Wells Fargo Fires Executive Who Peed On Woman On Air India Flight

Wells Fargo Fires Executive Who Peed On Woman On Air India Flight

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It’s good to know that there are consequences for peeing on your fellow airline passengers, even if the punishment comes with a delay.

Man urinates on woman in Air India business class

A few days ago I wrote about how a 72-year-old woman reported having been urinated on while traveling in Air India business class from New York to Delhi. The woman claims that after the lunch service was completed, a man who appeared drunk walked to her seat, unzipped his pants, relieved himself, and continued to expose himself.

Arguably worst of all, the crew didn’t seem to take the situation seriously. Not only did the urinating man not initially get any punishment from the crew, but the woman was basically told to sit in her urine-soaked seat.

While this incident happened back in late November 2022, it’s only getting media attention several weeks later. That’s because the traveler claimed she had tried to get a resolution with Air India, but found the airline wasn’t taking the situation seriously, which is why she went to the media.

Well, there’s now an interesting update to this story…

Wells Fargo fires urinating Air India business class passenger

On Friday, Wells Fargo fired an executive, who is reportedly the man behind this incident. Specifically, 34-year-old Shankar Mishra, who is Wells Fargo’s vice president of operations in India, was terminated. Here’s what the company said in a statement:

“Wells Fargo holds employees to the highest standards of professional and personal behavior and we find these allegations deeply disturbing. This individual has been terminated from Wells Fargo.”

The wildest part is that he’s facing more consequences than just losing his job. Air India has filed a formal criminal complaint against him, so Mishra decided to make a run for it. Police weren’t able to track him down until now, as he has finally been caught.

Mishra tried to escape by turning off his phone, though he had been communicating with friends via social media, and had also been using his credit card, allowing the police to track him. He has now been taken into custody, with Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar Singh issuing the following statement:

“Accused Shankar Mishra in IGIA case has been arrested from Bengaluru by a Delhi Police team. He has been brought to Delhi and further investigation into the case is in progress.”

Meanwhile via a statement made through his lawyers, Mishra claims he had already compensated the woman at the time of the incident:

“The WhatsApp messages between the accused and the lady clearly show that the accused had got the clothes and bags cleaned on November 28 and the same were delivered on November 30.”

I’m sorry, paying for her clothes to be cleaned is now considered sufficient compensation for being peed on??? Goodness, this guy is going to have some interesting conversations going forward, explaining to people why he’s no longer at Wells Fargo…

Also, am I the only one who wonders how much this guy had to drink? I don’t know what kind of an altered state of mind someone would need to be in to think “oh, this seems like a great time to go and pee on someone on this plane.”

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation is also investigating this incident, stating that “the conduct of the concerned airline appears to be unprofessional and has led to a systemic failure.”

Bottom line

A woman recently came public about being urinated on while traveling in Air India business class from New York to Delhi. While the airline didn’t initially take the situation seriously, the media attention seems to have helped with putting pressure on all parties.

Not only has a criminal complaint now been filed, but the man who urinated on the woman has been identified, and has been fired from his executive position at Wells Fargo. What an unfortunate way to end a career, though I’m happy to see that there’s some accountability.

What do you make of this incident?

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  1. Sony Guest

    Air India could have easily avoided this by cutting off his drink supply. Well, prime example that education and designation don't always go hand in hand with basic manners and courtesy.

  2. Lynette Guest

    My dad once had a drunk passenger pass out on his shoulder and drool on him. During the flight, my entire family got bumped to first class. I'll never forget the service, it was so amazing. My sister and I forever referred to it as "the food airplane". Come to find out, the drunk guy was the pilot's son.

  3. david Guest

    Could have been worse. At least he didn't cut rope on her. That's happened before too.

  4. Nope Guest

    The age of corporations only responding to incidents when they get bad press must end. Crippling fines and/or shutdowns must be levied against such entities for them to begin to take these sorts of things seriously

  5. IP Guest

    I wouldn’t mind being splashed with a bit of pee. Not sure why the freak out.

    1. John Guest

      @IP

      Funny you say that. I splashed @Eskimoo today. She loved it....

  6. GEORGE MATHEWS Guest

    The problem with North Indian executives is that they have a superiority complex. They think they can get away with money, influence and position. Exhibition of arrogance is very explicit as they think they are the only smart ones in the world that exist. Glad to see see they fired him. All big corporations should take a good look at the behavior of these executives and all managers. I usually tell my co-workers and family...

