I heard a story a good while back about a farmer in North Dakota being
Finding this strange, the farmer declined the offer but took down the
"The car belongs to Standard Oil," he was told.
Obviously, figuring that there was oil under his land, he held out for a
If Standard Oil had rented a car for its forays into the field to
The moral: Sometimes we give away our identity when we don't want to.
In banking too we have examples of ways outsiders can determine who we
I remember being invited to talk for a giant financial institution at
The top officers were gathered around the pool. When I arrived, I walked
A little later I saw a tall man wearing a blue suit and thick black
I went up to him and asked, "You are obviously a security officer
"I saw your picture before I left New York," he replied.
One of my favorite stories of finding out people's identity took place
The then marketing editor, Laura Gross, knew that a major thrift was for
Wanting the names of the contenders, she plotted how to get them. With
"Are you here for the bidding?" she asked passersby.
If the answer was yes, she asked for their names and the name of their
Other examples of both trying to hide who you are or breaking through
One major bank had been given some pretty bad press after newspapers
The solution: Next year they didn't register half of them in the
But my favorite story is one a banking friend thought up but is too
Let's say you want to boost the price of your stock and you feel one way
What do you do?
You rent a stretch limousine and put a decal with the logo of that major
I think it would work like a charm.