Picture this, LB and I are sitting in an inner city restaurant having lunch with a pair of individuals who work in this space. We should have been forewarned by the choice of venue as this was a place where we had meet a broker from Sydney for lunch, who instead of paying the bill as he said he would ducked out the back. During the current meeting we talk about the usual things such as state of the market, how business is going, pans for the futures – the usual sort of time filling small talk that occupies the voids in between food. There is nothing odd or strange about the lunch except for the fact that one of them keeps ducking outside every 15 minutes to drag down another cigarette and then race back inside to hit the red wine again…..so broking circa 1986…
Eventually the talk gets around to working together and we throw around some ideas for projects before one of the interrupts.
Wine drinker – Before we work together I need to check to see if you are part of the network.
LB/CT – And what network would they be?
Wine drinker – Its a secret cabal that is trying to destroy our business
LB/CT – How so?
Wine drinker – They have had people posing as employees inside our business.
LB/CT – What?
Wine drinker – They placed operatives inside our business and when I checked on them they didn’t really exist. Their identities were fake – they had only been created just before they came to work for us and then they disappeared without a trace.
LB/CT – How do you know that we are not part of this network?
Wine drinker – I have a secret laptop that hacks into their database and I can see who their members are…..but I have to do it outside they might have people watching us in here…..in fact those people over there might be network operatives.
LB/CT – Waiter I think we will get the bill……..