Office sex romp under investigation Updated
Monday 2 Feb 2015 12:09 p.m.
Two people's jobs are on the line after being recorded having a late night sexual encounter inside their Christchurch office, right in front of a busy bar full of people.
The lights were on as the clothes came off at insurance company Marsh Ltd's offices, and the photos and videos have gone viral.
It was dark outside, but unfortunately for the two that made for even clearer viewing inside the still well-lit first-floor office.
The glass building is directly across the road from one of Christchurch's busiest pubs, the Carlton, and at midnight on Friday Alex Wilton took photos as pub patrons looked on.
"Everyone knew about it," says Mr Wilton. "The band that was playing at the time stopped because everyone else was more interested in watching them, and they finished up and had some wine. We all had a good laugh. It was the highlight of the night."
It's not so funny for the two caught in the act. They both work for insurance brokers Marsh Ltd, who said in a statement: "Marsh is very disappointed by the conduct of two colleagues at our Christchurch premises. The inappropriate actions of these two individuals are not representative of the many professional colleagues that we have at Marsh."
Employment lawyer Kathyrn Dalziel says while the two people involved may be reprimanded, she doesn't believe the incident will bring down the company's name.
"As an employer I don't think that that should affect their reputation at all. This is the action of two staff members who I suspect have acted out of hours and out of any sort of policy of the organisation."
And as for the fact the photos and videos were taken and posted online, unfortunately for the pair a lit-up, open window office counts as a public place.
"I don't think that there is a privacy issue given that they chose to act in this way in a very public manner, with a lit building, and the way they acted, so I don't think they can claim a right to privacy or confidentiality around it," says Dalziel.
It's just another reminder that these days if you don't take precautions, anyone can record your most intimate moments and then share it with the world.