• Germany's news in English
 

Budapest sales rep sex party cost €83,000

Published: 22 May 2011 13:26 GMT+02:00

Ergo now owns Hamburg Mannheimer, the company which organised the party in the historical Gellert thermal baths in Budapest. The ‘incentive’ trip for the most successful sales reps has come back to haunt the company after two participants broke the story last Thursday.

Oletzky told news magazine Der Spiegel that the orgy was part of a three-day trip, though he was unwilling to go into more detail, "as we are still investigating what happened."

He called the event "a grave mistake" and said it was "a gross breach" of company rules.

Ergo is also considering whether to sue the organisers of the event, and Oletzky explained the company is speaking to a number of different participants. "The accounts about the events vary a lot," he said. "It will be very difficult to reconstruct who did what on this trip."

Oletzky admitted that many freelance salesmen who took part in the trip still work for Ergo, but he said that participation was not enough reason to fire them.

"You can condemn it morally," he said. "But the really grave offence is that those responsible from our company organised it." Those people apparently no longer work for Ergo.

Oletzky said the scandal was "extremely embarrassing" for the firm.

One participant told the Handelsblatt newspaper last week that four-poster beds were set up on either sides of the thermal baths. “Anyone could go to one of the beds with one of the ladies and do what he wanted. The ladies were marked with stamps on their forearms after each such meeting. So it was recorded how often each lady frequented.”

“The ladies wore red and yellow wrist bands. One group were there as hostesses, and the others were to fulfill any and every desire,” he added. “There were also ladies with white wrist bands. They were reserved for the board and the very best salesmen.”

The Local/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

15:45 May 22, 2011 by FIUMAN
Three comments:

1, It looks like the grand German tradition of treating people like objects continues in the scumbags who thought this sort of conduct would be acceptable. So what DID German industry learn from the Shoah?

2, Missing from this article and the previous one is the accounting that inevitably was ordered to be done by this company. Exactly how much more productive were the sales reps AFTER the party. We all know the company produced a cost-benefit analysis that indicates increased productivity (or not) as a result of this "reward". I suspect this story only emerged because their statistical data indicated less productivity in the year following the party than they anticipated it would create.

3, It is amazing how cheap you can fund a party of old slags in Eastern Europe. I'm assuming the 83,000 Euro price included rental of the facility, booze, vittles, smokes, perhaps a few light drugs,hotel rooms/travel expenses to Budapest and of course the slags. The only thing worse than spending corporate funds on whores is spending it on cheap whores.
20:53 May 22, 2011 by William Thirteen
not sure why one needs to drag in references to the Shoah here. and while it is obvious that this party was in very poor taste and against company policy, prostitution is legal in Hungary and so referring to the prostitutes hired for the event as 'cheap whores' rather than 'businesswomen' betrays a certain bias...
01:06 May 23, 2011 by jmclewis
There were facilities, worker's and yes whores in Germany that could have got the money instead of Hungary.

It is good they did not do in the USA are whores are to expensive and ugly!
02:33 May 23, 2011 by fuz
@FIUMAN:

concerning your point (1):

how much more can the holocaust be exploited for the most random deeds? "Wanna bash Germans? Irrelevantly mention the holocaust!". The fact that this way you actually trivialize killing people, Jews, Russians, social democrats, gays, handicapped, roma and sinti and whoever else was murdered by Nazis, probably evades your thinking. Now, I don't agree with sending sales reps on sex orgies in Hungary as a reward for performing well, but drawing an analogy to genocide? Seriously? And while it's morally questionable - I would be interested in which way you have compared Blackwater, Monsanto, Bayer, Nestlé, Kraft foods, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Daimler (oh wait,those are Germans, maybe they fired some employee - holocaust alert!) to Nazi Germany.
13:35 May 24, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
@FIUMAN

You're a massively offensive person.
12:35 May 25, 2011 by Gretl
William13 - Business women is a stretch; prostitution is normally a job of last resort; girls certainly don't dream of growing up to be a sperm dumpster. In Nevada, where prostitution is legal, the term is sex worker.
13:17 August 30, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I wouldn't spend my time slagging off the women or for that matter male prostitutes. I would slag off the reps who took up the bonus without question. What kind of job pays you in such a way and what type of people do such a job? They are still working for this company. OK, it is not illegal what they did but they should ask themselves a few questions about what they are doing with themselves. Personally I would prefer a cash bonus to spend on a holiday in the sun with my girlfriend. Maybe I am not the type of person this company would hire.
Today's headlines
Seven lives claimed by Storm Niklas
Photo: DPA

