Why would a German company have a party for its top salesmen in Budapest, Hungary? Could it be because prostitution is legal in Hungary? Hmmm. As reported by the BBC:
Munich Re is the world’s biggest re-insurer – in other words, the company acts as an insurance company for other insurance companies. One of its divisions, Ergo, told the BBC that the party had taken place to reward salesmen in 2007.
The gathering was held at a thermal baths in the Hungarian capital Budapest as a reward to particularly successful salesmen.
Oh, and you might not want to bring your wives …
There were about 100 guests and 20 prostitutes were hired.
A German business newspaper said the prostitutes had worn colour-coded arm-bands designating their availability, and the women had their arms stamped after each service rendered.
Wonder what those stamps look like …
According to [the newspaper] Handelsblatt, quoting an unnamed participant, guests were able to take the women to four-poster beds at the spa “and do whatever they liked”.
“There were also women with white wrist bands. They were reserved for board members and the very best sales reps.”
What did the company have to say about the party?
A spokesman for Ergo told the BBC that the party had happened, but said it was not the usual way of rewarding their employees.
This will not help in recruiting salesmen. Perhaps “no comment” would have been better … Here’s the source.