Another unnecessary drug tragedy

The nice taxi man will see you safely home

If you believe the story, and there are clearly two sides to it, a Morgan Stanley big cheese tried to stiff a NYC cabbie who’d driven him home to Darien and wanted to get paid. According to the driver, after refusing to pay the tab the banker slashed him with a pen knife and said rude things about his mother back in the home country, where the banker encouraged him to join her.

The 45-year-old  banker, named W. Bryan Jennings (and of course he is – he went to Williams) has been suspended from his duties at Morgan Stanley and faces a court trial with possibly a lengthy prison sentence. What could have caused this? He tells us, in his own words:

Jennings later admitted to cops that “he’d been  drinking throughout the day” at a Morgan Stanley charity auction and holiday  party at a West Side hotel before getting into the cab “but didn’t feel he was  highly intoxicated.”

Too bad.

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  1. The New Normal

    can’t be that big of a wig – only pays $10k/yr in property taxes

    • I saw that, Normal, and figured he was either too drunk to remember what his tax bill was or he ddn’t want to appear obnoxiously wealthy to the poor Third World driver.

  2. Greenwich Gal

    Wow…seems odd. What is 200 bucks to this guy? Must be something wrong – brain tumour, early Alzheimers, something. Your usual captain of industry just does not go around stiffing cabbies and weiding penknives.

    • He does if he’s drunk enough. In my time as a lawyer, I had occasion to see police video tapes of certain Greenwich “captains of industry” arrested for drunk driving and, believe me, it wasn’t pretty. Pretty funny, yes, but …

  3. Cos Cobber

    You got me CF. Yes, its too bad this gentlemen didnt have legal access to coke, crank, crack, etc so that he could have started his downward spiral in a more rapid and destructive manner many years ago. You are right, drugs should be legal so we can all get on with our self destructive habits without inhibition.

  4. Peg

    Co-workers called Jennings — who last year earned about $2 million after bonuses and other perks were added to his $400,000 base salary — “one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.”

    If he’s “one of the nicest guys you’ll meet” then his fellow inmates at the workhouse ought to be quite glad to be sharing the bunks with him.

    Truly despicable.

  5. Greenwich Gal

    Weilding, I mean.
    Damn, I can’t see the page anymore.

  6. anon

    If you search GHIN.com, you’ll find that he’s a member of Stanwich Club and has a 5.5 index… Since he’s now unemployable on Wall Street, maybe he can get a job carrying bags…

  7. Cos Cobber

    Last word on this subject from me – Sure he’s had access…but I’m talking about easy access and access where he could do so without legal repercussion and, heck, even make money at it. And drugs and alcohol are very different in that far more people can partake in alcohol without developing dependency and because alcohol already has substantially higher participation rates…so there is no putting that genie back in the bottle.

    Anyways, I’d rather be arguing about taxes, the economy, zip codes and real estate, so I’ll hang up on this issue.

  8. Anonymous

    Rich or poor, an ornery belligerent drunkard is a disgusting individual. There’s not much worse.

  9. Walt

    Dude –
    Put your Sherlock Holmes cap on and think about this, will you? It makes no sense.
    He was at a company sponsored affair, so more than likely he would have company car service at his disposal, and usually have it prearranged and waiting for him whenever he wants to leave.
    But maybe he didn’t. Maybe he forgot to book it. But he still probably has a card with the service number in his wallet, and he could have just called them. A car would be there in 15 -20 minutes.
    But maybe he was drunk, and just hailed a cab to take him to Grand Central. But he was so drunk he told the guy, you know what, just drive me home. A car service, which is much nicer than a NYC yellow cab, and not driven by a smelly Paki, probably costs $150 bucks.

    I think the guy was shitfaced and the Paki tried to rip him off. Maybe he agreed on $200, and then the Paki wanted $300. Maybe the guy didn’t have $300 in cash. But he really wouldn’t care what it costs, because he is submitting it on his expense report and getting reimbursed anyway. No matter what the cost. So why try and knife a guy over that? Something doesn’t feel right here, and you know I have a sixth sense on these things. No one pulls the wool or a burkka over on me.

