Jim Iannazzo “WHOMST Smoothie MD”

Just saw a report that this big time Merill MD got arrested over tossing a smoothie and yelling at the people at the shop. Anyone know this guy or any other funny stories like this? Big meme of the day haha

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 2:51pm

it was a joke, big analyst 1

  • Associate 1 in VC
Jan 24, 2022 - 10:15am

Lmao "High finance" or not this dude managed a large book. Making MD in wealth mgmt at merill isn't easy by any means…most stop at vp. I'm curious to know what happens with his book, if he keeps it and goes somewhere else or if merill has some clause thing where the clients are passed off.

Jan 25, 2022 - 11:11am
monty09, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lmao "High finance" or not this dude managed a large book. Making MD in wealth mgmt at merill isn't easy by any means…most stop at vp. I'm curious to know what happens with his book, if he keeps it and goes somewhere else or if merill has some clause thing where the clients are passed off.

he will have a non compete but can sell that book and get PAID when we joins a new firm

  • VP in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:25am

then why does he make 10x what you do?

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 24, 2022 - 2:48pm

because he's like 50+ and i'm in college

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Jan 25, 2022 - 10:00am
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

wealth management is high finance and PM's can make multiple millions of dollars per year. 

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Jan 25, 2022 - 10:17am

Private banking is.

PWM are the people steering people into high yield checking accounts. Dude's a glorified bank teller.

the MD title is tantamount to the small shops that give someone a few years out of college MD titles because it sounds fancy to their customers, who probably have an average net worth of ~100k

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 24, 2022 - 11:31am

that shit was fucking hilarious bro how unhinged do you have to be to lose it like that in a tropical smoothie cafe hahaha

Jan 24, 2022 - 11:57am
Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was in the same boat as you, but apparently his son had a nut allergy. Smoothie contained peanut butter and after drinking, his son couldn't breathe, vomited multiple times, and then started convulsing and went unconscious. He was then taken to the hospital via ambulance.

I am not condoning the dad's behavior as it's obvious he was in the wrong, but I think the background info is important.

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 24, 2022 - 12:00pm

You got a link to this info? If anything it supports his lack of critical thinking skills. How were those employees supposed to know that?

Jan 24, 2022 - 12:22pm
CATBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Developed some empathy for him reading into more of the story, but saw reports that he only specified "no peanut butter" and nothing beyond that (no mention of allergies or anything). Assuming the workers still complied but could of used cross-contaminated equipment.  So tbh, he's only got himself to blame for not being more diligent about it, without even considering his absolutely poor display of public conduct. 

"A guy gets on the MTA here in L.A. and dies. Think anybody'll notice?" - Vincent
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Jan 24, 2022 - 5:32pm
WS_Jerry, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He can surely be mad. I know I would be, but you can't be hucking drinks and calling people immigrants. That situation would've ended a lot better for everyone if he took a deep breath and calmly asked to speak with a manager.

I think I did this right

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Jan 25, 2022 - 9:54am
WACC_ing off, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If your son has a severe nut allergy to the point of hospital care if he drinks it, then don't buy him a $5 smoothie from a place where the workers are in high school and on minimum wage. You're asking for it.

  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Cov
Jan 24, 2022 - 12:30pm

Guy was out of his mind and clearly wrong despite his son's allergy.  The age of the internet and tik tok is funny though.  I worked fast food for a few years before and during college and stuff similar to this but not quite as extreme happen literally frequently.  Examples: customer cussing us out and swatting an order off the counter; gang member threatening me and asking what time I got off work for staring at him from across the room (I wasn't even looking at him), customer jumping on the counter that we used for food, customers jumping on the dining room tables, fights, etc.

None of this made the news.

  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Cov
Jan 24, 2022 - 12:41pm

Yep Im kinda with you.  If we argued with a customer like that for any reason we would've been fired on the spot.  Again, the guy was wrong for throwing things but that situation could've (and would've been at my place) deescalated really quickly by giving him a huge apology and notifying the general manager and their boss so that they could personally reach out to the guy and apologize.  

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Jan 24, 2022 - 12:43pm
capex fairy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

He asked for "no peanut butter," which doesn't mean peanut allergy. Peanut allergy calls for a completely different set of preparation steps, including cleaning out the blender and the blades for cross-contamination. The workers probably didn't put in peanut butter but (rightfully) did not assume that he meant the drinker had a peanut allergy. 

