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Opinion

Just the job

Investment banking has long been a demanding profession. Bankers have been accustomed to always-on cell phones, the ubiquitous BlackBerry and late-night meetings. Spare a thought, however, for one banker caught between a call from the boss and a call of nature.

 

Caught short at the very moment he was due to participate in an important conference call, the conscientious banker installed himself in a cubicle in the firm’s palatial facilities to await the call while attending to equally pressing matters.

According to an insider, the conference proceeded without a hitch until the senior banker on the call began to notice very heavy breathing over the speakerphone. His train of thought disturbed, the boss irritably pressed to know the source of the interruption. Imagine his surprise when he learnt that the culprit was in fact the remains of a stubborn meal just passing through.

Quite how the conference call proceeded after such a revelation is unclear. But in investment banking circles, it brings a new meaning to the term always on the job.

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