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Team shoot player with BB gun for showing up late

How does your work deal with people showing up late? Is it a verbal dressing-down from the boss? Perhaps a small fine? Some offices make those with poor timekeeping buy doughnuts or other pastries for the rest of the team.

Regardless of how you might be punished for being late, just be grateful your firm does not use the same strategy as French rugby side Toulon.

Australian star Matt Giteau has posted a video via Instagram of what happened to him when he missed the cut-off point for training: being lined up with his back exposed and having a ball-bearing gun fired at him.

That’s right: LATECOMERS ARE SHOT AT WITH A BB GUN.

As strange (and painful) as it may seem, it appears to work: Toulon are having a fair bit of success on the rugby pitch.

But those of you hoping for a future video of England’s 2003 World Cup star Jonny Wilkinson taking a few ball-bearings to the back are in for some bad news: Wilko is notoriously meticulous and punctual in training.