"Where's the proof!" That's the frequent refrain our nemesis will make when we declare we are going to "report" that professional to some proper authority. And that reply is on the money. Our society is one which demands evidence.
Well, as we read in THE NEW YORK TIMES last Sunday, former JP Morgan financial advisor Johnny Burris had that proof. In a highly unethical manner, Burris taped his superiors who demanded he sell more JP Morgan products. The guy landed on his feet, getting another good job at Oppenheimer & Company. We who have been denied our day in the courts of law and public opinion because of lack of evidence can't help but applaud Burris.
Although it seems like something out of a James Bond film, more and more of us ordinary people are wondering how we also can pull off the taping. Will we become a mass of people wearing wires when called into the boss' office about implementing an agenda we know is unethical? Yet, by secretly taping we are also being unethical.
Burris could make a bundle tutoring us on the ins and outs of taping. Recently I had a brutal encounter with the head of administrative services at a compliance search firm in Manhattan. She, I perceived, was abusive, ranging from not connecting me to the manager to hanging up on me. Yet, not being practiced in the art of taping, I have no proof. When I went to the compliance search firm's website and obtained the name of the chief operating officer to pursue my original matter which was a mistake by its accounting vendor, I had to bite my tongue about the behavior of the administrative front lines. Where was my proof?
It's a dirty practice but we gotta admit that it may be a three-cheers for what Burris decided to do and did it.