Wells Fargo VP Terminated for Urinating on a 72-year-old Woman (Allegedly)

Shankar Mishra, 34, until recently a VP at Wells Fargo, was on a flight from New York to Delhi, India. Mr. Mishra had been drinking on the flight and for some reason began urinating on a fellow passenger.  According to witnesses, Mr. Mishra did not stop his bathroom behavior until another passenger tapped him and told him to return to his seat.

When the flight landed, Mr. Mishra was charged with an “obscene act in a public place, assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman, and misconduct in public by a drunken person.”  Quite the statute India has.

The crew is under investigation by Air India for its actions and inactions:

  1. The pilot vetoed a request by the crew to have the female passenger moved to first class.
  2. The crew forced Mr. Mishra to apologize.
  3. The crew’s delay and in efficiencies in addressing the situation.

According to the female passenger, Mr. Mishra began crying and begging not to be taken into custody when the flight landed. Mr. Mishra’s father, Shyam, explained that the allegations in an interview on India Today TV are “totally false.”  He added that his son had not slept for 72 hours, had a drink, and is unable to recall anything that happened after that. Shyam Mishra added, “I don’t think he would have done this. The woman is 72 years old, she is like a mother to him.”  Ah, so age is the inborn restraint on abuse of fellow passengers.

Authorities from India called Wells Fargo about Mr. Mishra.  Wells Fargo then terminated Mr. Mishra immediately, noting in a Tweet, “Wells Fargo holds employees to the highest standards of professional and personal behavior and we find these allegations deeply disturbing,” it said, per ANI. “This individual has been terminated from Wells Fargo. We are cooperating with law enforcement and ask that any additional inquiries be directed to them.”


Wells decided not to wait for the wheels of justice to turn in India.  Perhaps the bigger issue for Wells is: “How on earth did this man get to be a vice president?” Followed by, “Is tweeting the best way to address HR questions?”

For airlines, a follow-up issue is the return to serving spirits on flights. Perhaps a drink maximum?

For us, drunk or not, is anything left to civility?

Charmaine Patterson,  “Wells Fargo Fires Top Exec After He Allegedly Urinated on Elderly Woman During Flight to India,” People, January 7, 2023.


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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.
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