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.