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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

https://apnews.com/article/martin-shkreli-daraprim-profits-fb77aee9ed155f9a74204cfb13fc1130
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u/Helphaer Jan 14 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

Don't forget too easily that while this guy is a good poster boy for bad behavior, he is the convenient scapegoat that everyone can point to as a distraction from their own issues.

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u/PrehistoricDawg69420 Jan 14 '22

He's the face of what everyone else is doing.

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u/ImpossibleParfait Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22 Gold

His problem was simply that he wasn't part of the club. The big market players all do what he did.

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u/Ph0X Jan 14 '22

Nah, the problem is that he craved attention, streamed and showed off publicly. Most people who do shit like this stay behind 10 layers of corporate structures and keep away from the light.

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u/Helenium_autumnale Jan 15 '22

It's LLCs all the way down...

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 14 '22 edited Jan 14 '22

His problem was simply that he wasn't part of the club

Wrong. His problem was being an unashamed asshole. People act like hating this guy is a distraction. No he's just the pimple with the most obvious head.

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

I think you’re misunderstanding the point. It’s not that anyone’s suggesting he did nothing wrong. They’re saying he was singled out amongst all the other douchebag crooks just like him that have often done the same horrible things on a grander scale because he’s not important enough to get the protection.

Other companies that do this kind of stuff systematically (like Valiant, for instance) just get a stern talking to by Congress - if that - then go about their business as usual.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

They’re saying he was singled out amongst all the other douchebag crooks just like him that have often done the same horrible things on a grander scale because he’s not important enough to get the protection.

He was literally in the damn club what are you talking about?

He got kicked out of the club because turns out being evil AND pompous is a bridge too far

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

Shkrelli was a little fish. He was not one of them. Just big enough to warrant attention, not big enough to have real influence where it mattered. Yes, being pompous helped put the target there, but nothing the original commenter you replied to said was wrong. If you think the only thing stopping the government from going after the major players on Wall Street is their attitude, I don’t know what to tell you. Seems pretty pompous to me anyways to just keep on doing business as usual after being dragged into Congress and dressed down or having to pay out large settlements, but they don’t put see jail time.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

Well we can agree on one thing, he is a "little" fish. Guy can't be more than 5'8"

And the people here who are caught up with the systemic problems-- I agree.

There are issues and we should filet all the bastards starting with Shkreli (figuratively speaking).

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u/Shillforbigusername Jan 15 '22

Shoulda just stayed in his Hobbit hole.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

He was so rich and all he had to do was stick to his business, now he's public enemy number 1

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

Which is what he was trying to do. Instead of getting mad at pimples, we need to focus on all the greasy food and unwashed pillowcases in government that causes the zits!!!

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u/RevieweiveR Jan 15 '22

unwashed pillow cases? that's new to me. I wash my bedding very frequently but didn't think of it like a grease sponge for my face until now.

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

For sure it is! I had pretty bad acne and a fresh pillowcase every night helped me get rid of it.

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

Which is what he was trying to do.

What are you even talking about here

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

I think he was trolling

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u/TyrannoROARus Jan 15 '22

At a certain point, trolling becomes who you are

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u/IttyBittyTittyMouse Jan 15 '22

Ultimately YUP. He made a show of it and it pissed people off.

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u/Dads101 Jan 15 '22

I disagree. He didn’t play by the rules. The real problem is he didn’t shut his fucking mouth. You’re literally rich off other peoples suffering. You are selling medicine for Christ sake.

The whole pharmaceutical industry went after this dude with the might of the oligarchs. It’s okay to be wealthy in this country and take advantage of others. But you don’t bring attention to yourself while doing it. Every rich person knows this unspoken rule.

Driving your luxury/super car is how you flex. You don’t say shit online or to the news etc. If he had just kept his head down and his ego in check we wouldn’t even know this guy exists