306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time

306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time

Jan 13, 2006
A girl signs up for a class. A couple hires an accountant. A group of co-workers decides to pool their money and buy a couple of lottery tickets. In the beginning, they're full of hope and optimism...and then something turns. Stories of good ideas gone bad.
  • After years of neglecting their personal finances, Joel and his wife finally decide to sort things out. They hire a tax accountant named Len, whose casual manner is a real comfort, at first. But then, "casual" turns into "drunk" and then it's clear that he's just plain delinquent. Joel tries to take his business elsewhere, but Len refuses to let go of their file. He begs for a second chance, which it seems, came too late. Joel Lovell is an editor at The New York Times Magazine. (8 minutes)AlcoholPersonal Finance
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    • "Len", Colin MacIntyre

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