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".
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"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".
"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."