Being made redundant from your job is often very stressful and it’s nice to have someone with you when going through the process.
Usually that person will be a union rep, a colleague or a lawyer.
But one executive who was being made redundant from New Zealand advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) had a less obvious choice. He asked for an Emotional Support Clown to accompany him into the meeting.
The NZ Herald reports that the clown blew up balloons and twisted them into animal shapes as the meeting progressed.
When the meeting concluded with the official paperwork being handed over to terminate the man’s employment, the Emotional Support Clown mimed crying.
Responding to enquiries about the unusual choice of ‘support animal’ a spokesperson for FCB said that the agency has a policy of not commenting on individual employment matters out of respect for those involved.
They did go on to say, however, that it was one of the strangest stories on which they had ever been asked to provide a comment.
The concept of ‘emotional support animals’ has become major craze in recent years, with pigs, ducks, monkeys and even spiders being brought onto aircraft to soothe the anxiety of nervous flyers.
To make any animal an emotional support animal you just need a letter from a therapist.
Recently unscrupulous websites known as ‘Emotional Support Animal mills’ have sprung up to sell therapists’ letters, as well as hi-viz ‘support animal’ coats and tags to make the whole thing look more official.
Readers are reminded that if they want to take an Emotional Support Clown onto a flight, they’ll probably need a ticket of their own.
And they’ll need to bring their own balloons too.