Let’s hear it for “bossnapping”!

“Bossnapping” is when workers who are engaged in a dispute lock their bosses in their offices or otherwise confine them against their will. The word is formed from “boss” and “kidnapping”. In most cases, the managers or bosses are not physically harmed: they are given food and they are allowed contact with the outside world.

Bossnapping became widely known in 2009 when it occurred a number of times in France and was condemned by the then president of the Fifth Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy. Opinion polling suggested it was generally considered positively by much of the population. A law was eventually introduced making it punishable by five years in prison.

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