he took complete responsibility for the financial breach which compromised the personal data of millions of people.  In September, the company reported a huge data breach owing to hackers who may have accessed the personal details of 143 million U.S. consumers from mid-May to July.

Amanda Werner

The mascot’s appearance in the Senate was right on point.

In the Monopoly game, unregulated capitalistic greed is celebrated, and all the participants grow more and more aggressive over the course of the five hours it takes to complete the game. After the big Equifax data breach, Republican lawmakers are trying to push for legislation to deregulate credit agencies.

Thumbnail Credits: Reuters, Aron P. Bernstein

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