Regulate Me, Baby

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On today's Planet Money:

In the best tradition of The Bachelor, financial institutions get to choose from a small flock of regulators. Those regulators collect fees for their work, so they're hot to woo potential companies. The Planet Money Players, with special guest Dina Temple Raston, show you how it's done as they vie for the affections of one Adam Isaac Gavidson, better known as AIG.

Bonus: A listener indicator from the office.

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Jocelyn Lally writes:

Planet Money indicator: 2 minutes.

The approximate wait time I have to wait for the printer to "warm up," sometimes even in the middle of the day, when I send something to print.

I am always shocked when I print something in the afternoon (first thing in the morning, I can understand) and the printer hasn't been used in awhile and I have to wait about 2 minutes for it to warm up. I work in an office building in downtown Chicago, and my company takes up 2 of those floors with about 200 employees. Granted there are multiple printers per floor, but I never noticed this being a problem before. It seems people around me just don't have that much work to do, and aren't printing anything out. I, on the other hand, am busy! In fact, three people in my little cubicle corridor have just been cut to 3 days per week, but I still have plenty of work to keep me busy. We do totally different jobs, so it's not like I'm hoarding projects or anything, but I still find it strange that no one is printing anything. Maybe this downturn will benefit the environment somehow...



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