HR Strange But True!
June 18, 2005

The manager of an interpreting and translation company in Glasgow, Scotland has been sentenced to three years' probation and placed on a sex offenders registry after trying to conduct a job interview sans clothes, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

The BBC reported that the man, Saeed Akbar, 35, began interviewing the female applicant fully clothed. But at one point he left the room and returned wearing only his birthday suit and clutching a clipboard.

When the job candidate refused to strip as well, Akbar put his clothes back on and attempted to continue the interview as normal. The woman, however, fled in terror and reported the incident to police.

Akbar initially told police his stripping was part of a consensual role-playing exercise. (He has a "tough interviewing technique," he explained.)

But in appearing recently before Glasgow Sheriff Brian Lockhart, Akbar said: "I wanted a bit of excitement that afternoon, that's purely all it was."

Lockhart said he was limiting the punishment to probation because Akbar already had paid a high price for the incident, including the loss of his job, his partner, and his friends.

"On the one hand, I have to take into account the distress which you caused your victim," he said. "On the other hand, I have to take into account the catastrophic effect this incident has had on your life. You have suffered severely as a result of your actions."

Source: BBC

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