Chris Roemmer – Cheat, Thief, and Worse!
Those of us who have launched this site, have been maligned by Chris Roemmer. In our opinion, he is to be more pitied than scorned, however, his behavior and actions have been the direct cause of unpaid loans, lost business relationships and lost monies due to various circumstances which are outlined below. This site was created in the hopes of “paying it forward” as a means to “warn” potential employers, associates, friends, landlords, organizations, etc. that although this individual does not have a known criminal record, words used to describe him have been: Liar, Thief and Cheat. The content on this site is based on the personal and professional experience of individuals who have had the misfortune of being a victim of Chris Roemmer’s long-standing unscrupulousness.
Chris Roemmer: “Work? Why? I Have My Mommy & Daddy.”
One could only guess why Chris Roemmer doesn’t seem too bothered with being let go by his employers. For those of us who know Chris, there is a very plausible explanation: His family “subsidizes” him. He said so himself. I guess some 30 year old men don’t have much need for dignity, but if your parents are willing to write checks and deposit money in your bank account, why should you be concerned with holding a job? Certainly can appreciate that some people who have never had to worry about money have trouble with appreciating it. Point here is one might imagine that if you were terminated from your employer, it would be devastating, but for Chris Roemmer, perhaps not so much. Which may shed some light on why we have…
Chris Roemmer: “Can you spot me $10? I never carry cash.”
Whether he wants to buy a Coke and a hot dog from the beer girl on the golf course, or he may need train fare home on the Chicago “El.” Like clockwork, Chris will always ask to borrow a few dollars, but don’t ever expect him to pay you back because, you know, he doesn’t carry cash. I asked him why he didn’t have any cash and his response was always: “I don’t carry cash because I pay for everything with credit cards. It’s about the miles, dude.” You see, Chris likes to travel around the world so he needs those miles. Which brings me to…
Chris Roemmer: Stealing From Your Company to Support His Lifestyle as “World Traveller Wannabe”
Chris idolizes George Clooney’s character in “Up In the Air.” To him, it’s all about earning frequent flyer miles. He would abuse his expense account and at one former employer, he would tell his bosses he had business in various cities, so he could book air travel, earn miles and status and then anything, other than work. Chris brags to his friends that he would fly out to play a game of golf or to go drinking. And he would rent the best rental cars. SUV with leather-interior, GPS…no cost was too high (as long as the company was paying for it). And hotels…Chris only stays at the best. The Hyatt Beaver Creek among them. And when work calls, he will tell them he was on sales calls and tell tall tales of how successful they were. Truth is, no one ever wanted to work with Chris, take him on sales calls, because he was referred to as “the empty suit.” But, to Chris, doing a good job is something he isn’t preoccupied with, rather, living his dream as a jetsetter takes precedence.
Chris Roemmer: “Can I Be Your Friend?”
Poor Chris. Sometimes he may need a loan from you (see “Can You Spot Me…” section), but promises, “I swear, I will get it back to you next week.” So, a few weeks go by and he tells one friend “Well, I have the money, but I put it in a CD and I can’t pay you for 2 months.” You may need to read that again, and what’s more, it’s true. Then, a couple months go by, and he calls, texts, emails, IM’s, even a call to Chris’ father, begging to get his loan paid back. Then, he finds Chris has disconnected his phone, blocked you from Facebook and the good friend is out almost $1000, all for trying to be a good friend to a guy in need. Another friend of Chris’ was moving and Chris asked if he could take over the lease on his high rise apartment. The friend thought this a great idea, especially since he could leave his unit furnished (Chris didn’t have much furniture of his own apparently) and save on storage costs AND not have to pay penalties for breaking his lease early. So, an arrangement is made and while the friend still has the lease in his name, Chris agrees to take over the payments. What happens is this: Chris doesn’t make any payments and the property management company makes some calls and issues threats. The friend contacts Chris and Chris gives his standard “Sorry, dude. I will get that paid today.” Today turns into tomorrow and tomorrow becomes next week and so on. Pretty soon, the friend can’t reach Chris, so the friend decides to come into town and get the matter sorted, and get Chris out of his unit. The friend shows up and guess what he finds? Nothing. And when I say “nothing,” I mean an empty condo. Chris? Gone. Furniture? Gone.
Chris Roemmer: Golf Cheat
It has been said that a person who cheats at golf, only cheats himself. I met Chris on the golf course, through some acqaintances of his (apparently) and immediately made the decision to never play him for money. Chris played very poorly, and yet, he turned in a score of 82, despite losing a number of balls (which result in penalty strokes) and playing shots from “out of bounds.” The next time I was invited to play, he was in our group. We all agreed he was a suspicious golfer, so we decided to keep our own score for Chris to see if this was going to be a regular occurence. Sure enough, Chris submitted a score of 80, and we had him at 94. It became a source of entertainment for us, to see how generous he would be each time we played. Not once did he turn in a score reflective of how he played. And yet, we would listen to him brag about how good he was. But I believe he honestly believed his own lies. Moral of the story: Don’t play golf for money with Chris Roemmer.
Chris Roemmer: Lucky S.O.B
By now you are probably asking yourself, “Does Chris have a criminal record?” or “Who would hire Chris?” or even “How has Chris not been caught?” All great questions, but the answer is the same for all of the above: Chris Roemmer is lucky. Pure and simple. Chris has been dismissed from most, if not all, of his former employers, most in the travel industry for similiar reasons, and luckily for him, it appears NOT ONE pursued any legal action against him (save one allegedly, which was settled out of court).
Here’s the breakdown of alleged reasons why Chris Roemmer is having trouble keeping a job:
Employer 1: Airline
Chris was allegedly separated from his employer for abusing his travel passes (saying he was working when he was really in another part of the country having a good time) and selling free tickets to customers under the table. He would pocket the cash, and the client would get a great deal on a normally expensive ticket. This all according to those of us who worked closely with him at this company.
Employer 2: Airline
Chris was allegely separated from his employer for a couple of reasons: 1) Abusing his expense account (sound familiar?) as well as 2) The company received feedback that Chris was not present for client visits, when Chris claimed he was, plus 3) Chris was at an industry trade show in the Summer of 2008. Everyone was there: Clients, partners, even his Boss. But that didn’t stop Chris from having a few drinks and then jumping in the pool, in his suit and tie, in front of everyone. According to those of us who were there, the looks on spectators faces was priceless. It wasn’t long after this episode that Chris was separated from this employer.
Employer 3: Travel Agency
Chris, having the snappy title of “Director of Business Development,” was separated from his employer, who apparently grew wearly of the fact that Chris hadn’t delivered any business whatsoever. Given his reputation as a jetsetter and aspiring pro golfer, it isn’t hard to believe he managed to accommodate any of his schedule for work.
Employer 4: Consulting Firm
Chris was a partner in a start up, and we heard he was allegedly separated from the company for abusing company funds (charging for hotels, trips, bars, taxis just to name a few) expecting the company to pick up the tab. It’s a familiar story at this point, to those of us who have met and know Chris. Also, having the title of “Managing Partner” apparently wasn’t big enough for Chris so he told everyone he was the “Chief Operating Officer.” After all, there were only 3 people in the company. Anyways, it appears this company couldn’t afford Chris and his lifestyle.
Employer 5: Travel Agency
Currently employed…but for how long? Bets, anyone?
Mooch. Golf cheat. Expense account abuser. Liar. Thief. All words that could describe Chris Roemmer.
Look out. He may knock on your door looking for a job, or maybe just to borrow a few bucks!
A very concerned fellow citizen!