The man was wearing a Bucky Badger hat and hiding a plastic Star Wars toy gun in his pocket when he handed the teller at the Summit Credit Union a note. The note demanded $500 and said that he would shoot anyone who tried to follow him to his car. Randall H. Hubatch, 49, of Madison didn’t actually have a car or a gun–not a real one, anyway. What he did have was a six-figure student loan debt and a sense of desperation.
Bucky Badger is the mascot of the University of Wisconsin, and Hubatch works for the university as a custodian on its Madison campus. He’s not a student anymore, just another guy with a bachelor’s degree in English, a law degree…and the crippling debt that goes with those. He is also “slightly autistic” and a diabetic who can no longer afford his medication.