New Zealand: Man brings clown to redundancy assembly

Josh and Joe the Clown

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Josh Thompson

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The clown made animal balloons throughout the assembly


When copy author Josh Thompson acquired an ominous e mail from his bosses asking to debate his position on the firm, he knew he was going through redundancy.

The human assets division at FCB New Zealand inspired him to convey a “help particular person” to assist cushion the blow, an possibility that’s legally required in New Zealand.


However quite than convey a member of the family, a good friend or perhaps a pet, the part-time slapstick comedian determined to splash out NZ$200 (£100) on a clown known as “Joe”.

“I used to be working – as a result of I had a job again then – and I bought an e mail and the e-mail stated: ‘Hello Josh we would like to fulfill with you to debate some issues with reference to your position,'” he informed the BBC from Australia, the place he has been “taking advantage of not having a job”.

“Principally I sensed that this was going to be a redundancy … so I believed I would as nicely attempt to make one of the best out of this example,” he added.

Is it throughout for non-creepy clowns?

“Joe” accompanied Josh for the redundancy assembly, the place the clown made balloon animals, though he needed to be informed to cease a number of instances because it was tough to listen to above the screeching of plastic.

“Boy, oh, boy, are they noisy,” Josh stated.

When Josh was lastly delivered the hammer blow that he was to lose his job, the clown reacted accordingly.

“He nodded his head alongside after I acquired the dangerous information as if he was additionally receiving the dangerous information,” Josh stated.

“Professionalism at its most interesting, actually.”

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Josh Thompson

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Josh stated he’d suggest hiring a clown if going through redundancy

Josh stated he’d extremely suggest hiring a clown as help for any suspected redundancy assembly.

“In case you’ve bought household, associates, step mums, step dads, step children, convey them by all means,” he stated.

“But when there is a clown obtainable, particularly Joe, I might positively suggest it.”