I still haven’t decided if this story should make me laugh, or make me question the firm the poor woman worked for:
A Taiwan stock trader mistakenly bought $251 million worth of shares with a misstroke of her computer keyboard, meaning her company is looking at a paper loss of more than $12 million and she is looking for a new job.
Okay, on the one hand, the woman made a mistake. On the other hand, the computer systems were brand new, and there is no mention of whether she was given proper training or not. Maybe she was just thrown into using the new system? Who knows.
I can also see why she’d be fired – the company lost money. Or did they? Here’s what one executive for the firm said:
“However, with a good outlook for stocks in the second half, there are no plans to sell the shares in the near term.”
Profiting from an employee’s mistake – now that’s making the most of the situation.
Read: CNET News.com