"Sorry." It's a simple word that can get a lot of attention. When it comes to mea culpas, the bigger they are, the brighter the media spotlight around the apology. If you think you ever messed up big in 2015, take a look at some of the sorriest people of the past year, and you might feel a little better about yourself.
Back in September, after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered software in Volkswagen cars that could improve results during performance checks, the German car manufacturer admitted to cheating on emissions tests through a "defeat device" in diesel engines on some VW, Audi and Porsche models. The auto manufacturer has had to recall millions of its cars, including some 500,000 in the United States, and will be shelling out billions to cover the costs of recalls and settlements.
In a video statement released in German
, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winkerhorn apologized for the deception. Later that month, he resigned, taking responsibility for the scandal.
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