One of these four stories about small business owners is an April Fool’s Day joke, the others are (remarkably) all true. Can you guess which is which, or will you be fooled?
The owner of a small software business with employees based overseas was informed that one of his Asia-based employees would be taking a week of sick leave. His ailment? Haemorrhoids.
However, when the business operator requested a doctor’s certificate, as per the company’s sick leave policy, the employee instead produced photos illustrating his unfortunate condition.
He no longer works for the company.
A hairdresser was sued for making one of its clients 'too beautiful'.
Having had a makeover, including a new hairstyle, a married woman began having an affair with a man she worked with. When the woman’s husband discovered the affair, her defence was that her new hairstyle made her irresistible to other men.
The couple then sued the hairdresser for inflicting emotional pain and suffering on them and their family.
Their claim was rejected.
When leaving his job at a medium-sized financial services company, an employee downloaded the firm’s entire contacts database and attempted to set up a competing business by converting these clients to his new entity.
A major legal dispute ensued, which ultimately proved successful for the company.
It has since banned the use of USBs in the office by all employees.
An illegal commercial aquafarm operation was discovered inside a residential apartment building when the occupants of the apartment below complained of a leak in their ceiling.
The complex operation involved the use of an above-ground pool assembled in the apartment’s lounge room, from which a leak had developed and pervaded the floor into the neighbouring property.
The issue was only resolved after a complaint was lodged with the state’s fair trading authority.
Answer: Story two was fabricated, while the three other stories are all true events. Congratulations if you weren't fooled!
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.