"An RBS insider claims the disgraced former chief executive squandered vast sums empire-building and indulging his personal tastes as the bank ran up huge losses. The well-placed source has told how the bank allegedly: - Redecorated the lobby outside Goodwinâs office with wallpaper costing Â£1,000 a roll because someone had made a tiny stain on one surface. - Spent Â£5.3m lavishly refurbishing a grade A listed building â styled âSir Fredâs Pleasure Domeâ by staff â that was barely used. - Paid out Â£100,000 a month on part-time chauffeurs. - Flew fruit in daily from Paris and upbraided staff about ârogue biscuitsâ when pink wafers were included with other boardroom snacks. - Twice changed Â£100-a-square yard carpeting in two vast boardrooms because Goodwin âdidnât like the shade of amberâ. "During dinner functions, the source claims, an engineer was kept on standby late into the night solely to switch off the fire alarms when executives wanted to smoke. No expense was spared when it came to hospitality, using suppliers hundreds of miles away and ferrying staff long distances when personnel were available locally. Some 300 hospitality staff, including chefs and sous chefs, were allegedly available to cater for Goodwin and his closest colleagues in Edinburgh alone. âThe fruit was flown in [to Edinburgh] on a daily basis from Paris for a long period. Frank Yorke, (Yorkes Butchers), being a friend of Sir Fredâs, supplied all the meat. They are based in Dundee â can you imagine the distribution costs? And they could charge what they liked.â Staff lived in terror of invoking the wrath of Goodwin and his colleagues. On one occasion, catering staff were sent an e-mail from senior managers warning that incorrect presentation of tea and biscuits was a disciplinary offence. Headed âRogue Biscuitsâ, it railed about the mistaken inclusion of pink wafers in a biscuit selection for executivesâ afternoon tea. A worker who toppled off a ladder while cleaning windows in Goodwinâs office, breaking a small model aeroplane as he fell, received little sympathy from RBS high command. Despite his having written a note of apology to Goodwin, staff simply âwent into panic modeâ over how to fix the toy. The whistleblower told how RBSâs top chefs were sent on a 250-mile round trip from Edinburgh to Aberdeen simply to provide âstovies and piesâ for executives after an international rugby match, while Goodwinâs attitude towards his own travel plans is also seen in a fresh light. When flying into Edinburgh airport in his private Falcon 900EX jet â which had the personalised registration RBSG (Royal Bank of Scotland Goodwin) â he âdidnât want to walk farâ so allegedly ordered the bank to buy four executive car parking spaces nearby. A spokesman said Goodwin could not comment because of a confidentiality agreement. The whistleblower also claims that 24-hour manned security was ordered at Goodwinâs Â£3m Edinburgh home at the bankâs expense after children broke into his garden and played on the swings while he was on holiday" http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article5950461.ece Classic case of CEO out of control.