Terminix and The Ugly Face of Defiance; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Rich Boy” Essay Continues to Have Relevance in the New Gilded-Age

Terminix was to pay its victim of fraud $1,020,000, plus costs incurred. The deadline has come and gone, they haven’t paid. Terminix gambled they would not be discovered or punished if they could divert customers to $40,000 private arbitrations. They lost and now the 1.2 billion dollars revenue a year company isn’t paying up. Debts are usually paid, especially when ordered by a judge. Terminix seems to be of a different feather. Not only will the not pay but they have given no explanation. Most likely they are trying to send a message, if you sue us we will make every step of the process as hard as we can. They want plaintiff’s to get discouraged and give up.

The victim’s suburban home was located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. The contract it was under held that any disputes had to be handled in private arbitration. Even if victims allege fraud, the claims should not be handled by a public court. In arbitration there is no effective right to appeal and the trial is held in a conference room of a law firm. Hearings in public court cost $455, the private conference room and arbitrator cost the victim $40,000. This material fact is not disclosed to the client in the contract. On the contrary, they lead you to believe arbitration is “cheaper and faster” than regular litigation.

But the benefits of arbitration for this were against Terminix this time. They had been hit with punitive damages and had no effective right to appeal and had to pay the sum entered against them within thirty days.  Still they say they plan to appeal but won’t disclose how they possibly could. They had already tried everything, in fact they had been represented by law firm with more than 500+ lawyers  and another nationwide litigation boutique firm with 45+ litigation specialists. Even further, when faced with the Arbiter’s decision Terminix added one more law firm with 400+ lawyers across the South.

This shows that even when futile Terminix will try to leverage all it’s power against their plaintiff’s. This shows that Terminix believes they are above the law and you and me. That they aren’t subject to the rules like we are. Apparently, Terminix feels that they don’t have to pay what they owe. Even after being justly charged of committing fraud. Below is an excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Rich Boy”. In it you will find applicable understanding which still applies to this very day.

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”                                             -Opening Paragraph of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Rich Boy” essay, circa. 1925

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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”                                             -Opening Paragraph of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Rich Boy” essay, circa. 1925

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