    The problem with North Indian executives is that they have a superiority complex. They think they can get away with money, influence and position. Exhibition of arrogance is very explicit as they think they are the only smart ones in the world that exist. Glad to see see they fired him. All big corporations should take a good look at the behavior of these executives and all managers. I usually tell my co-workers and family members that not to work under Indians and Pakistanis. If any one work for them to keep a paper trail of whatever is said or done and all communications. They are outright rogues in suit.

  7. Max Guest

    Maybe he got caught because he didn't want to miss the points associated with credit card spending
    Maybe he got fired because he didn't use a credit card issued by Well Fargo

  8. Guri S Guest

    Who is going to hire him now?

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Uber
      Meta
      Papa Johns
      Activision Blizzard.

      Just to name a few. Some he will fit right in.

  9. dave Guest

    Back in the day picked up a couple girls at a club and ended up sleeping at their apartment. My buddy woke up in a blackout in the middle of the night and pissed on the living room table. Good times.

  10. JorgeGeorge Paez Guest

    Well, if you know anything about the India justice system, his case will be in court in the year 2042. Seriously.....

    1. John Guest

      Jooooooorge! Show us your green card, Joooooorge!

    2. Richard Guest

      Hard to visualize, maybe this airline needs to look at their rules in serving alcohol on their planes! It’s happened 2 times now, both with intoxicated passengers !

    3. SDS Guest

      Agreed - They should just expedite proceedings, hold elections and make him president.

  11. someone glad not 2b from packeestan Guest

    The female victim was Indian as well, and she has stated that calling her nationality into question, as you have done, is as bad as Alla-o-philia.

  12. Daniel Redkin Guest

    Quite revealing that WF took prompt action just based on "allegations". How about a suspension followed by termination once it's been unequivocally proven that this is the individual and that he is guilty? Guess same old succumbing to social media pressure.

    1. Scudder Diamond

      It sounds like the guy admitted to it by claiming to have already compensated the victim.

  13. Morgan Diamond

    Good to see some accountability, Air India needs to be fined as well though and those employees retrained at a minimum.

  14. Katherine Guest

    In the larger context in the country, it just seems to be getting worse for women with violence and brutality against women on the rise. If the airline did not take the passenger seriously that only shows the increasing insensitivity.

  15. RF Diamond

    Good to see consequences for his disgusting conduct.

  16. Srini Rao Guest

    I think the real story here is the conduct of Air India and the fact they didn't notice this guy was drunk. I wonder if they served him alcohol. Then to try to hush it up and not report the incident like they are supposed to do.

    I feel this is the real story and the fact the Air India suspended him from flying for only 30 days instead of the maximum allowed.

    What if...

    I think the real story here is the conduct of Air India and the fact they didn't notice this guy was drunk. I wonder if they served him alcohol. Then to try to hush it up and not report the incident like they are supposed to do.

    I feel this is the real story and the fact the Air India suspended him from flying for only 30 days instead of the maximum allowed.

    What if this was a minister? I doubt he would have resigned and it would have been hushed up.

    I've no faith that Tata can reform Air India.

    1. May Guest

      Tata can only revamp and make the planes comfortable, well-equipped and better. Maybe even better in flight services and crew but we all know that unfortunately issues like a minister doing this and the airlines hushing it is just something that can't change in india regardless of the airlines. Same with the indigo situation where tejasvi surya opened the emergency door. Incredible india! Only for the rich and powerful

  17. nr Guest

    my guess is he took an ambien or mixed something else you shouldn’t have while intoxicated.

    1. Aussie Guest

      Oh yes, it must be the drugs. Nothing to do with him being a perverted sexual deviant.

    2. John Guest

      @Aussie

      Coming from an invading people who literally stole an entire continent from the real owners? Perhaps if I asked a Tasmanian aboriginal for their thoughts?

    3. SSS Guest

      @John spare us your woke political commentary. Comment from Aussie was bang on the money and you added absolutely nothing to the thread.

    4. SSS Guest

      @John, it gets better. To quote a special someone from elsewhere in this thread:

      “Once again your innate small-mindedness shines through in a clumsy attempt at deeper thinking. [I can actually hear the rusty screws turning in your head]
      So what if it was? That still doesn't legitimize sweeping statements about an entire nation. Trust you not to see the wood for the trees.
      Clearly logic is not your friend.”

