It's tough being a banker these days.
OK, so bonuses are still being paid, and the job market remains relatively strong, but firms are so concerned over how they are perceived by the public in these difficult days following the financial crisis, that any employee slip-up at work (or even on your own time) is now likely to result in sacking.
Drink, drugs, spats at work, making lewd or politically incorrect comments, rowdy behaviour or inappropriate gestures are all likely to get you canned - and usually it's now the case of one strike and you're out - the name of the game these days is zero tolerance.
And, according to The Daily Mirror, the latest 'victim' of this zero tolerance policy appears to be that Deutsche Bank employee who was suspended last week after pictures emerged of him taunting National Health Service (NHS) job-cut protesters with a £10 note, when they marched passed the bank's London Wall City HQ building earlier this month. The trader, said to be a 35-year-old Frenchman, is now thought to have now been fired by the bank, after it emerged that all Deutsche staff had recently been warned over how they behaved in public given the public's anger over banker bonuses.
51.2% of those who responded in our recent poll said that they felt the trader should be slapped on the wrist for his actions, but not fired. The opportunity for redemption, however, appears to be a thing of the past.