Toronto Financial Services Employees Responses To G-20 Threat Range From Pants-Pissingly Terrified To Defensive To Whatevs

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The G-20 has come to Toronto! And with it, the threat of potentially angry protesters! Guess what though? The Canadians aren't scared. Not at all, actually. They're not gonna be pushed around and in fact, if you must know, they've got a plan, for how they're gonna deal with these bullies. Several in fact. The first is to go home, lock the doors, get under the covers and not come out until it's safe. The second is to tell anyone listening to piss off-- they're not going anywhere. This is their house (office) and they will defend it. And you wanna know something else? They're not afraid anymore.

While most of Toronto's companies in the financial district are sending employees home to avoid run-ins with G-20 demonstrators, workers at the StatPro North America, a provider of asset management software based there, will hunker down. The company's office is on the border of the "red zone" -- the two-block radius around the Metro Toronto Convention Center, where G-20 summit is being held. The city strongly recommended those in the area to leave. Andrew Peddar, chief operating officer of StatPro North America, said that the firm wanted to ensure that its clients, which include asset managers and hedge funds, could be assured of uninterrupted service during the week. The campout was the employees' suggestion. That way, they'll avoid potential disasters on the client front and also sidestep protestors. "We have sleeping bags, lot of food and lots of liquid," said Peddar. The axes? "In case we need to break out."

Not sure if he's in the minority but at least one guy thinks the whole thing is aces. Let's do it again!

Junaid Zia, a risk analyst at Deloitte, had most of the week off. When he left the office Monday night, he said he didn't see any protestors, only a lot of policemen. He has been updating his resume and taking courses on the Deloitte website. "They should just do G-20 every year," he said.

Also, this is neither here nor there, but a word to the wise: this chick is watching you.

Debbie Kiladze, an underwriter at Swiss Re Toronto, worked at home Thursday and Friday because her office closed, although it isn't in the red zone. While Kiladze seemed to have followed the rules nearly to a T, some of her colleagues may not have been as diligent. "When I logged on this morning, having slept in, a few people still weren't on," said a pajama-clad Kiladze.

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Financial Services Employee's Pharmaceutical Heists Involved Fallen-From-Grace Celebrity Masks

Edgar Repko Jr. had a pretty good run. Officers Derek Campbell and Laura Frisenda were patrolling at South Plank Road and Route 300 about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday near businesses that had been burglarized in the last few months. They spotted investment banker Edgar Repko Jr., 29, in dark clothing walking down South Plank Road. The officers lost sight of him, but began checking businesses in the area. That's when they heard noises near the back of Signature Pharmacy at 181 South Plank Rd. Police said they found Repko wearing a rubber “Mr. T” mask and using a pry bar to get into the pharmacy. He ran toward Cinema 10, but was nabbed by Campbell and arrested. Repko is also charged with burglarizing the same pharmacy on July 5 at 3:30 a.m. In that case, police said they caught him on video wearing a Mike Tyson mask, which they found tossed in the bushes. Police said he stole drugs, including Xanax and hydrocodone, in that burglary. Police are investigating to see if Repko is connected to a string of other burglaries in the last few months, including one at the Medical Arts Pharmacy on Route 32 by a man wearing Richard Nixon mask. The Signature pharmacy was burglarized in June as well. Town of Marlborough police also arrested Repko in connection to an attempted burglary of an apartment on June 11, his birthday. Town of Newburgh cops catch investment banker with 'Mr. T' mask breaking into pharmacy [Record Online via BI] Edgar Repko [LinkedIn]

Exotic Dancer Turned Financial Services VP Wants Long Island To Pay $10 Million For Forcing Her To Have An Affair With Responsibility-Shirking Cop

Remember Tara Obernauer? For a quick refresher, Obernauer is vice-president at Forbes Private Capital Group, whose resume also includes an MBA from Hofstra, five years as a compliance officer at Guggenheim Capital Markets, and dancing gig at a now-defunct gentlemen's club called Stringfellows, where she earned "$1,000 a night or more." Last July she started having an affair with Nassau County police officer Mike Tedesco,* which involved Tedesco literally and figuratively "parking his cruiser in Obernauer's driveway" during his shift and "hanging out on the couch, watching TV, and taking naps" while letting younger cops, who Tedesco referred to "assist bitches," respond to calls. The reason we know all this is that Mike's bosses "compared reports by Obernauer's neighbors with GPS records from his squad car, [which] showed at least 57 visits" at times he was supposed to be working, and then cross-referenced them with Obernauer, who had no intention of covering for Tedesco after she learned he was married with kids.** Anyway, in April Obernauer got an order of protection against the guy, fearing retaliation for not telling Internal Affairs that he was "just a friend who stops by once in a while," as per his request,** and now she wants Nassau County to cough up a few million for unleashing this animal on her. The mistress of a married Nassau County cop — who enjoyed more than 100 nights with him while he was on duty — is threatening to sue the county for $10 million because it didn’t prevent the couple’s steamy romance. Sexy Wall Street exec Tara Obenauer, 42, has filed a notice of claim saying that she intends to sue Nassau County and the Police Department because officials were “negligent” for not keeping Officer Mike Tedesco from visiting her house while he was on duty. “As a result of the County and Tedesco’s negligent and intentional acts, Claimant has suffered and sustained severe and substantial emotional damages,” the notice of claim said. Here's what Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli had to say about that: “I just think it’s rather ironic that she’s filing a notice of claim against the county. Because, based on what has been reported in the press, she was receiving from the county Police Department a lot more than others were receiving.” *Who showed up to her house claiming he'd received a report of loud music, after a colleague who knew Obernauer piqued Tedesco's interest by telling him "she was good-looking." **To which she responded "They have your GPS records, you moron. I'm not perjuring myself for you. We're over and I want my key back."