Thanks, Captain Obvious: Hooker Incentive Programs

Today, in File Under “No Shit Sherlock,” via Bloomberg:

“A Munich Re unit hosted about 20 prostitutes at a Budapest party to reward the insurer’s high- performing agents, a spokesman said.”

*furrowing eyebrows*…  Really?

“The incident in June 2007 was a “clear violation” of company policy, said Alexander Becker , a spokesman for the Ergo Versicherungsgruppe subsidiary, in a telephone interview yesterday.”

That’s the “No Shit Sherlock” statement of the day.  Just imagine if it wasn’t a clear violation of company policy – like, maybe there was a grey area where they weren’t sure if they’d crossed the line?  But it get’s ickier:

“Ergo hosted the party for about 100 guests at the historic Gellert spa, Handelsblatt reported earlier. 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 top agents. After each trip to beds set up near the thermal baths, a woman would receive a stamp on her forearm, the paper reported.”

I remember about 8 years ago I used to get stamps from Subway to put on a little card every time I ordered a sub.  I had a similar card from Burritoville.  This is a totally different kind of, how do I put it, “receipt for services rendered”?  I’m cringing just thinking about the guy going upstairs with the woman who already has 4 stamps on her arm.

“Ergo and other insurers typically sell products such as life, car and health coverage through so-called tied agents, independent brokers or other channels to customers. Such incentive trips for especially successful salespeople “definitely don’t usually proceed the way it’s described” in the German newspaper’s report, Becker said. He declined to comment on the details of the party.”

Oh – now it all makes sense – it was an INCENTIVE program – what insurance salesman wouldn’t be motivated by the incentive of being able to rendezvous with a hooker that a handful off his colleagues had already “been upstairs” with?  (/sarcasm!)

-KD

ps – Mrs. Dynamite says “I don’t think your readers appreciate stories like this, you get many more comments when you write about “real” stuff.”   So, my readers, is she right?

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