Dr Mumbo

Double agent: Creative fired after Omnicom agencies bust his hustle

Dr Mumbo heard a tale coming out of the cafes and beach huts of Cannes of an ambitious creative who managed to get himself off the books of two sister agencies in one fell swoop.

The story goes like this: a creative employed by Sancho BBDO was reportedly lending his services to Omnicom sister agency DDB Colombia for the best part of a year, hiding under the guise of work-from-home conditions.

Creative vs. two creative agencies: who will outwit each other?

Dr Mumbo was told the creative then attempted to leverage a job offer from DDB to angle for a pay rise at his incumbent employer.

The audacious attempt to play off sister agencies against each other was foiled when BBDO approached DDB as to why it was poaching its staff, which eventuated in his termination from both creative shops.

One might forgive the creative for simply getting confused between all those Bs and Ds.

While such a tall tale might be hard to believe, DDB Colombia confirmed the story to Dr Mumbo just this morning. Sancho BBDO has not yet responded.

“This guy did freelance work for DDB while he was an employee of Sancho BBDO. Obviously DDB was not aware of his employment with BBDO. DDB never made him a formal offer to employ him, therefore we guess that he made it up to get a rise from BBDO. Since DDB and BBDO had a non-poach agreement, when the guy told BBDO at that time about the supposed offer, we were told by BBDO and his plot was unveiled.”

So, has Dr Mumbo been missing out on a second income over the past two years? Hmmm…

The moral of the story goes: you never know where a creative might be hiding!

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