Have you ever had construction going on nearby your home? Was it loud? Annoying? Did keep it keep you up in the middle of the night? Did you seriously consider opening your window and screaming “Hey! Shut the hell up down there!” or even confronting the people making all that racket face to face? Olivier Desbarres can relate. Or at least he can half relate. Because while most of you were probably talked out of making some sort of scene, either by your significant other or your own impulse control, on October 20th Desbarres decided to go in another direction, the one that involved introducing himself to the construction workers building a house near his own by screaming, “I’m gonna go after you, I will haunt you, I’m gonna burn your fucking house down, I will find your fucking family,” a task he noted would be fairly simple and straightforward (“I can find [them] very easily,” he explained, “I’m a man with resources”), in case there were doubts (a fairly reasonable concern, as there are a lot of people in Singapore and how were these guys supposed to know he had an army of Barclays researchers at his disposal?).

Still worried that the group wasn’t taking his threats seriously on account of the casual look he was sporting that morning– shorts and sandals– Desbarres then picked up some sheet metal and launched it in their direction, presumably to demonstrate he meant business.* Although that would have been a good time to make his exit, at that point Desbarres noticed that one of the men had been recording him without his consent, leading to:

“You’re filming me? You think that’s good? Put your fucking phone down because I’m going to wait for you to come out and take that phone and shove it up your fucking ass.”

According to a local publication, this whole thing started because the construction crew began working at 8:45am one day instead of 9am, the time Desbarres preferred. In related news, according to a person familiar with Barclays’ policies concerning construction site meltdowns, the firm “Considers such behavior and language unacceptable. It does not meet the high standard of conduct that we expect of our employees.” Desbarres, who is no longer with the bank, has not yet returned Dealbreaker’s call for comment.**

Foul-mouth foreigner threatens workers and warns he will hunt down their families [Stomp]
Barlcays Far Too Candid Camera [Sunday Times via Ian Fraser]
Barclays Capital Appoints Olivier Desbarres as Head of FX Strategy, Asia-Pacific Ex-Japan [BarCap]
Related (re: Barclays employees losing their shit in public): Barclays Global Head of Investment Banking Writes Tear-Stained Letter To Son’s School, Demands Teacher’s Firing For Trash Talking Barclays, Making Son Cry

*Insane ranting + shorts + sandals can leave room for interpretation re: is this guy serious or not; insane ranting + shorts + sandals + grabbing whatever shit from a construction site is within arm’s reach and throwing at people is generally– though not always!– pretty clear.
**Possibly because we called in the middle of the night local time and he is on his way to New York to throw a piece of sheetrock at us; you know how he gets when his sleep is interrupted.

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  1. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Tough but fair

  2. Posted by Ta Da! | November 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Let it out, buddy. We're with you.

  3. Posted by RichardCripples | November 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    It was the heat of the moment.

    Oliver "Asia" Desbarres

  4. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I'm long his shorts

  5. Posted by derpies | November 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM



  6. Posted by DingALing | November 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Barclays has a high standard of conduct? Could have fooled me

  7. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Happens to the best of us

  8. Posted by Dr. Banner | November 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I met him a few times when he was in research at CS and I swear he was an unsually mild-mannered guy. Maybe that time between CS and Barc that he spent at the Gamma-bomb development startup had some kind of effect?

  9. Posted by Im_a_Dude | November 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    sleeping in 8:45am??? what time do barclays guys start working?

  10. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    So he's going to wait for the gentleman with the camera phone to "come out" before he uses said phone as a suppository? How does he know this guy is closeted?

    – guy who likes to pick apart peoples rants in an attempt to induce further ranting

  11. Posted by Ogre | November 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I bet this guy could beat Gasparino into a mound of pizza dough.

  12. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    1:39 again? Now you're just fucking with me.

  13. Posted by SPF Detective | November 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    "when the construction workers realized he was with Barclays, they knew not to take Mr. Debarres seriously"

  14. Posted by derpies | November 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    in case you all are wondering, this is the only story with a "phones in asses" tag associated with it. for shame.

  15. Posted by Sterling A | November 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I know. I almost killed a guy with his own foot.

  16. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Well that escalated quickly.

    – Bangladeshi construction worker

  17. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    This story has to be made up. A construction crew starting work early?

  18. Posted by InfiniteGuest | November 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    AQR would've given him a raise and a promotion.

  19. Posted by Im_a_Dude | November 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    i like in the article they refer to him as "The Caucasian".

  20. Posted by Slerpies | November 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    He looks like he is attacking the Statue of Liberty with her own crown.

  21. Posted by BritneyS | November 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Is this the new Gangnam style

  22. Posted by Dr. Banner | November 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    This is Singapore, not unionized New Yawk friggin' City.

