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When the AIG Chickens Come Home to Roost


This AIG ad, in the Dec. 2005 issue of National Geographic, claims "50 million customers" who rely on AIG to secure their financial future.

This AIG ad, in the Dec. 2005 issue of National Geographic, claims "50 million customers" who rely on AIG to secure their financial future.

Fairfield, Conn. — Longtime pillars of the community are now pariahs living in fear, hiding behind locked gates and security guards amid the public outrage over bonuses paid with taxpayer bailout money.

Payouts by American International Group Inc. appear to have put a face on the economic struggles the country faces, and the anger targeting AIG executives living in this ritzy area of Connecticut is palpable. Death threats have been pouring in since the brouhaha broke, the company said, and its workers are taking no chances.

“It’s scary,” one executive said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. “People are very, very nervous for their security.”

Associated Press, March 21, 2009.

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