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Wachovia Doesn't Want You To Know About Any (Future) Instances Of Employees Eating Cat Food

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Early last month, Wachovia blocked access to Dealbreaker. Then, because they couldn't quit us (no one ever can), the ban was lifted. Today we're told it's back in effect, supposedly "over last week's cat food incident." Now I'm pissed. First off, I'm sorry, but did we tell one of your employees to eat three cans of cat food in thirty minutes, in an attempt to receive a cash prize upon successful completion of the challenge? No, we merely chronicled the event. Second, we didn't even make too much fun of the whole thing, and you marshmallow tower-building bitches know we could've. No longer will we be so kind. From here out, we're going to make it our special beat to cover whatever profitability/stomach lining destroying games your people are playing. When a Wach first year eats a pile of dog food, we'll be there. When an up and coming MD eats a bunch of paint chips, we'll be there.


First Food Eating Challenge Of 2013: Underway

It's another vending machine challenge and you know how we feel about those (too much time, not enough food, doesn't put hair on anyone's chest) BUT it does involve a contract (described as "amazing" by the half of Dealbreaker that was at one time licensed to practice law in New York), the terms of which state that in the event of a loss, the loser will pay for a lunch he's not invited to, so we've got award points for that.

Does Your Next Food Eating Challenge Involve Binge Drinking Herbalife's Formula 1 Nutrition Shake?

As many of you know, around these parts we are constantly debating the merits of various financial services employees' food eating challenges. Historically, we've detracted points for allowing the participants far too much time to complete the task at hand (opening bell to close, might as well just make it limitless), an insufficient volume of food (a box of Munchkins, considered by many to be a snack), and lack of originality (vending machine challenges have been done). On the flip side, we've applauded creativity (an investment banker and 500 Starburst enter a room and there's a webcam involved),* obscene amounts of food and enough sugar to cause hyperglycemia (244 oysters, a cupcake of death), and topicality (the delicacy that is the Sausage Pancake Bite: yes! Double Downs: double yes!). Which brings us to this: the Herbalife Food Eating Challenge. New York Observer reporter Patrick Clark noticed that while the Herbalife story has been covered by many an angle so far (the blood-sucking pyramid scheme angle, the grandma angle, the Dan Loeb/UWS hedge fund manager on UWS hedge fund manager angle), the most important angle of all had yet to be explored: the actual ingesting of this stuff angle.