  23. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I think he was holding back a little.

  24. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Well, if you're going to go into a sociopathic rage, I suppose Asia is the right place to do it – I would guess that they just don't get so worked up about such things.

    – Guy who knows nothing about Singapore

  25. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Kinda looks like the guy from the Big Bang theory…

  26. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Go on…

  27. Posted by b_kosarpension | November 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The best he could do at a construction site was a sheet of metal… really?

  28. Posted by E. Cartman | November 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Anyone there could see it in those wild eyes.

  29. Posted by Guesticle | November 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Those workers are lucky it wasn't a Morgan Stanley employee. They'll cut a bitch.

  30. Posted by Richard Gere | November 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Hey !

  31. Posted by OpportunityCost | November 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Might have to hire this guy to "negotiate" with the crew breaking up rocks outside my place at 7am.

  32. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Oct 20 = Saturday

  33. Posted by Anon | November 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    White shorts after Labor Day?

  34. Posted by Desbarres | November 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    It's subtropical.

  35. Posted by Dr.Banner | November 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Worst comment ever.

  36. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Saturday in the US but Singapore is on the other side of the earth which would make it Wednesday there.

    – AIG FP Settlement Quant

  37. Posted by Dateraider | November 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Our comment section is beat by the Stomp's, I'm afraid:

    kikobowler said on 30 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    He wants life so go back where u belong. See if his life in singapore is better or not. :)
    alextan516 said on 29 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    Maybe tis clown forgotten b4 he moved in to his condo tht was a constuction site too….

    keatwee343 said on 29 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    come on this is singapore you want to complain go back to your country and do it. Why is singapore call peaceful, it's because we singaporen is united but this ang mo's just want to destory our peacefulness

    stormchaser said on 29 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    honestly, the noise can be xtremely unbearable in a quiet neighbourhood. Maybe the company shd invest in a quieter machinery, and put up higher hoarding with soundbarrier. Am sure the neighbours can bear with you and the noise if you can bear with theirs.

    MrsRedFerrariLady said on 27 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    Please make PEACE, Singaporians. Don't always blame FT.

    sporeanthebest said on 27 Oct, 2012 Report as offensive
    @ktan2000…agreed w u…Sporean must travel more…so we can know more about ang mos…what so special.

  38. Posted by Luke | November 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Do you notice you're always talking about sticking something in my ass, and that time it wasn't even a threat, technically, that was flirting

  39. Posted by SundayTimes (update) | November 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    "You're F****** animals", " Chinese F****** animals "

    Colleagues acknowledged that Desbarres had grown increasingly exasperated recently at his inability to get any traction on the large Renminbi non deliverable forward long position he'd repeatedly recommended, which he attributed to the Bejing governments continued currency manipulation.

  40. Posted by Temasek | November 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    "You can also see he is not wearing any safety gear and I am worried he can slip and fall on the site, not only endangering himself but also becoming our liability"

    What sort of safety gear would be required (other than an ironclad severance guarantee in his contract?)

  41. Posted by Mercator | November 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Off by ~20 degrees. Atlanta is subtropical. Singapore is year-round-swampass-tropical.

  42. Posted by W. Buffett | November 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    It's a trademark: Sheetrock. With a cap S. Other than that, innumerable concerns.

  43. Posted by Humid | November 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Pardon poor english

    Ware wurr you when Desburrs lose his shet?

    I home clipfern

    SamPao ring

    "Desburr lose shet.."


  44. Posted by Desbarres | November 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    You think that’s good? Put your fucking sextant down because I’m going to wait for you to come out and take that sextant and shove it up your fucking ass.

  45. Posted by Euro cross | November 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    but it was an fx desk so all the vol would be on the european shift.

  46. Posted by Tokyo desk | November 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    lol, seen the hysteria associated with Japan lately ?

    infantile servile minds

  47. Posted by guest | November 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Did you actually think this was funny?

  48. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    How would he feel about becoming a spokesman for us?

    – Bonobos Marketing Division

  49. Posted by EQ in Dallas | November 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Should say "Hey! I'd said call me later but, anytime works really!"

  50. Posted by billy | November 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    They must have wanted to can him, otherwise what a stupid reason to fire him.

  51. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    You know that sheet of corrugated iron flew straight up in the air and probably ended up landing behind him. That stuff don't fly too good.

    – guy who threw lots of building shit as a kid.

  52. Posted by Guest | November 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    It was not a union job.

  53. Posted by PermaGuestII | November 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Singapore was British for 150 years. English is one of the official languages. They probably speak it better than you do.

