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And the First-Ever LBW 'Costanza Award' Goes to ... Munich Re Executives!

"Seinfeld," Season 3, episode 12 ("The Red Dot"):

Mr. Lippman: It's come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?
George Costanza: Who said that?
Mr. Lippman: She did.
George Costanza: [pause] Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.
Mr. Lippman: You're fired!
George Costanza: Well, you didn't have to say it like that.

I've dabbled in this area before ("Parents Tattoo Their Kids, Use Costanza Defense: 'Was That Wrong?'"), but some former executives at Munich Re have inspired me to create and give out LBW's first-ever "Costanza Award."

According to an article in Germany's Handelsblatt that I cannot read but which is translated/summarized by Bloomberg, a Munich Re subsidiary named Ergo Versicherungsgruppe hosted a party in 2007 to reward 100 of its top-performing insurance agents. The company brought in 20 prostitutes to the function held at the historic Gellert spa in Budapest in what it now acknowledges was a "clear violation" of company policy.

For those of you who were not at the party, let me tell you what you missed. According to Bloomberg:

Women wore color-coded armbands, the newspaper said, citing unidentified guests, with red for hostesses, yellow for those available for sexual favors and white for women reserved for executives and the very best agents. After each trip to beds set up near the thermal baths, a woman would receive a stamp on her forearm, the paper reported.

The unnamed executives responsible for organizing the party left the company "before the case was known," said a company spokeswoman. It is unclear whether these executives have ever been forced to explain their actions, but given the fact that prostitution is legal in both Hungary and Germany, I feel confident that these executives would have answered any inquiries just as Costanza did: "Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? ..."

As such, the first-ever LBW "Costanza Award" goes to these unnamed "Johan Doe" former executives from Munich Re. Glückwünsche!

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 19, 2011 at 04:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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