The mascot’s appearance was intended to raise awareness of forced arbitration.
Rich Uncle Pennybags apparently likes to spend his free time at Senate hearings.
A person dressed up like the iconic monocled Monopoly mascot was seen sitting in the audience during the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Equifax data breach on Wednesday.
Amid former Equifax CEO Richard Smith’s testimony, many photos with the mysterious Rich Uncle Pennybags in the background cropped up on social media.
The mascot’s appearance was the work of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy organization that identifies itself as standing up to “corporate power” and holding the government accountable. They took credit for Pennybags’ appearance and tweeted that the intention behind the mascot’s presence was to say that “forced arbitration gives Equifax a monopoly over our justice system.”