Barclays Bank bosses have warned staff not to smoke "big fat cigars"or drink "copious champagne" at Christmas parties - because of the financial crisis.
The bank also demanded that parties are not booked in Barclays' name to avoid bad publicity.
The internal email was sent by Paul Titterton, Barclays director for local business in Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West, to regional managers on October 17. They sent it to workers.
Mr Titterton feared a backlash if lavish parties went ahead while banks had been bailed out by the Government during the credit crunch.
It went on: "It is imperative that... your staff are well behaved (no big fat cigars, copious champagne and generally loud and unruly behaviour)."
A Barclays spokeswoman said: "We agree with the sentiment but not the words used to convey it. We are aware of the current financial climate."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Source: Sunday Mirror