When team bonding goes wrong.
eFinancialCareers reports that senior managers in BNP Paribas’ London fixed income business have apologized to staff after a dinner intended to lift their spirits deteriorated into a display of pole dancing.
The dinner, which reportedly took place in mid-September at a London art gallery is said to have began pleasantly enough with a string quartet and free flowing champagne. During the dessert, however, attendees report that a woman in a tutu appeared on stage. This tutu was whipped off and the woman, clad only in a ‘scanty leotard,’ began to gyrate around a pole seemingly put there for that purpose.
'She showed her crotch and bottom and stuck out her boobs and gyrated her body up and down', says one attendee. 'It was very tacky and the audience was very shocked and sat there in complete silence'.
The dinner preceded an offsite organized for BNP Paribas’ 50 most important fixed income staff, several of whom are women. 'It has been a tough year in banking – the idea was to energize everyone and to treat them for their hard work', said the attendee.
A BNP Paribas spokesperson declined to comment.
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