Friday, April 17, 2009

Come Here, Let Me Strangle You ...

The strangest thing happened to me today. In all my 18 years of working in the advertising industry, I've never experienced what I did this afternoon. I thought I'd see and heard it all and that nothing could surprise me, well I was absolutely wrong on that count.

One of my clients, a financial institution called me this morning to see them for a project that I've been working on for them. It was a simple newsletter, one which I've done for them on three occasions before. I wasn't expecting any problems with it. And I've worked with them on various other projects and have gotten used to the way they work.

So, there I went for my meeting with them. Normally when we do stuff for them, we'll also come up with the concept and layouts for whatever work we do but this time, they decided to try doing the newsletter layouts by themselves. I had no issues with that since I was still charging them conceptualization fees anyway. Makes life easier for my designers.

Anyways, there I was at the meeting with them. There were three other people in total, not including me. Two I've worked with on numerous occasions and one, a completely new fellow. All three were handling this newsletter project. Don't ask me why they need three people to handle one simple newsletter cos I don't know. This is one of those things you can't explain :D

Halfway through the meeting the two guys I worked with before (I'll call them Larry and Curly, the new guy we'll just call Moe) started arguing about the layouts of the newsletter. I didn't pay much heed to their arguments cos they've done this before. It started when I told them I couldn't use the images in their layout and needed the original pictures cos the ones they had were pretty low resolution. Then both Larry and Curly started blaming each other for trying to be smart and design the newsletter themselves and not let us handle it.

Me and Moe just kept quiet and watched them argue. They would probably stop the blaming game soon and then we could start to figure out how to get things done right, I thought. How wrong I was to assume that. Curly slammed the table (almost giving me a heart attack in the process) and screamed at Larry calling him a mother F#@ker! Whoa, I looked at Moe and Moe look at me and were were both dumbfounded.

Not to be out done, Larry in return called Curly something even more vulgar which I shall refrain from mentioning (use your imagination la ... LOL!). Both of them got so heated and so vocal that the rest of the people in the office stopped what they were doing and gawked at them.

And then what happened next shocked me beyond belief! Curly jumped up across the table and went for Larry's throat ... yes, really! I was paralyzed in shock that I couldn't move a muscle. You should have seen the look in Moe's face. He was on the verge of panicking.

When I could finally move, all I did was grab my laptop (hey, some things are more important than stopping a fight, you know ... LOL!) and move aside towards safety from the two grown buffaloes trying to bludgeon each other to death. It's a good thing there were no home theater furniture nearby or they would have used it to whack each other silly!

By this time, some of their colleagues rush to stop the fight and pull the two of them apart. Moe is still glued to his chair in fear and I was still clutching my laptop like it meant the world to me ... LOL! I'm too stunned to do anything but stare at the two still screaming pair as they're led away from each other to cool down.

I really thought I've seen it all, but boy that takes the cake, man. I've seen people fight and argue during meetings but not try to kill each other. I've had numerous fight during meetings with my colleagues but I've never for once wanted to whack anyone silly ... well, there was this creative director that I would have loved to smash his head in though.

After they're led away, I sit back down and look at Moe and he's still hyperventilating in his chair. The meeting resumes with the manager of Larry and Curly taking over and apologizing to me for the ruckus. No worries I told her, I kinda enjoyed it ... LOL! I wonder what happened to the two of them. I must call them on Monday and see if they're both still alive :D God, what a Friday it's been. I've always loved Friday's but today was extra thrilling.

I guess the two of them must have been keeping some pent up anger towards each other, they always couldn't see eye to eye anyway, and it must have reached its boiling point today. But professionally, I think it was absolutely the worse thing to do. Fight like crazed morons in front of everybody. They could have always waited till after work and take it down to the basement and beat each others brains out ... hahaha ... Oh well, that's my excitement for the day and I just wanted to share it with everyone.

Have a great weekend folks. I know I will :D
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40 comments:

  1. wow..an extra ordinary Friday you have Nick! I thought fighting in a meeting can only happen in movie..:)

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  2. Mama Mia - Yeah, so did I. I'm still snickering away recalling the fight ... LOL!

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  3. Waw drama. Interesting day there Nick. I wonder, macam "lover" quarrel ka? XD *rofl. Anyways, you did the right thing, ur lappy is way important XD *giggles. I know I'd do the same thing. But for those people to do such thing in the office is so unprofessional of them and childish @_@ I wonder what happen to. Keep me posted *cough cough XD

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  4. Your working life is so exciting!!

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  5. OMG!!! That is sooooooooooo unprofesional of them..! Next time..give them parang to chop each other..hahhaha!!!!
    But what you did to save your notebook is one smart action to do...!! Hahahaaa...Who cares if the two 'buffaloes' end up in hospital, your works are more important, ya??? LOL!!!!

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  6. wahhhhh....drama hari Jumaat! LOL!

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  7. woooooohh.... that's was awesome. i thought that only happen in movies...

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  8. Hahahahahahah oohhh... that spells pent up anger, alright! LOL! But at least it livened up a possibly boring day! LOL!

