What were they thinking? Mock beheading backfires as team-building tactic

There are certain things that will never, ever mix well like oil and water or corporate team-building activities and ISIS execution reenactments. But that didn’t stop these finance employees from trying the latter.  

As reported by The Sun, six HSBC employees were fired for a video they released during an apparent team-building exercise. The video shows five of the workers pretending to be members of ISIS and “beheading” a sixth worker, who played the role of hostage and worn an orange jumpsuit like many of the victims in actual ISIS executions.

In the video, which was posted on Instagram and later taken down, the ISIS-impersonating employees donned jumpsuits and balaclavas and used a coat hanger as a knife-substitute.

During the video, the hostage kneels down to be “executed” while one executioner/banker yells out “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great.”

Other victims of social-media stupidity

As you can imagine, HSBC didn’t find the bankers’ idea of team-building amusing and a company spokesman told The Sun (Note: British spelling in the quote):

We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour. As soon as The Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved. This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused.

Of course, the HSBC bankers are hardly unique. There are scores of workers who lost their jobs due to poor social-media decisions. Rolling Stone offers a brief history of the most memorable firings in recent memory, which include Paula Deen, that Taco Bell employee who got caught urinating  on food and a paramedic who took selfies with corpses.

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