Leonard was a loan officer at one of the largest banks in the country. He had worked in that capacity for eight years, but he was feeling discontent. Leonard did not know why. One day as he was shaving, preparing to go to work, he looked in the mirror and imagined himself as a clown.
Impulsively he dried his face and applied white powder to it. He then continued to prepare for work as usual. One thing about Leonard was that he always dressed the part of a banker. He was a real clothes horse. In his closet hung over 30 designer suits and more than 100 neckties. Not to mention a pair of meticulously polished shoes for each day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday when he was off.
But today was different. No one said anything to Leonard at the bank, although he did look paler than usual. They all figured that he was sick or something. On the subsequent days, it became apparent that Leonard was intentionally wearing clown makeup. The branch manager called him into his office.
Lenny, how are you feeling?
Jeff, I’ve never been better.
You know why you’re in my office don’t you?
Yeah, you wanted to talk to me about something. What’s it about?
It’s about your appearance Lenny. Have you lost your mind?
My appearance? What’s the matter with my appearance?
You put on clown makeup to come to work, and you are asking me what’s wrong?
Leonard paused and stared calmly at Jeff, his boss, and said: “This is who I am Jeff.”
The clown face banker then stood up and returned to his desk where he greeted his clients who were waiting for their nine o’clock appointment. From that day forward Leonard began wearing full clown face, although his dress remained vintage Brooks Brothers as usual. Nonetheless, soon after that, the bank sacked him.
Leonard's response was to sue the bank, and he won his case in court. After four years the bank was forced to pay him $15 million in damages and to restore him to his position. The judge agreed that Leonard was a clown and that his employer could not fire him just because of that reason.
Furthermore, the judge added to his decision, “We live in interesting times.”
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