    5. Eskimo Guest

      @SSS

      No point trying to feed the derogatory bigot troll. Especially when the comments are with mentality not more than 4th grader. No creativity, no sign of intelligence. It's not even fun.

      It's more fun just to ignore and see the troll helplessly trying to get fed ;)

  18. Creditian Guest

    Wells Fargo keeps hiring wrong people. This urinal incident is a solid proof.

  19. Edgar Guest

    This blog has now become more of a housewives gossip and has lost the class it had in the earlier days as a decent travel blog.

    1. Bob Guest

      Time to ban flying for work.

  20. Daniel from Finland Guest

    Just like their advertising goes... Incredible India!

    1. Utkarsh - Indian. Guest

      As an Indian, i find your comment offensive. One man and One incident should not be repesentative of a country. However, I doubt someone like you would have the maturity to understand.

      Though this is a an extremely unfortunate situation, I m glad that via such blogs, this incident has come to light and the next “sanjay mishra” will think twice before putting themselves in this situation. Regardless of the country or airline one is from.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      @Utkarsh - Indian.

      What if it wasn't Daniel from Finland, but Deepak from Uttar Pradesh. Would you still find that comment offensive?

      Even YOU, as an (self proclaimed) Indian uses "sanjay" and not "Shankar". How is that for offensive.

      Regardless of the country or airline one is from, I can only think of few nationalities that would actually pee on someone else in public, on a plane or not.

    3. John Guest

      @Eskimo

      Once again your innate small-mindedness shines through in a clumsy attempt at deeper thinking. [I can actually hear the rusty screws turning in your head]
      So what if it was? That still doesn't legitimize sweeping statements about an entire nation. Trust you not to see the wood for the trees.
      Clearly logic is not your friend.

    4. SDS Guest

      Whether it's Daniel from Finland, Deepak from Uttar Pradesh or John Smith from Arkansas..

      One thing is for certain - the proficiency shown here in using disproportionately small data points to make egregious claims on this thread will inspire many a F150 driving, moonshine drinking, tobacco chewing genius to one day lead the republic of redneckia.

    5. Carlos Guest

      The incredible India should be incredible Air India, their behavior is appalling.

    6. Petri Diamond

      Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. There are reports on a new, even more recent case from an outbound flight from India.

  21. Blistering Barnacles Guest

    I don’t think he is a “senior” executive. Like at all banks, VP tittles are mid senior/ managerial experience.

    1. Ryan Guest

      VP at most banks is barely middle management. Everyone is a VP, the dude who empties the trash cans had a VP title.

    2. Bagoly Guest

      Correct.
      In American banks VP is roughly equivalent to Sergeant in the army (Analyst is Private, sorry Specialist; Associate is Lance Corporal; Assistant VP is Corporal).
      In American non-Banks, VP (and Senior VP and Executive VP) are much higher up the hierarchy.

  22. Eve Guest

    The individual has been caught by police in BLR, just for an update.

    Police were able to track his movement through his social media

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/shankar-mishra-arrested-how-cops-traced-and-caught-mumbai-man-who-peed-on-woman-on-air-india-flight-3671366/amp/1

  23. Ben gazzmen Guest

    This would be a non article if the peeing passenger was sitting in first class

  24. Chacc Guest

    So you can grab a woman by their private parts and be president.
    But pee on someone once...and you're fired...
    What is the world coming to!

    1. Pete Guest

      Well if you get peed on, you can become president, too.

    2. Jon Guest

      Unless it's a golden shower. Then he becomes your puppet

    3. Cmetravel Guest

      You have TDS…get help…

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Daniel from Finland Guest

Just like their advertising goes... Incredible India!

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Pete Guest

Well if you get peed on, you can become president, too.

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Srini Rao Guest

I think the real story here is the conduct of Air India and the fact they didn't notice this guy was drunk. I wonder if they served him alcohol. Then to try to hush it up and not report the incident like they are supposed to do. I feel this is the real story and the fact the Air India suspended him from flying for only 30 days instead of the maximum allowed. What if this was a minister? I doubt he would have resigned and it would have been hushed up. I've no faith that Tata can reform Air India.

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