Bonus Watch '10: Government Employee Edition

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No hard numbers yet but apparently enough for one guy to buy a round of shots worth $36,890, "humbling" Tokyo's traders.

Kaz Miura, "an architect working for the US government" broke the record for shots purchased at Geronimo shot bar over the weekend, in a "feat" that surprised onlookers, given that a civil servant outshone a bunch of financial services hacks at a game called 'look how much money I have' (which somehow involves a leather drum).

Mr Miura, an architect working for the US government achieved the unlikely feat in brazen defiance of a sour market mood that has built amid a relentless exodus of big-spending foreign bankers from Japan during a dismal quarter for the Japanese economy. The 3011 shots he bought in the Geronimo Shot Bar challenge is unlikely to be beaten until Tokyo's bankers start receiving decent bonuses again - a potentially long wait.

The challenge centres on a leather drum that dangles above the wood-panelled bar - owned by Manchester-born entrepreneur Stewart Bailey. Whoever wallops the drum commits to buying everyone a shot, priced at the flat rate of 1000 yen ($12.10) per head.

Miura claims he wasn't celebrating a big bonus but rather just thought it would be cool to rub his money in some destitute traders' faces (you know- kick them when they're down). "I'm just paying for it out of my pocket," he said, "And hoping that my wife understands.”

Civil Servant Drums Out Traders With Record Of Shots [The Australian]

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