'Touch unusual': Why an Auckland worker brought a clown to his redundancy meeting

A man in Auckland who brought a clown along to a redundancy meeting admits the move was a "touch unusual".

Joshua Jack says his opportunity to do something different came after receiving an email from his employer informing him "bad news, we're having a meeting to discuss your role".

"I thought it's either a promotion or worse. I thought it's best to bring in a professional and so I paid $200 and hired a clown," Jack told Magic Talk on Friday afternoon.

Jack was working for ad agency FCB at the time of the meeting. 

Despite losing his job, he said it was a positive experience.

"I mean I did get fired, but apart from that it was all smooth running."

Jack says the clown lightened the mood by making some balloon animals - a unicorn and a poodle. 

"It was rather noisy him making balloon animals so we had to tell him to be quiet from time to time," Jack said, adding that the cost-per-balloon worked out at $100.

He said it was "nice to spice up the meeting" and that his bosses "could see the humourous side of it".

 'Touch unusual': Why an Auckland worker brought a clown to his redundancy meeting
Photo credit: Joshua Jack

"Again, he was $200, so basically he was, I assume, one of the best clowns in Auckland - they were getting a free service, they were also getting the entertainment from Joe the Clown."

Jack has since found another job - he starts at DDB agency on Monday.

And his advice to anyone in the same situation as he was: "I definitely recommend Joe - he's one of the best around."


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