".... This is what democracy looks like."
What did Tracy Postert, a 30-something Upper West Side resident with a Ph.D. in biomedical science specializing in pharmacology, do when she couldn't find a job in academia? Blame Wall Street and Ronald Reagan of course!
My Fox New York reports on the "down-on-her-luck" occupier who spent 15 days making sandwiches for fellow Occupiers in Zuccotti Park only to be rewarded with a job at a Financial District investment firm thanks to a passer-by who grabbed her resume:
"She held signs that read, 'Reagan sucks,' and, 'I'll vote after the revolution.'
But she still needed to get a job, so she made a new sign that read, 'Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking fulltime employment,' and on the back, 'Ask me for my resume.'
It caught the eye of Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst for John Thomas Financial Brokerage. The exec was not looking to hire, but he took Postert's resume anyway.
The next day, Kaufman, impressed by her CV, sent her an email asking if she would like to come for an interview two blocks from Zuccotti Park at 14 Wall St."
The New York Post reports that Postert landed the job as a junior analyst making a low salary now, but "in time" should earn "a cool six figures" according Kaufman.
“She was ranting about Wall Street, and now she’s working on Wall Street. Banks are not so bad. I hope we have opened her eyes,” CEO Thomas Belesis told the Post of Postert, who he believes will be a great asset.
Postert explained her decision to accept the interview despite participating in a movement highly critical of the industry which she admits to have had no background in.
"I had been unemployed for so long, I thought why not?" Postert told the Post.
The man who hired Postert spoke with Fox and Friends Monday:
"of the irony of Postert working on Wall Street when she was protesting it just weeks earlier, Kaufman said, 'It is ironic, but intelligent people, I think, are open-minded. Just like I was open-minded to speaking to the people there and taking her resume, she was equally open-minded. She’s a very, very smart young woman.'”
What do you think of this story? Do you agree with Belesis's assessment that it shows "banks are not so bad." Are you bothered that after exhibiting Occupy Wall Street behavior, Postert was rewarded with a job? Or, are you happy she at least was looking for a job, got one, and put aside her differences?