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Last month, we learned that Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency, compromised the personal information of 143 million people, didn’t tell anybody for a month, tweeted out phishing sites, sold off stock, and did a bunch of other shady shit. And then things got worse.

Today former Equifax CEO Richard Smith is getting grilled by members of the Senate Banking Committee about the breach and his role as the evil, avaricious dickbag at the center of it, and the nation is watching. Smith isn’t the sole focus, however, as one observer, in particular, is catching people’s attention.


As CNBC reports, “A person dressed in a black top hat and bushy white mustache, occasionally putting a monocle on, is sitting in the audience of the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Equifax data breach.” Ah, but that’s not just any old-timey aristocrat. “The person,” CNBC continues, “appears to resemble the character Rich Uncle Pennybags from the classic board game [Monopoly].”

And one can only assume he’s got a few “Get Out Of Jail Free” cards in those deep pockets of his.

As The Hill notes, Public Citizen, an advocacy group focused on government accountability, has owned up to the stunt.


Others at the hearing or watching at home shared their own shots of Pennybags and everybody in his vicinity doing their best to ignore him.


Do not pass go, Mr. Smith. Do not collect 143 million people’s personal information.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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