It can often feel as though those in power have guardian angels watching over them, shielding them from the consequences of their actions and guarding their prestige and wealth. There’s a word for this kind of guardian angel: cash. Great big wads of cold hard currency usually deflect any inconvenient questions or probing inquiries from the authorities. Why face repercussions when you can simply bribe them away?
Ever heard the expression “money talks and bullsh*t walks?” Unfortunately, in many instances, this profane idiom turns out to be true. If you’ve got the right connections, if you went to the right school, joined the right clubs and can boast an eight-figure salary then you can usually ensure that jail time is just something that happens to poor people.
If your grandfather is a billionaire, and the owner of one of the biggest energy drink manufacturers in the world, then a manslaughter charge can be waved aside with perfunctory carelessness, and you’ll walk away with no more than a slap on the wrist. That’s what’s happened to Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, who failed to appear in a Thai court this week, for the seventh time, after being accused of killing a policeman. Pretty scandalous, but hardly surprising when his family is worth an estimated $20 billion.
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