Bank Of America, Citi To Hot Box Break Rooms On Taxpayer Dime?


Boys, I think we've finally found a program we can all feel good about funding: on-site man caves. Places for government workers to chill and just get high and shoot the shit and max and relax while gettin' paid. Like these janitors in Albany, Louis Marciano and Gary Pivoda. They've received $23,738 and $4,732, respectively to light up while "working" since 2004.

The pair were suspended last week after state Inspector General Joseph Fisch's office raided their alleged hangout on July 14. Their so-called "man cave," situated inside the East Garage off Phillip Street, featured couches, a television and DVDs, a refrigerator, and rolling papers and scales to weigh marijuana, the IG's office said in announcing suspensions of the men on Friday.
Fisch's office alleged the men used the secret party lounge, located in a maintenance area, to sell drugs, get high and sleep while other janitors cleaned Pivoda's section in the garage. The IG's office said the janitor made pot deliveries in his OGS vehicle to electricians, plumbers and fellow state workers. He was charged with misdemeanor use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.

You see where I'm going with this, yeah? It could increase productivity, maybe, but more importantly it'd make working at places like government owned Bank of America and Citi, a little more fun. You know Ken Lewis would go for it-- his office pretty much fits the above description already if you add some kegs, broken glass and piss in the corner-- and Vikula could be easily convinced.
Man Cave Workers Got Overtime [Times Union via Daily Intel]


Citi Would Like To Make It Clear It Did Not Pay Debrahlee Lorenzana A Dime

Remember Debrahlee Lorenzana? For those with short memories, two years ago, Lorenzana sued Citibank for firing her for allegedly being "too hot," a claim representatives of the bank denied several times, while also calling her an attention whore. After the initial hoopla, interest in Lorenzana, who once appeared on a TV show discussing her reasons for having her breasts enlarged (she wanted to look like "tits on a stick" in order to attract a "professional, well-educated man) died down and many likely forgot about the story of T's on an S versus Citi.  In a Daily News article today, though, Debs said that she passed on a settlement wanting instead to "press on." While it's not clear that anyone reading the piece took it to mean Lorenzana had in fact received damages for her hotness, Citi, which long ago had it with this chick, was not having it. Lest there be any confusion about whether or not she extracted jack from Vikram et al, the bank has gone on record to say: "The case is concluded, and Citibank did not enter into any kind of a settlement with Ms. Lorenzana or provide any payment to her."