How far would a salesperson go to cajole a prospective customer and win new business?
Well, an employee at a telecoms service provider in Hong Kong has apparently pushed the envelope by going on his knees and beseeching a client to sign up on a deal.
Apple Daily reports that a salesperson for Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) was spotted kneeling in front of a customer at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, begging the prospective customer to agree to a service subscription.
The eager salesman, who is said to bear the surname Chow, did not go to work on Thursday after a picture of him kneeling down made its way to the internet.
The person is said to have been less than one month into his new job.
None of Chow’s colleagues have commented on the incident, but there have been mixed reactions from netizens.
While some people sympathized with Chow for being in such a desperate situation to meet sales targets, others said that nothing justifies sacrificing self-respect and going down on the knees.
HKBN has recently divided its 100-strong sales force into six teams. The teams are being assigned turns to promote the company’s products and services in six different districts, according to some staff.
The team with the highest sales volume from the exercise will get to choose their preferred, or in other words more profitable, district in the future.
It is said that the basic salary for an HKBN salesperson is only HK$6,500, forcing the staff to rely on sales commissions.
The company is said to have revised its commission structure recently, with those who are able to meet the sales target making triple as much as those who do not qualify.
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