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2hipp4u 08-29-2012 02:09 AM

Regulations and those who fall through the cracks
Wells Fargo Fires Iowa Worker for Minor 1963 Crime - Yahoo! Finance

I am all for regulations that make sense, but this is just stupid, and before you go to thinking "oh well its just a few people and thats the price you pay for the overall good" think about if it was you who lost your livelihood because of some ingnoant goverment bureaucrat or corporate shitstick.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFC) has fired a Des Moines worker over a 1963 incident at a Laundromat involving a fake dime in the wake of new employment guidelines.

Richard Eggers, 68, was fired in July from his job as a customer service representative for putting a cardboard cutout of a dime in a washing machine nearly 50 years ago in Carlisle, the Des Moines Register reported Monday.

Warren County court records show Eggers was convicted of operating a coin-changing machine by false means. Eggers called it a "stupid stunt," but questions his firing.

Big banks have been firing low-level employees like Eggers since new federal banking employment guidelines were enacted in May 2011 and new mortgage employment guidelines took hold in February, the newspaper said. The tougher standards are meant to clear out executives and mid-level bank employees guilty of transactional crimes such as identity theft and money laundering but are being applied across the board because of possible fines for noncompliance.

Banks have fired thousands of workers nationally, said Natasha Buchanan, an attorney in Santa Ana, Calif., who has helped some of the workers regain their eligibility to be employed.

"Banks are afraid of the FDIC and the penalties they could face," Buchanan said.

The regulatory rules forbid the employment of anyone convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust or money laundering. Before the guidelines were changed, banks widely interpreted the rules to exclude minor traffic offenses and misdemeanors.

Wells Fargo confirmed Eggers' termination.

"The expectations that have been placed on us and all financial institutions have never been higher," said Wells Fargo spokeswoman Angela Kaipust.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. provides a waiver process employees can follow to show they're still fit to work at a bank despite a past criminal conviction, but it usually takes six months to a year to be approved. There is also a process for automatic waiver that works more quickly but is limited to people who were sentenced to less than year of jail time and never spent a day locked up.

Eggers, who was jailed two days, doesn't qualify.

American Bankers Association spokeswoman Carol Kaplan said the public clamor for tighter regulation also is responsible for the stricter interpretation of the rules. The safest route is to fire the employee and let them pursue an FDIC waiver.

"There's no question that there was an appetite for tighter bank regulation as a result of the global financial crisis," Kaplan said.

There is no government or industry data on the number of bank firings due to criminal background checks. The FDIC is on pace to grant 74 waivers, up from 21 waivers approved in 2009. The agency was not able to provide any information on annual waiver application data.

Des Moines attorney Leonard Bates is helping Eggers navigate the FDIC waiver application process.

"These guidelines are really meant for executives and people who can perpetuate widespread fraud," Bates said.
This didn't need to happen and could of been avoided if both sides on these kind of issues would do the work they have been elected to do, fuck a third grader could figure this out.

2hipp4u 08-29-2012 04:09 PM


managers and politicians never have to use critical thinking.
To suggest politicians and corporate managers could think in a critical manor is funny shit, My second job is working for a forbes top 50 company and let me tell you these people couldn't manage their way out of a wet paper bag. They hire people straight out of college with no real world experiance, no people skills etc... all they are, are bean counters.

On the other side I have stood face to face with politicians from the city level all the way up to the US Senate. I would say not all but about 75% are just plain stupid, egotistical and narcissistic fucktwats. Also let me say this is not exclusive to one party, the percentage is about the same for both.

I agree there needs to be regulations. The problem is these people wont do the hard work, we pay millions of dollars for politicains and there staff to craft laws that are fair and in the common interest of all the people, yet they fail time after time.

Personally I think it is mostly by design, you have lawyers crafting legislation for their own personal gain. Its kind of like the fox guarding the hen house.

I have no use for lawyers, never met one yet who has a core value or a soul.

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