Every January, the compliance manager tries to boost morale by raffling off the company’s Christmas gifts from clients, with the proceeds going to charity.
But this year, a couple of junior traders abolished all sentiment and injected some materialistic greed into proceedings.
So, while the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital suffered, the pair set up a grey market. They catalogued the gifts to be won and set a price on each considerably below market value. They then took advance cash payments for the items, which they would buy from the winners for less than what they’d already sold them, thereby making a few quid.
The ruse was going well, and the minute the email arrived declaring the raffle open, the stampede for tickets started. One colleague, who I suspect might be an escapee from the Half Ton Hospital, t