'Monopoly Man' sits behind former Equifax CEO at Senate hearing

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 5, 2017 at 9:58 AM
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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Senate Banking Committee on the Equifax data breach attracted attention on social media for an unusual audience member -- the Monopoly Man.

Images taken from video of the committee's hearing Wednesday went viral on Twitter after users noticed someone dressed as Mr. Monopoly -- aka Rich Uncle Pennybags -- sitting behind former Equifax CEO Richard Smith as he delivered testimony.

The videobomber was later revealed as Amanda Werner, campaign manager with Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen.

"I am dressed as the Monopoly Man to call attention to Equifax and Wells Fargo's use of forced arbitration as a get-out-of-jail-free card for massive misconduct," Werner told CNN Tech. "They use these ripoff clauses buried in the fine print to ensure that consumers can't join together to hold them accountable in court."

A video posted to YouTube by Public Citizen shows Werner, in character as the board game icon, handing out flyers modeled after Monopoly's "Get Out of Jail Free" card outside of the hearing.

The flyer bears the Equifax and Wells Fargo logos.

"It basically explains how forced arbitration allows companies to break the law and not have any consequences because consumers can't actually go to court," Werner says in the video.

She offers the "Get Out of Jail Free" card to senators filing into the meeting, but they decline.

"Hopefully they'll vote the right way and get rid of your right to sue Wells Fargo," she says.

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