My favorite soap opera — As the Pilot/Flying J Scandal Turns —has some new developments. Jimmy Haslam released a letter to the public announcing that nine members of the sales team are not at their jobs anymore (though three of them are just on administrative leave, so I suppose it's possible they could return). This is almost half of the people who were named on the sales team in the original affidavit. So, this is a pretty major housecleaning.
That's good and necessary. But The Tennessean reports this:
In the letter Haslam said that new procedures had already been put in place to eliminate the possibility of a repeat of the rebate skimming practices. He said “essentially all manually calculated diesel rebates at Pilot Flying J have been eliminated.”
“It is important to note that there were numerous, manual diesel rebate accounts that had a zero balance and even some accounts that owed money to Pilot Flying J,” Haslam said in the letter.
Why in the world would this be important to note? Is this really a convincing defense? Should we dwell on how many banks the James Gang didn't rob? Hell, when you think about it, there were billions of women Ted Bundy didn't kill. I don't think you get credit for not being as big a scoundrel as you could have been.
But I did laugh when I read it, so I give Haslam credit for that. He never fails to entertain.