Remember those old Mastercard commercials — the ones where they show you an item, then its price; then another item…and its price; and finally a third item and its price? At the end they bring it all together with a sentimental statement that makes all that money worth it. Remember those? Here’s how I see Mastercard making a commercial about John Thain’s little spending spree:

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Announcer: Parchment waste can…$1,400

romanshade

Announcer: Roman shade…$11,000

antiquecommode

Announcer: Antique commode “on legs”…$35,000

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Announcer: Remodeling your office…$1,220,000

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Announcer: Bonuses to senior executives…$4 billion

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Announcer: Fiddling at the taxpayer’s expense while the U.S. economy is crumbling…priceless

(Fade out)

(Quick Note: All of the images in this post are not mine, most are not copyrighted and all are being used under the Fair Use doctrine of U.S. copyright law).

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