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PUBLISHER’S DESK

  OK BULLY BOYS – ETHICAL AND                                                                           Home Goods Retailer
             MORAL ?
                                                                                          HGR Team
Last month (February ’18) we published a detailed article entitled OK BULLY BOYS
V HGR.. This was a blow by blow account of our dealings with this wholly owned                 Publisher and Editor-in-chief
division of the gigantic SHOPRITE HOLDINGS. It was a tale of arrogance, cowardice and                  Contact: Ian Hughes
deception and sought to reveal the methodology of how huge companies with high
powered teams of lawyers at their disposal, attempt to impose their will on small,             Tel: 010 900 3143 | 082 553 8154
vulnerable members of society and the media like HGR. As mentioned in that article,                   E-mail: ian@hgr.co.za
neither OK/House & Home nor their lawyers sought ever to deal with the merits of our
claim, but only prevaricated, obfuscated, demanded and belittled us. Their arrogance            National Sales & Marketing
fittingly reflects that of their client.                                                             Contact: Roger Callighan
                                                                                                         Tel: 079 102 3247
  To refresh their porous collective memory, OK Furniture’s dictatorial then CEO
Aubrey Karp, in the presence of his 2iC Paul Fairhurst (the current CEO) and marketing/               Contact: Pippa Hughes
advertising manager Sheridan Smit agreed to our proposal to prepare, compile, design,                    Tel: 082 552 2675
print, publish and distribute an OK FURNITURE/HOUSE & HOME Company Profile in
April 2016. Both parties naturally incurred certain obligations to achieve this goal and             Admin & Accounts
up to early September 2016 those mutual obligations were fully met and observed.                      Contact: Pippa Hughes
When the Profile was virtually ready to print and after five solid months of hard work
and some considerable expense on our part, the massively egotistical Aubrey Karp                         Tel: 082 552 2675
unilaterally pulled the plug on the entire enterprise for ‘reasons’ which we detailed
in our last issue. And in the process virtually derailed our financial and physical                          Design
equilibrium.                                                                                        Contact: Taryn Haley (9IT)

  Our legitimate demand for compensation has been met with contempt, disdain and                         Tel: 071 602 4553
indifference from OK management and that allied with the Bully Boy tactics of their                  E-Mail: taryn@9it.co.za
lawyers has confirmed our view that OK Furniture management understands little
of ethics or morality. Since we published our account we have been inundated with         Copyright on all editorial in Home Goods
supportive messages, mostly from suppliers but with a sprinkling of other interested      Retailer is owned by the publisher and
observers. We have also published the whole gory account on HelloPeter and we have        reproduction without permission is
been contacted for further information. Facebook postings are gaining traction too. The   prohibited. The opinions expressed in
media tends to stick together and there will be further airings in the Business Sections  Home Goods Retailer are not neces-
of other media. We will not be cowed or dissuaded from the path we have set and will      sarily the views held by the editor or
persist until we get our rightful compensation.                                           publisher. We reserve the right to edit
                                                                                          – for purposes of space and clarity – all
                                       Ian Hughes                                         editorial material and letters submitted
                                                                                          for publication.

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