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Schadenfreude for a GOP Convention Delegate's Misadventure or Prada Goeth Before a Fall
Gabriel Nathan Schwartz's Misadventure at the GOP Convention
John Schwartz's column in the Sunday NY Times entitled "The Harder they Fall, the More I Smile" contains the following anecdote about a young, affluent delegate to the GOP convention:
"Then there are the people whose judgment is so horrifyingly bad that those of us who have honed our sense of schadenfreude must stand back in awe, as if we have been presented with a kind of once-in-a-lifetime performance art. That artist, that visionary is Gabirel Nathan Schwartz, a lawyer from Denver who had a bit of trouble in August at the Republican National Convention. Mr. Schwartz--no relation--seems to have met a nice lady at a bar during the convention and taken her back to his hotel room.
"Here's what happened next, accorting to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in a report that reads like blank verse:
'Once there, the woman fixed the drinks and told him to get undressed.
'And that, the delegate to the Republican National Convention told police, was the last thing he remembered.'
"According to the initial police report, when Mr. Schwartz, who is 29, woke up, he was $120,000 poorer. He had been relieved of a great deal of cash plus a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a $5,000 necklace and a belt worth $1,000 Prada.
"Once the story of his misadventure started making the rounds on the Internet, Mr. Schwartz said, 'I used poor judgment.' A spokeswoman for Mr. Schwartz said that his losses actually amounted to $63, 050, and that he has worked with the police to correct the misunderstanding.
"In his statement, he said he was 'joking around' when he pronclaimed during an interview earlier in the convention that he wanted 'less taxes and more war,' and that the United States should 'bomb the hell out of Iran.'
"I might not have the kind of money that gives me expertise in this area, and I don't own any Prada. But I feel I know a thing or two about wealth. And let me tell you that anybody who wears a $30,000 watch can afford to lose $30,000. Prada goeth before a fall."
The Harder They Fall, The More I Smile
- The Harder They Fall, the More I Smile
John Schwartz's NY Times column relates the misadventure of a young delegate to the GOP convention in St. Paul.