    -Guy who has no problem with racist humor but can't stand fucking morons

  54. Posted by Guest | November 9, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Nice bend in the knees. Chest in proper position. Head on a swivel. That left elbow could be a bit more elevated to his target but otherwise I'd say that's pretty much textbook form.

    – Head Coach, Vasity Rants, Singapore HS

  55. Posted by gUEST | November 9, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Thanks for the shirt full of hot coffee that I just spit on myself.

  56. Posted by Guest | November 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    I met him several times before his child was born and still have vivid memory of Olivier talking about his unborn child.. I supposed the construction noise must be unbearable for the newborn and must have triggered his abnormal behavior. What he did was wrong but it came from the basic instinct to protect his family.

  57. Posted by Mercator | November 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Projections don't have sextants. Or asses. I will spot you $10 for a secondhand atlas, though.

  58. Posted by Sarong party girl | November 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Me will ruv him rong rong time!

  59. Posted by Redneck | November 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Do you know that in Singapore, expats are officially called "foreign talent" and get a free get out of jail card if they are caught molesting the local women? Its a place where white is always right – go ask the sarong party girls.

  60. Posted by The Admiralty | November 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    It's in the covenant from when we built the place and brought the chinamen in to work the rubber plants.

  61. Posted by White assholes | November 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Fucking white trash stfu and work in ur fucked up economy. He calls the Chinese animals and you support him? What a dog..

  62. Posted by Guest | November 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM


  63. Posted by Guest | November 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Sounds like you know what you're talking about.

  64. Posted by Guest | November 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I think it has something to do with abortion.

  65. Posted by cod | November 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    So sorry for hearing that head made such humiliating and threatening sayings… Just thinking if the witness are really sure those sayings were made by that head?? Did it mean that head said foul language?? That head shouldn't behave like that… in history never said foul language. If that head really did so, it's reasonable to launch the punishment. Just think it will be safer for the witness to have a big meal with their babe first !! It's open to discussion!!

  66. Posted by WarrenG | November 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Or are his shorts longing you??

  67. Posted by tom | November 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    it was on a saturday according to the article, dude

  68. Posted by Tom's ass | November 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    It's a sign of progress when retarded people have access to the Internet.

  69. Posted by blessingindisguise | November 13, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    what goes around comes around. Look what he got.. fired. I'm sure he'll be able to find a new job but his reputation is forever tarnished, all credibility lost. I feel more for his poor family. More so for his children (if he has any at all).

    Let's not target any particular race or religion here. This is about one man and his problem. Apparently he is known to be rude and has previously threatened his own neighbours because of their dogs.

    My advice for mr desbarres is: If you can't even tolerate something so basic as construction work, in a small place like Singapore where land development is rampant. I suggest you migrate to a remote place like Timbuktu, dig yourself a hole in the ground and bury your head inside. :)

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-olivier-des

  70. Posted by anon | November 13, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Good thing he did it there in Singapore, the number one haven now for the well heeled trying to escape european socialism, american tax collectors or the chinese new regime. I know their sovereign wealth funds hire all sorts of marginal types and give them titles like "MD of something", they just love the rich white men there.

  71. Posted by cod | November 13, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    Hope the former head's family and children will not be hurt!! They are innocent! mr desbarres, as the link showed was not rude before; perhaps, he did those things just because he's angry.

  72. Posted by shrimp's babe | November 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Shrimp wanted to kill babe or shrimp was kept under close watch?? To avoid who, shark or that person?? Babe feels so hurt!!!! Thought shrimp was caught red-handed; but now feeling shrimp set a trap to hurt babe and ruin babe’s reputation intentionally!!! If shrimp didn’t love babe and/or didn’t want to chat with babe, why didn’t shrimp tell babe directly, but hurt babe in this way!!?? Answer by books pls!!

  73. Posted by shrimpson | November 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    So any suggestion for the solution??

  74. Posted by shrimp's babe | November 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    … gets that shrimp tells head the truth and persuade head to let go. However, afraid it's too hurtful! Head made a promise will hv a new life with… after retirement , taking care of …, etc. … can't help shedding tears now coz having struggle in mind i.e. loving shrimp much but doesn't want to hurt anyone; …still feels having emotion attachment to head coz have known each other for 20 years, went through many good times and bad times, etc. although nothing physical!! … is too humane in this aspect, but perhaps it's one of the reasons why shrimp like …. Hope shrimp can understand…'s situation and dilemma!! Just thinking is it possible to expose to head later when head's condition is getting better??

  75. Posted by shrimpson | November 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    To clarify, known head's threatening sayings; …'s question is did head really find shrimp's and/or …'s family??

  76. Posted by shrimpson | November 29, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    And wanna make sure why … is the beloved!! Not sure if it's coz shrimp thinks that … has got the qualities stated in the body of the particians amid elections??

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