Seven lives claimed by Storm Niklas

Germany woke up on Wednesday morning to the chaos which hurricane-strength winds brought to the country for much of Tuesday, killing seven people and causing major damage to travel infrastructure. READ  

Kaiser to rule again from Berlin
The Berliner Stadtschloss (city palace) in 1904. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Kaiser to rule again from Berlin

In a shock decision, the German government announced on Wednesday that it had asked civil servants to re-draft the constitution to restore the monarchy. READ  

Post, Amazon face Easter strikes
Photo: DPA

Post, Amazon face Easter strikes

The trade union Verdi has announced strikes for Wednesday at the Deutsche Post (German Post) and Amazon, meaning that Easter cards and packages might not arrive on time. READ  

Arsonists hit pro-refugee art project
The burnt ruins of the art project. Photo: DPA

Arsonists hit pro-refugee art project

An art installation dedicated to refugees was burnt down in Berlin early on Tuesday, with police suspecting it to be an arson attack. READ  

Hurricane Niklas
Storm Niklas kills at least three, stops trains
This train in Lower Saxony had to stop after striking a fallen tree. Photo: DPA

Storm Niklas kills at least three, stops trains

Hurricane “Niklas” has reportedly claimed three victims, while trains have been cancelled across Germany as the storm rages. READ  

Stuttgart worst city for traffic jams
Photo: DPA

Stuttgart worst city for traffic jams

GPS company TomTom released data on Tuesday showing which cities have the worst traffic problems. The conclusion: Stuttgart is Germany's worst city for commuters. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Lufthansa cancels 60th jubilee celebration
Photo: DPA

Lufthansa cancels 60th jubilee celebration

Germany's national airline Lufthansa announced on Tuesday that it would cancel celebrations for the 60th anniversary of its founding in 1955. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Doctors warn against snap crash reaction

Doctors warn against snap crash reaction

The president of Germany's Council of Psychotherapists said on Tuesday that there was no reason why the country should loosen its rules on doctor-patient confidentiality in the wake of the Germanwings crash. READ  

Merkel urges Germans: Give Greece a chance
Chancellor Merkel speaking in Helsinki. Photo: DPA

Merkel urges Germans: Give Greece a chance

On a visit to Helsinki on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel showed a patient side to the German government as the Eurozone continues to wait for a new list of economic reforms from Greece. READ  

Unemployment at new post-unification low
Photo: DPA

Unemployment at new post-unification low

German unemployment fell in March to the lowest level since the country reunited in 1990 as growth in Europe's biggest economy continues to pick up, official data showed on Tuesday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
10 things you didn’t know about Zagreb (and why you should go)
Can the 'nightmare' of a pilot downing a plane be prevented?
National
LIVE: Co-pilot suspected of crashing plane
Sponsored Article
What expat parents should ask before choosing a school
Pupils mourn lost classmates
National
Freed after 25 years on death row
National
Cologne Cathedral returns from space
Features
Paddy's Day, Berlin style
Is your workload 'out of control'? You're not alone...
National
Why east Germans are happy to get it on on camera
National
What would you do with a 250-year-old pretzel?
Features
Just why is the German flag Schwarz, Rot, Gold?
Business & Money
Getting German workers and bosses thinking positive
National
Uplifting thoughts to get you through the last week of winter
National
Who wants the Olympics more - Hamburg or Berlin?
National
Last-minute drama of Germany's Eurovision 2015 entry
National
German photographer takes world's top prize
Features
Meet the woman getting Germans to drink more – and better – beer
Gallery
Get inspired for International Women's Day with German heroes
Sponsored Article
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Germany
Green party proposes first-ever cannabis legalization plan
Gallery
In pictures: Germany's seven most livable cities
National
Singapore canes Germans for train graffiti
Politics
Surprise! Germans love feeling like they run the EU
Politics
Anger over plan to show women what men earn
Travel
Munich tram fans bicker over new bell
Features
Kafka: puzzling translators 100 years on
Business & Money
France or Germany: Which country really is the best country to work in?
Photo: Police
Rhineland
Student driver crashes tank into family garden.
Photo: DPA
Politics
There was a notable absence at the Anti-Semitism Commission
National
How Dresden bombing still divides Germany, 70 years on
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Take a cute break with this gallery of baby animals
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
All you ever needed to know about Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,999
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd