Suddenly there was a strange and nervous atmosphere in the ward. A very large relation visited my former employer. When he came to visit, he was treated with all due respect. This time things went a little differently. The relationship had come to Leeuwarden with a brand new and very expensive Audi TT. And that car inadvertently became the center of a particularly uncomfortable scene.
When the man called you knew: this is going to be a substantive and tedious discussion. And then you also had to run the gauntlet commercially. "Guys, he's calling, who's going to catch him?" That idea. You always worked it out with the big relationship, and that was a good thing. He was one of the relations who impressively showed that the thick topping on the sandwich was also paid for by him. But our relationship was not easy. In that sense, he did fit well with his points of contact, including the undersigned.
Like other major players in our industry, he also liked to show that he had things done. He rewarded himself for his hard work and the accompanying fruits in the German way. At the end of the 1.8s and the beginning of the new millennium, premiums in sports format were popular. Especially with people who did business and made a career in a rather successful way. Our relationship also left the car technically wide. This time he had brought a separate toy: an Audi TT 5 XNUMXV Turbo quattro of a big barrel in guilders.
The reception committee often consisted of account managers and commercial advisers, who served the relations from the outside and from the inside. The commercial advisors formed the Haarlemmerolie between the office staff, the field staff and the relations. One of them was Berend, who was born recalcitrant and who continued to present that character trait effortlessly. Berend was a beautiful guy with his heart on his tongue, moreover he did not hesitate to knock down holy houses.
In our organization it was not done to enter the boardrooms on high legs. Within the head office in The Hague, there was about the death penalty, but in Leeuwarden you certainly didn't make any friends if you came unannounced to get your revenge from the management. Or opened your mouth too far. But when things weren't going well for Berend, he simply stormed the room during important board meetings. Enter without knocking was well spent on Berend, as well as sawing planks from thick wood. He was then allowed to speak to the head of the department, but that didn't interest him at all. Then he simply repeated what he had said to the management. In the same way.
And now our important relationship was in Leeuwarden. A select group went to dinner with the big relation. And Berend belonged to that company. Our guest suggested that he could take three men with the TT. “Because then you can also feel how it drives.” Previously, our relationship had already been treated to vicious remarks. But the bouncer was yet to come. And it came. Berend said in his cracking voice: “You're not serious, are you? Are there four of us in that flattened Beetle? We all never fit in there? "
Suddenly it became uncomfortable in the department. Some were folded in half, others hiccuped a bit nervously from a fit of laughter. In addition, some colleagues were visibly bothered by the familiar feeling of the solid ground disappearing under their feet. And there was someone who had to call. Even during dinner - usually very cozy - there seemed to be a special atmosphere. In the end everything worked out. Our relationship remained faithful to us. He also regularly came to Leeuwarden after this. Without Audi TT.