Gordon Dickson was once Bank of Scotland's risk officer. His career spanned several decades and made him a nice chunk of money. Then the crisis happened, the shares he'd bought over thirty years collapsed, he fell into a depression and declared he wanted nothing to do with this godforsaken industry. But he needed to find meaning in something and he needed a source of income (having previously relied on dividend payments that were no longer). And that's when he turned to pirates.
In 2008, he turned to “Pete the Pirate,” a children’s party character he’d created as a hobby, for a way out of the bind. The pirate charges about 200 pounds per event, works as many as seven days a week and enjoys his job, Dickson said. He’s hired at a range of events, including this month’s Scottish Open golf tournament at Loch Lomond, where he entertained the players’ children with a mixture of magic tricks, puppet shows, games and dancing. “I am ashamed to be known as a banker, I am much happier being known as ‘Pete the Pirate,’” said Dickson, a married father of two whose home is littered with pictures of his daughters. “The bankers of old were very decent people, very cautious people. We looked after other people’s money, we didn’t speculate with it.”
Pete has no interest in ever associating with you people again, but now that he has the mic, he would like to say one thing.
“Pete the Pirate,” has learned something -- don’t invest in banks. The 62-year-old Glaswegian, also known as “Mr. Giggles"...advises fellow Britons to shun the government’s proposed “People’s Bank Bonus,” the sale of taxpayer shares in Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc.