A guy stands up and unleashes a string of obscenities. Everybody in the room watches him with disgust and fascination (as in ‘Is this really happening?’), but mostly disgust. He rips into a young lady, attacking the way she talks, her competency and her intelligence. Like a mugging on a busy street, nobody rushes to her defense; hoping somebody else would do it.
When he’s finished, he surveys the room and meets the stares with:
“What? Someone had to say it.”
The guy was canned shortly after. But he was there for more than 3 years, free to unleash his rabid brand of terror on the folks who worked for him and the people around him.