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Update: Former employee takes hostage at BMW’s French headquarters

News | November 8th, 2010 by 7

Update: Situation has been resolved without any casualties. An irate former employee customer (as reported by other outlets) took at least two people hostage on Monday …

Update: Situation has been resolved without any casualties.

An irate former employee customer (as reported by other outlets) took at least two people hostage on Monday at the French headquarters of the car company BMW, in Montigny-Le-Bretonneux, a Paris suburb. He surrendered to police without incident.

The hostage-taker was “an armed individual” according to an official at police headquarters in Versailles. He gave himself up without violence after special forces had been deployed to the scene.

French radio Europe 1 reported that the man was a former employee, who took a receptionist and a sales person hostage.

He fired shots into the air, and tried to set the building on fire.

Update: Former employee takes hostage at BMWs French headquarters

BMW hasn’t released any details on the incident, though it is known that the armed employee was a male in his 50s.

[Source: CBS | RFI ]

  • Marco B

    This is terrible! I hope no one gets hurt.

  • Nicolas

    According to the French news outlet Europe1, the perpetrator is not a former employee but a dissatisfied customer. He is psychologically unstable and apparently attempted to “get back at BMW” in the past, and been arrested.

  • FreudeKing

    This is what happens when a company like BMW with new management try to please shareholders by cutting jobs (i.e. cost) and advertising loudly and proudly the number of jobs that they have cut so that they can boost the share price to get better bonuses for themselves.

  • Efoza

    I hope the 5 GTs on show at the HQ were not damaged during this mad man’s outburst.

    • Doug

      Yeah, hopefully your employer doesn’t notice that “5 GT” is associated with a candid disrespect for human life.

  • Iks

    Looks like problems with N54 turbos\fuelpumps etc were annoing not only in N.America and Russian, poor customer…

  • Tom

    you people have really stupid comments sometimes

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