Qantas CEO Alan Joyce Takes a Pie to the Face During Speech

I know I promised not to post trivial “news”, but this was too good to ignore.

While speaking to a group of executives and press at a breakfast event at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas, was approached by an unidentified stranger who walked up on the stage in the middle of Joyce’s speech to slap a pie in his face.

Alan Joyce gets a pie in the face during a speech in Perth. Photo: Clarissa Phillips – The West Australian

Supposedly the man who “attacked” Joyce may have done this in protest of the Qantas CEO’s support and advocacy of marriage equality, but you can insert your own joke here about Qantas’s lackluster frequent flier program and sometimes less-than-great service record.

To his credit, Joyce handled the incident with humor and grace, joking with the audience after the incident and asking the crowd for suggestions for a local dry cleaner. The unidentified pie assailant was quickly apprehended by the police in the lobby of the hotel. Evidently in Australia, “pieing can be a criminal (offense).”

Based on how the past several weeks have gone in the US, if I were Ed Bastian or Oscar Munoz I’d be sure to have a change of clothes ready for any upcoming public appearances.

Further “coverage” can be found at The Australian and ABC News Australia.

Comments

  1. Well now we know Joyce is pressing charges against the old bloke. You go get him Al baby, you can really clean up and grab his pension, and perhaps you can have him turfed out of his house as well. Nothing worse than these silly old pensioners, make an example of him man. Hell, you might be able to stress him enough to have a heart attack, that would be the royal flush wouldn’t it.

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