For three years, the @GSElevator Twitter account shared comments purportedly overheard in the Goldman Sachs elevator.
The account, which has 627,000 followers, includes tweets such as, "My garbage disposal eats better than 98% of the world" and "The lottery is just a way of taxing poor people who don't know math."
@GSElevator sparked an internal inquiry at Goldman and a ban on talking in elevators.
It turns out the man behind the account doesn't even work for the firm, reports The New York Times.
The tweeter is former bond executive John Lefevre, 34, who lives in Texas and has never worked at Goldman, the Times reports.
Lefevre said he created the account as "a joke to entertain myself," the Times reports.
The account was so popular that Lefevre landed a book deal with Touchstone Publishing. The non-fiction book is tentatively called Straight to Hell: True and Glorious Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion Dollar Deals and is scheduled to be on sale Oct. 28, according to an email from Touchstone.
Twitter users are allowed to create parody accounts, according to Twitter's website. The bio must clearly identify the account as a parody or not affiliated with an organization, Twitter says.
Asked by the Times if he misrepresented himself, Lefevre said, "The stories aren't Goldman Sachs in particular. It was about the culture in general."
"Now that the identity of @GSElevator has been revealed, a Goldman spokesman told the Times that the ban on speaking in elevators was lifted immediately.
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