The dude just assumed "no peanut butter" would communicate a peanut allergy, which it absolutely does not. This is completely on him for not properly communicating his son's allergy and if his kid died, it would have 100% been his fault. 

  • Associate 1 in VC
Jan 24, 2022 - 12:44pm

Yeah dude Social media just ruins everything no breaks for anyone. The industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for Merill Lynch MDs.

  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 24, 2022 - 1:00pm

yeah man youre so right, my right to belittle smoothie shop workers and call them fucking immigrants is soooooooo diminished cuz of social media, might as well just kill myself now

  • Investment Analyst in IA
Jan 24, 2022 - 3:45pm

If your son has a severe peanut allergy I don't think a smoothie franchise/chain place staffed by minimum wage workers is the place to go. I'm assuming like a quarter of their smoothies have peanut butter in it and everything is definitely cross contaminated. 

Jan 24, 2022 - 10:05pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm not sure if you can plan that. There are plenty of outdoor places where this or similar tier restaurants would be the only option. 


Jan 25, 2022 - 5:21am
WB97, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not having a smoothie is also an option

Jan 24, 2022 - 5:25pm
Angus Macgyver, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Being pissed at someone poisons your kid, even by accident? Perfectly understandable.

Going on an expletive-laden tirade against them, when they're quite possibly actually some high school kid? Little bit crude, but okay, whatever.

Throwing the smoothie at the worker and calling them "a fucking immigrant loser"? What the fuck?

Jan 24, 2022 - 9:51pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah I agree with you that the "immigrant loser" and throwing the smoothie part was really bizarre and was probably why he got fired. I disagree with other users that he's in the wrong for anything else - there's a pretty compelling argument that the workers should have known "no peanut butter" has to do with allergies and not some aesthetic reason. At least that's the common sense interpretation.   


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Jan 25, 2022 - 5:40am
Bruvver, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mate just stop please. Not only did you read the article that describes what happened and (purposely or not) ignored the 3 or 4 clear references that indicate the guy drove back to the place, hours later, to confront the kids, but also in your (incorrect) version of the story it would have been okay for the guy to leave his wife with the kid waiting for the ambulance to arrive (which would've been the only free time for him to do it) to go yell at the kids instead of doing anything else like, I don't know, wait with his son for the fucking ambulance to arrive, maybe.

Again, just stop, it's embarrassing. There is no angle in which this is an appropriate response, it's very telling of an individual with absolutely no emotional intelligence and probably good riddance for everyone who had to deal with him on a daily basis.

Jan 24, 2022 - 5:32pm
ThiccPik, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The guy literally took out his own dumbass mistake on a 16 year old girl. Threw a smoothie at her and called her a "fucking immigrant". Sounds about right for someone whose job is to charge 1% to take car salesmen golfing and recommend index funds. 


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Jan 24, 2022 - 8:13pm
EBITDaddies, what's your opinion? Comment below:

ML PWM MD was in the right. Imagine cancelling someone (allowing him to move his book to another shop) just because your "woke culture" can't handle some black teens being called "immigrants".

His son's life was at stake. What fucking black teen decided to put peanut butter in a smoothie?

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  • Prospect in PE - Growth
Jan 24, 2022 - 9:12pm

Can't believe I almost got triggered by BBH's 48th alt account ... close call 

Jan 24, 2022 - 9:53pm
IncomingIBDreject, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I mean that's literally the reason he got fired. Because he called her an immigrant right after throwing the smoothie at her. The rest of the tirade is justifiable given the circumstances he was in. I mean he wasn't sure if his kid was going to die. 


  • Associate 1 in VC
Jan 24, 2022 - 10:09pm


First video that came to my mind when you said this

Jan 24, 2022 - 10:41pm
spawn, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"I'm not a racist person" just after saying something racist = still makes you a racist person.

Context over his son's allergy is irrelevant.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Jan 25, 2022 - 2:18am

Not a bad idea. You sound like you'd be a better parent behind bars tbh

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A
Jan 25, 2022 - 8:26am

Honestly, this guy had a pretty big job. It's hard to build AUM in wealth management and he was easily clearing $1M a year with $500M of assets. 

Jan 25, 2022 - 8:41am
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