CAMPAIGN DIARY: Sholto’s offer of a drop of red-eye lands him in trouble with the law

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.

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

action.



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

game.



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.