I don’t condone violence outside of video games as a rule, but I’d be lying if I tried to claim I didn’t feel a small bit of satisfaction at reading about how Richard Fuld, former CEO of the now bankrupt Lehman Brothers, got punched in the face while working out:
Following rumours that the incident had occurred, Vicki Ward, a US journalist, said “two very senior sources – one incredibly senior source” had confirmed it to her. “He went to the gym after … Lehman was announced as going under,” she told CNBC. “He was on a treadmill with a heart monitor on. Someone was in the corner, pumping iron and he walked over and he knocked him out cold.
“And frankly after having watched [Mr Fuld’s testimony to the committee], I’d have done the same too.”
“I thought he was shameless … I thought it was appalling. He blamed everyone … He blamed everybody but himself.”
I wouldn’t do such a thing myself, though I might rant to his face a bit, and I don’t encourage others to do it either, but, yeah, it does feel a little good that someone did do it. That doesn’t justify it in any way, but, hell, I’m only human.