Deathwatch: Wonga puppets
They're planning to ditch the "cuddly" puppets too. Which plays havoc somewhat with the definition of cuddly, but there you go. They're off.
Incoming Wonga chairman Andy Haste, former chairman of insurance giant RSA, has said he didn’t want Wonga to be associated with ‘anything which inadvertently attracts children’.
Which is a relief, because the only children who'd be attracted to those puppets are the sort that need counselling.
Mr Haste added that he wants Wonga to become more ‘customer focused’ and change its business operations, even if that means it makes less money in the near term.
It's all part of the government's attempt to put a cap on lending and stop these asshats from rinsing the vulnerable for all they're worth. As of July 1, lenders must put ‘risk warnings’ on television adverts. They are also banned from rolling over loans more than twice and must check potential customers can afford to take out debt before giving them loans.
The Wonga news comes weeks after Wonga said it had agreed with regulators that it would pay £2.6 million in compensation after chasing struggling customers with fake legal letters to pressurise them into paying up. Classy.
Mr Haste said the company, must review rates, fees and charges and no longer be seen as targeting 'the young and the vulnerable'. We can assume they'll have to stop sponsoring Newcastle United then?
He said: "Wonga is a company that needs to go through significant change if it is to have a sustainable future. Some serious mistakes have been made. The company admitted those mistakes and it has apologised for those mistakes. Wonga has understandably faced a lot of criticism and I know that we need to repair our reputation and regain our right to be an accepted part of the financial services sector."
Which is all waffle as you can imagine, but ultimately the godawful pensioner puppets are no more. Now if we can convince Dolmio and Compare The Market that the puppet thing isn't working, we can have a lovely big bonfire.