aka That Major Credit Card Company…
(from whence I medically retired)
Being a fraud investigator for a major credit card company was always educational. Having worked with ex-military and ex-cops before as a PI, there were expectations with regard to fact-checking, double-checking and due diligence.
Because most of the staff had not the experience, background or education, sometimes short cuts were made. (This is not to say that some of those investigators weren’t excellent…)
Fast forward to meetings for the IACCI (The International Association of Credit Card Investigators, which later morphed into Financial Crimes Investigators in a new name). Our building had lots of meeting space, so we always volunteered a place for the organization to hold meetings. Folks from other financial institutions and local and federal law enforcement usually attended.
This particular day, the Attorney General for the State of Arizona was scheduled to attend and speak. I was familiar enough with the AG’s Office to know he was a Democratic mover and shaker. His name was (and is) Terry Goddard.
The black rubber marquee with white press-in letters stood proudly in the foyer opposite the main entrance, announcing both the meeting, and welcoming our guest speaker. (I considered taking a photo of it with my cell-phone, but, only recently had personal photos inside the building been banned.)
The marquee read:
Welcome Attorney General Teri Goddard
Whatever nimnul who had prepared the sign either had no idea who the AG was, or was a poor speller.
I toyed with the idea of letting it go, because I can sometimes be snarky that way, but did eventually alert management as to the error, and it was duly corrected.
Kinda wish I’d taken the picture, though…