    But hell yeah, I'd save my laptop too. Crazy kah.. if they suddenly humban each other on the table and knock my laptop off.. no no no no.. LOL! Or if I had water with me, then I'll throw it at them as well. LOL!

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  9. Wowo! What an office drama you have there. You have a wonderful weekend too. You need the rest after all those drama.

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  10. Hahha..and all you did was move your laptop! Good one by the way while those oh-so-unprofessional goons swipe at each other...hehe.

    Those ppl ought to have behaved themselves...what a poor representation from the financial institution...tsk tsk!

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  11. Maslight - Lovers quarrel ... hahahah ... Maybe la, who knows ... All I know is I had to save my laptop la ... LOL! Don't worry I'll keep you posted on what happens to them cos I'm damn curious as well ...

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  12. Terra Shield - Yeah, it's really exciting. Days and days of boredom followed by a few minutes of pure adrenalin rush ... LOL!

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  13. KadusMama - Hmmm, a parang, good idea la, maybe can come out in the news tomorrow if they had chopped themselves up ... LOL!

    If they had smashed my laptop, I'll be the one smacking them silly ... hahaha ...

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  14. Carol - LOL! Yeah, can masuk drama minggu ini la ...

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  15. Thiassi - Hey there, welcome to Anything Goes! :D

    Yeah, so did I but getting to watch it live was so thrilling, after I got over the initial shock that is ... LOL!

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  16. Shemah - Yeah, that's true, it sure made it a Friday I'll remember for quite some time :D

    If they had hurt my poor laptop, you'd probably see me in the morning news cos I would have 'humban' them out the window la and I was on the 19th floor, that would have hurt ... LOL!

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  17. Rose - Well, to be honest, it was kinda refreshing watching two people go at each other ... LOL! I can't wait to call them on Monday to see what happened after I left ... hehehe ...

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  18. Mei Teng - Yup, no laptop, no blogging. No blogging makes me a grumpy old man, so have to save laptop first ... LOL!

    I suppose they've had it in for each other for quite a while now ...

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  19. Such a great exciting Friday man! I am impressed! Great story too.. hahhahahaha.. i know i can find a great story to end my work week.. hhehehehee

    Real stooges laa.. hhahahahaa I would have saved my laptop too.. and run for dear life with it.. hahahhahahahahaa

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  20. Anny - Oh yes it was Anny. It was one of the best Friday's I had in a long time ... LOL!

    Well, it was more the two stooges cos Moe was sitting there hyper-ventilating away la ... LOL!

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  21. I admire you Nick. If it was me, I would've laughed my ass off!

    Next time, take a video shot with your camera phone la... Hahahaha!!!

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  22. Hahhahhaaa...and they cant even blame PMT!

    This is hilarious :).
    Yes, save the laptop!

    Surely they had some unresolved history? Ones wife likes the other too much?

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  23. Cindy - I was too shocked to laugh la ... All I could think of was to save my laptop ... LOL!

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  24. A Hot Bath, My Diary - Welcome to my blog :D

    Any sane person would have saved their laptop first wouldn't they? LOL!

    I honestly don't know their history but for as long as I can remember, they don't see eye to eye on much thing ...

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  25. OMG that is hilarious!!! I've nvr seen or heard of people fight in the office before. you should have taken out your hp and start filming. oh wait, you were too busy clutching your laptop LOL

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  26. Man that was exciting and hilarious at the same time! Have a great weekend! :o)

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  27. That IS totally INSANE. Him jumping across the table to strangle the other guy is like a scene from a MOVIE! Yikes!

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  28. Samantha - Hilarious and shocking to say the least :D Yeah, how to take pictures while I was hanging on to my laptop for dear life ... LOL!

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  29. Tammy - Yeah, It really was insane, just like something out of a movie ... LOL!

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  30. Meleah - It was. Exactly like something you would see in the movies. I just thought I'd never experience it in real life though.

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  31. Oh my my...that's crazy!! If i were you..i think i would be scared too! LOL!!

    Gila la them...tak sayang kerja is it?

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  32. Emelda - It was an absolute riot la! I suppose they've been keeping it inside for way too long ...

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  33. By any means...save the laptop! hahahaha!

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  34. yikes.. blame it on the shitty global influence...hehehe

    i only know arguments happen more between AEs and designers because hard to see eye to eye but this one by the financial inst. is ridiculous..hehehe

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  35. Perry - That's what I thought too ... LOL!

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  36. Constance - Yeah, it was a first for me too.

    And I've given up arguing with those egotistical designers these days ... LOL!

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  37. WOW! That was some meeting Nick! U always get all these exciting things happening to u eh? He he he! What's in store for ur next client meeting I wonder! :)

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  38. Marzie - LOL! Sometimes I wish my life would be a little more quieter :D They just might slaughter each other with knives or something ... LOL!

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  39. WAHAHAH! Suddenly understand wat ur other newer post was talking about!
    2 guys fighting..hmm..ok..wat next!

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  40. Jen - LOL! It was a first for me la. It was exciting too ...

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