Hard on the heels of last week’s tale of wobbly adman/client
relationships comes the story of Seamus O’Farrell, board account
director for BT at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and his very own client,
one Sholto Douglas-Home.
The occasion was the recent Chelsea/Manchester United league game. This
time, the client had treated the adman (see, it can work both ways) and
such was Sholto’s hospitality that he even offered to share his silver
hip flask of malt whisky with young Seamus as they watched the
Unfortunately, however, only seconds after Sholto had produced said
flask, three particularly eagle-eyed policemen descended on him from a
great height, it being illegal, of course, to bring drink into a
Sholto was then carted off by the police, leaving Seamus with an
interesting dilemma: ’Should I do the dutiful thing and follow, or
should I stay for the rest of what is an especially gripping and highly
significant match?’ He was still pondering a good ten minutes later,
when his conscience finally got the better of him.
’If he goes, I go too,’ he gestured grandly to the policefolk outside,
once he had found them.
Fortunately, the tale ends happily. The coppers let the pair off
lightly, allowing them back in after 15 minutes, and the account remains
secure within Abbott Mead’s sweaty grasp.