Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ambulance Chasing At Bear Stearns
I have to give a shout-out to Ray Schmitz, an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Previews International in New York City.
A week ago last Monday, when several employees of Bear Stearns Bear Stearns Cos were leaving the building with cartons and plants, Schmitz was standing outside the building, handing out his business card.
"There were some people who were not happy about their own circumstances,” Schmitz told me this morning, “and sure there were people who didn’t want to talk to me and some who didn’t want to look at me."
What next? Are divorce lawyers going to start whipping out their business cards every time they see a couple argue in a restaurant?
I wouldn't put it past them.
This Bear Stearns thing reminds me of my own serious car accident. About nine years ago, after the car I was in was pulverized by another and wrapped around a telephone pole, I laid sprawled out, immobilized on the backseat when some lawyer reaches in, before the paramedics, and handed me his business card. I wish I kept it so I could post his info here. Furthermore, of course the guy that caused the accident admitted, later on in legal proceedings, that he met his legal counsel randomly in the hospital. SURE it was "random". They are total scumbags, the lot of these PI lawyers.
Anyway, it's a wonder that some meathead from Bear Stearns didn't reach out and punch the real estate jerk.
There's a major difference between say my harmless brand of mental schadenfreude and the in-your-face commercial variety.