Donald Fires Stacie J. for Bad Behavior
Maybe not crazy, but after displaying some erratic behavior that rattled her Apex teammates, Stacie J. – actually, Stacie Jones Upchurch, 35, a model and Subway sandwich shop franchisee in New York's Harlem – was fired.
At first, the victim of the ax appeared to be either Apex project manager Elizabeth, who didn't know how to run a tight ship in Trump's eyes, or cost controller Maria, who miscalculated by $5,000 the cost of printing up fliers for the project – to develop a new vanilla mint toothpaste for Crest. Maria's misstep enraged the Donald.
But in rehashing what went wrong, the story arose about how, during a previous task with Mattel, Stacie "acted in a manner that... led us to believe that there could possibly be a second personality to Stacie – literally," said Maria. Elizabeth concurred, prompting Trump to summon all the women of Apex so he could hear their feelings about Stacie.
Jennifer M. admitted that Stacie's outburst left her nervous, while Stacy R. called witnessing Stacie J.'s manner at Mattel "one of the most scary moments of my life."
Telling Stacie J. she was a "loose canon" and a liability, Trump declared: "Stacie, you're fired."
Only Stacie isn't Trump's only liability, according to Friday morning business news reports. Trump, 58, is scrambling to secure refinancing for his troubled Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts after talks with Credit Suisse First Boston collapsed Wednesday night, says The New York Times.
Credit Suisse was being counted upon to inject some $345 million to help dig the properties out of their $1.8 million debt. The Times says Trump must now find new investors.