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Budapest sales rep sex party cost €83,000

The Local · 22 May 2011, 13:26

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.”

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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.
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