    You fancy yourself an investigative journalist. What do you think?
    Your Pal,
    Walt

    • I think you should sic Ace Investigative Reporter Terry McBeal on it. The only free rides I ever got were in cars with a grill between me and the front seat.

  10. AJ

    Back just before the start of the French Revolution, an aristocrat could run a peasant down in the street with his carriage and there would be no repercussions. We’re not quite there yet, but like many Wall Streeters this guy was probably just slightly ahead of the curve. I remember back when all the tough guys who used to want to beat everybody up discovered pot and all of the sudden wanted to be friends with everyone. Too bad this guy wasn’t smoking the weed instead of tying one on: it might have been a cordial end to a pleasant evening instead.

  11. I heard about this guy on the radio this morning (NPR. Sorry CF, but I love my classical music) and thought wouldn’t it be perfect if this clown’s middle name was Bryan? And there you go.

  12. Anonymous

    Walt – – with that type of disgusting racism, you’re likley to be knifed yourself.

  13. Walt

    Dude –
    That is actually a good idea!! You do have your moments, you loser. Few and far between, I might add, but occasionally you have one.
    And where was Ms. McBeal on this one? A breaking story right in her own backyard, and she drops the ball? Mainstream media coverage and she misses the boat? But it’s not too late to make some hay on this one. She and I can do a stakeout and crack this case. We rent a panel van, toss a mattress in the back, buy some cheap wine and weed, and bring Barry White CD’s. Then we sit outside this Jennings guys house for a weekend and see what pops up.
    You get to shadow the Paki. I am giving you the better assignment, so don’t screw it up. Your Honda will blend right in, so you won’t incur any additional costs. Maybe wrap a towel around your head, and roll around in some curry after you shower. You do shower, right Dude?
    Tell Ms. McBeal to call me. We need to move quick on this one.
    Your Pal,
    Walt
    PS – What racism? Calling Dude Sherlock Holmes? Did I insult the Brits? I didn’t mean to, so I apologize. I like the Brits. Pippa Middleton is on my top 10 list!! Let’s call him Colombo instead. OK? We good now?

  14. courtesy of “Greenwich Diva” blog http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/wealthy-morgan-stanley-executive-william-bryan-jennings-accused-of-stabbing-cabbie-and-using-racial-slurs/28509/:

    “The incident stems from a December 22, 2011 incident but Jennings was arrested on Wednesday.

    The cab driver told police he had driven Jennings from NYC to his $3.6 million home in Darien around midnight in December 2011.

    The driver said after he got to Jennings’ home the banker refused to fork over the $200 cab fare and began insulting him with racial slurs and threatening him.

    After Jennings refused to pay the fare, the cabbie drove around town trying to find a police officer with Jennings in the back seat of his vehicle.

    It is believed that sometime during the ride to locate a police officer the driver put his hand in the cab’s partition and Jennings, who works for Morgan Stanley, stabbed it with a pen knife.

    Jennings, who did not file a police report at the time of the incident, said he was the victim because the cab driver kidnapped him. He also claimed that the cab-driver wanted another $100 over the $200 cab fare.

    Eugene Riccio, Jennings attorney said that his client stabbed the driver after he became fearful for his safety when the driver began running stop signs. He said that his client accidentally stabbed the driver when the cabbie tried to take the knife away.

    Jennings eventually jumped out of the cab when the driver stopped in front of the Darien Sport Shop near I-95.

    The incident stems from a December 22, 2011 incident but Jennings was arrested on Wednesday.

    The cab driver told police he had driven Jennings from NYC to his $3.6 million home in Darien around midnight in December 2011.

    The driver said after he got to Jennings’ home the banker refused to fork over the $200 cab fare and began insulting him with racial slurs and threatening him.

    After Jennings refused to pay the fare, the cabbie drove around town trying to find a police officer with Jennings in the back seat of his vehicle.

    It is believed that sometime during the ride to locate a police officer the driver put his hand in the cab’s partition and Jennings, who works for Morgan Stanley, stabbed it with a pen knife.

    Jennings, who did not file a police report at the time of the incident, said he was the victim because the cab driver kidnapped him. He also claimed that the cab-driver wanted another $100 over the $200 cab fare.

    Eugene Riccio, Jennings attorney said that his client stabbed the driver after he became fearful for his safety when the driver began running stop signs. He said that his client accidentally stabbed the driver when the cabbie tried to take the knife away.

    Jennings eventually jumped out of the cab when the driver stopped in front of the Darien Sport Shop near I-95.”

    (Thank goodness. A few more blocks and he might have jumped out in Norwalk.)

  15. InfoDiva

    It’s simple. He bought his place in Darien for $3.6 million at the height of the market in 2005 and now he’s seriously underwater, his bonus has been cut drastically, and his burn rate is terrifying, what with three kids in private school and those Stanwich Club dues.

    No wonder he’s a little on edge.

  16. Greenwich Gal

    Good work Delving Eye – it did not sound like a simple drunk executive gone wild. And that is why we have Rudy’s on the family payroll. One time Mr. Greenwich Gal discovered he forgot his passport right before a European flight and one of the Rudy’s crack drivers got it to him in the nick of time.

  17. Anonymous

    Never trust a man with an initial as his first name. Most of them are total tools.

  18. Walt

    GG-
    I plug Rudy’s too. Only car service I ever use. Always reliable and on time. Been using them for years. I also support Beamers.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  19. AJ

    I fault Metro North (formerly know as the New Haven Railroad). They used to run trains all night, then they started shutting down Grand Central at 1:00 AM. They say take public transit, then they shut down public transit. What’s a late night partier to do?

  20. Anonymous

    Well, well, well. I like Rudy’s too..and no – I don’t work there. Nttiawwt.

  21. Taxi Driver

    Walt may be in for a bit of a detour next time he gets in a cab, with an Asian driver, after those racist slurs. He could end up having an accident. Taxi drivers don’t take kindly to racism. You may want to get the train, Walt. You don’t want to get hurt…

    • What’s racist about describing a taxi driver as a native of some third world country? That’s exactly where they’re from and don’t pretend otherwise or you’ll just look stupid.

  22. Stump

    Another vote for Rudy’s here.

  23. Walt

    Taxi Driver –
    I never even mentioned Asians in these posts. Not once. I ruv Asians. I really do. Rong time. I can understand the Brits getting pissed, because I dumped Chris on them. But I apologized for that already. What erse do you want? And Taxi Drivers are the most racist individuals on the planet.
    You should know that Hiram.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  24. Walt, don’t change a hair for us. Not if you care for us. Stay rittre varentine, stay. <3

  25. Greenwich Gal

    To Those of you Freaking out because of Walt’s perceived racism: Really – you just don’t get it. Walt is not a racist because he insults EVERYBODY! He is an equal opportunity offender. And that is why we love him so.

    I also recommend you look up the word SATIRE in the dictionary.

  26. ignatz

    The vultures have circled.

  27. Anonymous

    Understanding satire would require intelligence and truth. Rather there are a lot of pea brains that are obsessed with keeping up the image of stepford perfection. People, the party is over and the pink elephant is in the room. The economy is in trouble and we need better ways to move forward instead we are trapped in our own creations.

  28. jeremy jones

    Have any of you actually taken an NYC cab lately? While it is entirely plausible that W. Bryan Jennings III was a raving drunk that tried to rip off an honest cabbie and then stab him, it is also entirely plausible that an angry, hostile, wealth-hating cab driver tried to rip him off and then tried to use the fact that he had a captive passenger in the back of his moving weapon as the threat to extort W. Bryan Jennings IV for more money. This police filing, and the civil lawsuit for $500k that is surely coming, may just be the result of our “friendly” angry, hostile, wealth-hating cab driver trying to get his piece of the lottery that is our judicial system. Could be either way. The only thing that damns WBJ is the stab wound. (Who carries a knife nowadays?)

  29. I predict a hat trick. The banker gets off. The cabbie goes to prison for kidnapping. Then goes back home.