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London news site Here Is The City has an exciting treat to follow—the blog is running “episodes” of the tale of ‘Amazing Grace,’ a former salesperson at Lehman Brothers who became an exotic dancer.HTC is describing the worker as an investment banker, but it’s more likely that Ms. Grace was a back office employee. She fell into the job at Lehman, where she worked in “fixed income support” and described it as a glorified personal assistant job, where she did menial secretarial work. But eventually, she started taking client calls and had built up a small portfolio of relationships.
But Amazing Grace was laid off a couple of months before Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, as the financial crisis took its toll on the bank. She lived off her severance pay and savings for a while, but finally became desperate when she couldn’t land another job and decided to venture out to answer a help wanted ad for exotic dancers. She said she had kept her “svelte figure” amongst the “lardy traders” at Lehman.
Here’s a sneak peak of her trip to the dancing bar:
To say that it was seedy would be a major understatement. The bar was dark, and the carpets smelled of alcohol (and worse). ‘Can you dance ?’, the manager asked. ‘Sure,’ I nodded. He looked me up and down. ‘You’ll do. Be here tonight at 10pm. You’ll finish at 2am. $120, plus tips. You should do OK.’
This is just the first episode, HTC is promising more to come so keep an eye on this one, gents.