"You’re f****** animals!": A French expat goes on nasty tirade against construction workers

Screen grab from a video published on YouTube by usiaoboh.
It’s safe to say that Olivier Desbarres, a French expatriate working as a trader in Singapore, isn’t a morning person. But he probably never thought this would cost him his job – and he certainly didn’t realise someone was filming him having an early morning temper tantrum.
On October 20, at around 8:45 a.m., the Frenchman started screaming at a group of construction workers near his house, saying that the noise they were making was ruining his family’s weekend. In the past few days, a video of the scene has gone viral on the Internet. It’s embarrassing enough as it is, but there’s another reason for its success: Desbarres wasn’t just any trader. He was the head of foreign exchange strategy for Barclays bank’s Asia Pacific Division, until his profanity-laden outburst got him fired.
WARNING: This video contains explicit language. 
According to eyewitnesses, Desbarres even threw rocks toward the construction workers, then left and came back with golf clubs, threatening to hit them if they didn’t stop making noise.


I can't blame him, I live

I can't blame him, I live near a construction site and on top of the constant noise of hammering, drilling, banging, sawing etc, etc.... the workers are constantly shouting 'oi, oi, oi, oi, oi, oi' all day long at each other. They need to shit the f*ck up and respect the people living nearby who have to sit and listen to it all day long.

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Good man!

Finally someone stands up against city noise - Vive la France!

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I agree with him! I am living a nightmare here too. Every day and every week end!!!! It is ruining our lives and we are thinking to go back to France just because of the constructions next to our house.
The worse thing is that we are stuck here because the contract to rent a house does not let you leave before two years.

I agree with him!

Construction workers keep me up in the middle of the night in my area too with their machinery constantly making humming sounds. I can hear it all despite living miles away from it too. The saddest thing is most of this construction work isn't even needed in my area and takes forever to finish. Our surrounding neighborhoods look like a mess from it too. These massive construction projects are often just pork spending operations when there isn't even money to substantiate the right for this spending. Our government in the USA, New York State and New York City is broke and in severe debt! Whatever is happening is criminal as people will be paying for government construction resulting through a bad economy and depreciation of our currency. I abhor the fact the Department of Transportation is putting spy cameras in our transportation system infrastructure too. This is just more societal rot that is part of the agenda of the New World Order.


I frankly don't blame the guy for being angry. While we do not know the extent of the problem and disturbance, it is reasonable to conclude that construction of this variety was loud and invasive enough to very much ruin the peace of the family abode.

It seems to me in developing places of the world, local governments would impose stricter ordinances for construction in established neighborhoods; otherwise things would be a living hell for many entrenched residents. Taking into account the angry man's position, he likely paid or pays a considerable amount of money for his residence and as such wants to have some level of peace and livability. Is he wrong for that? I say not!

Perhaps he should have taken a more subdued tact to deal with the problem but then we are talking about a bunch of knuckle dragging construction workers. When is the last time anyone imagines these goof-balls actually took into account the impact their loud, invasive activity has on anyone in the wake of it?

Ultimately according to his words; at least part of the man's concern was for his family's peace during their weekend time together as a family. But, oh, ho, ho we're now going to fault him for wanting peace for himself and his family. And let's just say, he had been more subdued and taken a kinder tact; does anyone really imagine it would have done any good? I say not!

If the party responsible for the workers in the first place was anything but a slob they would have cautioned the workers at the beginning. After all; this is Singapore, you know, the place so picky you are not allowed to chew gum at will and for years chewing gum was outlawed! So, where is that same concern for appropriateness when it comes to family values, like "Peace?"

Hopefully since the fellow was made redundant he will take the construction company to task in court for disruption of his family life. I think that is fair enough considering all of the other over bearing laws in Singapore. They pride themselves on those laws and the very structured, subdued society those laws supposedly have spawned; then where's this guy's protection of simple peace for he and his family to enjoy their life and time together on their weekend. Ultimately, this is the height of hypocrisy in Singapore and he should be entitled to redress.

On behalf of the entire

On behalf of the entire country I would like to apologize to Singapore. This buffoon, this appalling, rude, cretinous, disgusting man, Olivier Desbarres, deserves to have his name live on in infamy. He combines, in one insufferable racist, everything that is bad about France. Trust me, there are millions of decent French people who oppose everything this sewer rat of a man stands for.

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