Here’s why the Monopoly mascot just crashed the Equifax hearing

Image: public citizen

Equifax’s former CEO Richard Smith is currently testifying before the Senate Finance Committee about the company’s massive data breach… but it’s kind of hard to concentrate on him when someone is photobombing him while dressed like the Monopoly mascot.

2017, everyone.

At the Equifax hearing on Wednesday, while discussing the breach that leaked personal information of more than 140 million people, Smith was overshadowed by someone who appeared to be dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags, visibly photobombing the live stream of Smith’s testimony.

The person appeared to be in full IDGAF trolling mode — dressed in a top hat and red bow tie, compete with a thick white mustache and freaking monocle. And though many were eager to hear Smith’s testimony — anticipating he would accept “full responsibility” as he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday — the Monopoly mascot may have stolen the spotlight.

While the mascot’s presence was a bit confusing to those watching at home, Amanda Werner — a campaign manager for Public Citizen — tweeted an explanation, writing, “The Monopoly Man is here to raise attention to Equifax’s get-out-of-jail-free card, forced arb.”

Werner’s tweet also included a link to a release titled “Forced Arbitration Is a ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free’ Card for Banks That Cheat Customers,” and a video providing further reasoning behind the costume.

“This is a jail free card, it has Equifax and Wells Fargo’s logos on it,” the activist said in the video, holding up a mock card. “It basically explains that forced arbitration allows companies to break the law and not have any consequences because consumers can’t actually go to court.”

In the release on Public Citizen’s website, President Robert Weissman elaborated further on the issue. “Forced arbitration gives companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax a monopoly over our system of justice by blocking consumers’ access to the courts.”

“The CRA resolution striking down the arbitration rule is a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card for companies engaged in financial scams. It should not pass go,” he said.

Will Pennybags be able to successfully deliver the card to Smith? Stay tuned.

Every editorial product is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our journalism.

More From this publisher : HERE

    Recommended Products

  • Case Study Pack Get the best email and real name of all your leads!
  • Sellosity - The Smart Commerce Platform Sellosity is the ultimate ecommerce platform for smart marketers who know the power of selling physical goods online...
  • ReachInfluencer Deluxe It is a cloud based software that lets you seal sponsored post contract deals with top influencers by reaching out to multiple influencers in ANY niche on Instagram and Twitter with an automated messaging system in just few clicks.
  • Review Trust - Thank You1 Review Trust Thank You Page

Tags: activism business conversations data-breach equifax hearing monopoly senate

Related Post "Here’s why the Monopoly mascot just crashed the Equifax hearing"

Reddit bans misogynistic ‘Incels’ board where people called for rape
Image: Bob Al-greene/mashableReddit's crackdown on violent content
Artificial intelligence could fix one of humanity’s biggest flaws
Image: Getty Images/Science Photo Library RFHumans develop
Marketing’s 25 most influential share their best growth hacking strategies
Image: Getty Images/iStockphotoGrowth hacking: Strategies and techniques