Bank of America Could Care Less About Making the World Dance but Does Really Care About The Money, Money, Money and The Price Tag…

UPDATE 11/1/2011: Bank of America has announced it is scrapping this fee. is reporting that Bank of America is planning new debit card fees. The proposed  fee would be $5/month(usd) for customers who use their debit card to buy stuff.

*DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed financial adviser and I have never even actually balanced a checkbook.  However, I still feel 91.37% confident in recommending that Bank of America customers are best served by immediately canceling their accounts with BoA.

Whether you are a Bank of America customer or not, please contact BoA CEO Brian T. Moynihan at to help in some way to prevent these fees from spreading.


525,600 Minutes Would Have Equaled $94,765,680 for Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker

Seasons of Love, maybe, Season of Giving, most definitely. Of course Mr. Apotheker didn’t work five hundred twenty-five thousand
six hundred minutes. He worked around 198,000 minutes.*

According to, Leo Apotheker, the now former CEO of HP, could pocket 35.7 million dollars for his 11 month’s work at HP. In fairness, during this time, he did manage to oversee an over 40%  drop in the HP stock price. So at least he did something. A 40% drop can’t be easy, unless of course you do things like sell TouchPad tablets that cost $300 to manufacture for $150.

For those of you who don’t make tens of millions for less than a year’s work, I’ve broken down just what $35,700,000 looks like.

The numbers below assume Mr. Apotheker worked 7 days a week, 10 hours a day for the almost 11 months he was with HP. I can only hope he didn’t actually take a vacation during this time and kept his lunch break to 45 minutes tops.

$35,700,000 for 11 Months Work:

330 Days Worked

3300 Hours Worked

198,000 Minutes Worked

11,880,000 Seconds Worked

In fairness, Leo Apotheker did what we would all probably do, that is, “take the money and run.” It is the HP board members who should accept the blame and anger of the public, shareholders and most importantly the workers at HP. It is the HP board members who continually structure these absurd compensation packages. For more information Google: “HP and Mark Hurd”, “HP and Severance”, or HP and Rich, Incompetent, Entitled Board Members.

Perhaps Leo Apotheker is a genuis, or a least possesses basic life skills.

Entering Leo Apotheker’s Mind:
“This is a tough job. If I work here for ten years I will become very tired and bored of this job. Or, I could make terrible decisions, get fired and take my 35 million and go kick it on a beach with a bunch of supermodels.”

Mr. Apotheker may end up being the smartest man who ever worked for HP.**
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*I apologize to the good folks at Rent for dragging them in to this.
**That is not necessarily meant as a compliment.

96% of Business Leaders Extremely Agitated at Not Being Labeled “Psychopaths”

Management Today reports that according to an upcoming episode of the BBC’s Horizon, one in twenty-five business leaders could be classified as a psychopath.  That is 4% of the top brass vs. just 1% of us commoners. Remember, you might just be a psychopath if you are characterized by the following traits:  “a lack of empathy and remorse, shallow emotions, egocentricity, and deceptiveness.” I wonder what Donald Trump thinks of all this?