So A Bunch Of HSBC Lawyers Thought It Would Be Hilarious To Film A Mock ISIS/Beheading Video

Layoffs Watch ’15: HSBC Legal Department/ISIS Birmingham Cell


Ever been on a team-building field trip? Then you’ve likely been as bored as six member of HSBC’s legal team, for whom the go-karting just wasn’t cutting it. Bereft of the camaraderie that such exercises are intended to establish, the guys got to thinking. Just how do you build a team? What is an example of organizations that really know how to unite as one and do whatever it takes to achieve a goal? The answer was clear: ISIS.

The video shows them dressed in jumpsuits and balaclavas similar to those worn by the Islamic fanatics and using a coat hanger as a pretend knife. The “assassins” laugh and joke as a colleague, who has been named as Saf Ahmed, kneels down to be “executed”. One banker then yells: “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is great” — which IS executioners scream as they murder hostages. The film was posted on Instagram. It was later deleted but not before it was seen by appalled co-workers.

Make that: Former co-workers.

It is thought the HSBC men were in a Birmingham-based legal team. A source said: “It’s shocking they would think this is funny….” HSBC said: “We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour. “As soon as The Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved.

Behead cases [The Sun]