An Auckland advertising worker has reportedly taken a clown along to a redundancy meeting as his support person.
NZME reports the man opted against taking a family member or friend in favour of a brightly dressed circus entertainer, who proceeded to make a series of animal balloons during the meetings.
A photo supplied to NZME shows a clown sitting in a meeting with a man in a pink shirt whose face has been blurred out, and two women - one in black, the other blue.
The man was made redundant from FCB agency.
FCB lost a number of big contracts last year, including Vodafone, Volkswagen and Paper Plus, with DBB taking some of them over.
The employee is now working for DDB, NZME reported.
FCB would not provide any details on the clown's presence at the redundancy meeting, though when asked if it was part a viral marketing campaign, said it was not.
"We do not comment on individual employment matters out of respect for those involved."
DDB has also been approached for comment.
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