KIRCHBERG — A visit to a supermarket on Thursday evening turned into a real-life spy movie for a local woman after she spotted her boss in the personal hygiene section.
Compliance officer Mallory Castor, 29, was comparing prices on deodorant at Auchan when she spotted Frank Dubuque, for whom she has worked since 2016.
Castor panicked and instead of meeting Dubuque’s gaze, she looked over his shoulder, up towards the ceiling, and then spun around as if she were following a bird zipping by.
After sprinting to the escalator, Castor hid for nearly 20 minutes in the pasta aisle downstairs before venturing back upstairs to pick up what she needed.
“I was sure he’d have left by then,” Castor said. “But guess who I found in the toilet paper aisle?”
Throwing her basket in the opposite direction to create a diversion, Castor ran through an emergency exit, prompting an employee to give chase for a few hundred meters before giving up. Rather than risk seeing her boss in the parking garage, she chose to leave her car for the night and walk four kilometers back to her apartment in Beggen.
This is the second time Castor has resorted to such measures to avoid having to acknowledge colleagues or bosses outside of work, according to sources. The last time was in January, when at City Concorde she found herself in a toilet stall next her firm’s head of human resources. Fearful of being obliged to exchange pleasantries just after having heard the other pee, Castor spent the night in the stall and only managed to escape around 7:30 in the morning when the cleaners arrived.