Here’s the promised rant.
Where would be be if every mortgage broker, every lender, every real estate agent, every escrow officer, every notary acted as if God was watching?Â What if John Harritt and Jerry and Patty Hauptman behaved as if God was watching?Â What if Bill Foley acted as if God was watching?Â What if all business and all employees behaved, as if God was watching?Â There would have been no mortgage meltdown.Â Hell, if people in business acted as if God was watching there would have been no dot.com bomb,Â because honorable people do not behave like that. Â We have to answer to a higher power.Â What are we with no honor?Â We deserve a karmatic code red.Â There’s a lot of crap going on out there right now.Â Less than honorable at best.Â At the end of the day, you’re all you’ve got.Â Did you treat your colleagues honorably today?Â Did you behave honorably today?Â Did you do the right thing?Â I know of someone right now, who has done the right thing.Â He’s taken one for the team, to his own personal detriment.Â The team owes him a great debt of gratitude that I’m sure he will never call in.Â And that’s when business is right.Â When you’re a manager, it’s your duty to do the right thing, for your staff.Â This guy did and we tip our hat to him.Â So few managers will follow through any more, they won’t fight for their people, they won’t get their backs.Â They’re all trying to get theirs at everyone else’s expense.Â I used to know a “manager” who would take the lion’s share of the bonus allocation and keep it and then spread the remaining scraps out to the staff. Â That’s not a manager.Â That is a classic example of lack of code and honor.Â We are our lowest common denominator.Â And sometimes, that’s really low.
Do you hide behind layers and layers of corporate entities and then go lunch at the Biltmore or Kevin Taylor?Â Or do you take out the checkbook or a note or a line of credit and pay them their due?Â Â How do you continue to do business up until the total implosion?Â Where is your honor?Â How do you sleep at night?Â What will you tell your maker when this dance is over with?
Ok, deep breath, let’s take a swipe and my other favorite target.Â How do you let this happen?
Fidelity National Information Services: Personal information on over 8.5 million individuals was compromised when a senior database administrator working at Certegy Check Services Inc., a subsidiary of Fidelity National, illegally downloaded the data and sold it to brokers. Fidelity National, which is separate from the better known Fidelity Investments, initially said that only 2.5 million records had been compromised when it first disclosed the breach in July. A few weeks later, it quietly upped the number to 8.5 million in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the company, the stolen data appears to have been resold primarily for direct marketing purposes and not for ID theft or other sorts of fraud.
Nice job, ass clowns.
I am pleased to report that Placer Title picked up some ATC folks out in San Joaquin County, and some more were picked up by Stewart Title in Modesto. Â Best of luck to everyone that’s dusting themselves off and getting back in the game.