Here’s an interesting insight into the psyche of the failed ‘The Smiths’ musician Dale Hibbert, by way of his hostile and absurd paranoia about a business which doesn’t even come close to achieving what he would even dare to dream. An allegedly experienced entrepeneur and hospitality expert cannot seem to handle the fact that Blackbird has achieved so much more than he can and in a shorter space of time, even when led by someone completely and utterly inexperienced in the industry. Nor can can he seem to accept he was a brief and very much a bit part player in the history of The Smiths, yet still continues to attempt to trade off his his minute and completely unsuccessful involvement, since Dale Hibbert was kicked out of The Smiths as soon as a worthwhile replacement made themselves known. You’ll find no songwriting credits to Dale Hibbert in The Smiths archives…
(Illustrations to follow..)
Still not heard a word from the police, which isn’t particularly surprising, since you have actually made no complaint.
I, on the other hand am going to publish this email conversation (and the previous one) and allow the cards to fall where they may as a result. I will also intend to make a full public statement about this jealous vandalism, this petulant and puerile nonsense of yours. You have no honour Dale.
As I recently posted on Twitter, I will actively and jealously protect the jobs of the people I employ in defiance of hate-filled people like yourself and others in this town. What yourself and the narrow-minded, moronic bullies of this town forget, is that trying to destroy me or Blackbird has greater consequences for the 15 staff I employ. All of whom have been informed about the events on your Facebook page, complete with screenshots.
I have thus far done nothing wrong or untoward with regards to you or your business, yet you clearly make it your own business to damage, malign and attempt to destroy mine in spite of this.
Shame on you, and be prepared.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 12:45, Kava wrote:
Well, as I said, I haven’t heard back from them yet. But I think they should be aware that you think I am an “utter bastard”, and have made what I consider to be threats. It’s always reassuring to have a paper trail lodged with them. It’s quite likely they will tell me to ignore you, but at least our written conversations will be on record.
All the best
On 11 July 2016 at 12:39, Kevin McDougall wrote:
Believe me. You have a great deal more to worry about by involving the police.
If you give me the crime number you were quoted, I’ll be happy to discuss the matter with them.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 12:35, Kava wrote:
Well, I suppose if the Police deem in not a threat, then it cant be, but I am still awaiting a response from them. I’m quite happy to involve them, as you suggested.
All the best.
On 11 July 2016 at 12:27, Kevin McDougall wrote:
Sorry, but you’re mistaken. It is not a threat.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 12:24, Kava wrote:
“However, the consequences of your allowing this to occur will be felt.” Kind of sounds like a threat.
On 11 July 2016 at 12:21, Kevin McDougall wrote:
Let me be abundantly clear.
As long before, I do not consider Kava as competition to Blackbird. Have no grudge against you, Svetlana or your business. I don’t even talk about you. Why? Because my determined efforts to bring some degree of success to Blackbird are self-evident by it’s busyness, it’s entry in the Good For Guide and the many favourable TripAdvisor advisor reviews it garners. And thus, I have absolutely no reason to put you or your business down, because it does not matter to me at all.
I may not particularly like you, but I would not do what you have done, or have allowed to be done. It’s evidently you that has the problem Dale.
And crucially, I do not make threats.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 12:09, Kava wrote:
Well, here’s my conundrum. As we are now listed as open, I was going to remove the post as its now irrelevant, and I like to tidy up outdated stuff.
Problem is that you might now think thats down to you, which it isnt, so we get caught in a testosterone fuelled situation, because we clearly dont like each other.
You can threaten as much as you like, it has no impact on me.
On 11 July 2016 at 11:59, Kevin McDougall wrote:
I have not and would not EVER allow Blackbird’s Facebook page to be used to smear and damage the reputation of any other business or individual whether directly or by implication as is the case here. It is truly vile to do so!
You are allowing this to happen and continue to do so, quite deliberately I would imagine, since you choose to be obtuse about rectifying the situation.
I have NEVER wronged you, Kava or Svetlana, not once. And your maturity in dealing with this matter is a great deal more in question than mine.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 11:52, Kava wrote:
Thats it? Seriously.
On 11 July 2016 at 11:49, Kevin McDougall wrote:
On 11 Jul 2016, at 11:47, Kava wrote:
They will be “felt” ooohhhhhh Grow Up.
On 11 July 2016 at 11:44, Kevin McDougall wrote:
Clearly. However, the consequences of your allowing this to occur will be felt.
It was mentioned, however neither I nor Blackbird need to be explicitly mentioned for an offence to occur, especially when there is historical evidence of myself and my business being much more directly targeted by this individual.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 11:36, Kava wrote:
But I’m not a responsible person, I am in your words an ” utter bastard”.
Pity the police weren’t interested. Cant be arsed to check the thread, but fairly sure Blackbird wasnt mentioned.
On 11 July 2016 at 11:25, Kevin McDougall wrote:
The police will not be contacting you as being the person responsible for any offences, which may also include those covered by The Malicious Communications Act. However, I will be pointing out that you allowed the offences to occur. I already have much evidence of the person (whom I have never even met) conducting a lengthy hate campaign over several years, which has recently been reignited.
I do not want you to post anything at all about Blackbird. What i want you to do is remove the offending comments, which any responsible person would have already done unless they were happy to see them being posted.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 11:18, Kava wrote:
Please do make it a police matter. I’ll expect them to contact me in due course.
I’ll ask people on the thread not to write negative reviews about Blackbird and post your concerns there. Although this may draw attention to yourselves, as I did not name any person or business.
All the best
On 11 July 2016 at 10:59, Kevin McDougall wrote:
You’re allowing it to happen Dale, and are therefore complicit!
You’re allowing customers to conduct a hate campaign on your page. Allowing them to suggest that they write negative reviews of Blackbird.
Two of the people commenting are sincerely disturbed and I’ve been a victim of their deeply malicious nature several times own the past.
Frankly, I’m inclined to make this a police matter vis-a-vis offences under the Protection From Harassment Act.
Should any suspect negative reviews subsequently appear on TripAdvisor, I will report them with screenshots of the thread and hold Kava entirely responsible for those reviews by allowing people to make those kind of suggestions on it’s page.
I took the photographs of the signage to send to Rhian, since I found it amusing that you could make petty comments about two A-boards and then put up yet other piece of signage.
On 11 Jul 2016, at 10:37, Kava wrote:
Didnt say it was you, you need to get your paranoia under control. Interesting what you say about Bear though, I thought it was a workers cooperative, but the ownership hasnt changed for 20 years?
One thing I do strongly suspect, was that when our illuminated sign went up, you were taking a picture of it, then it was reported to planning. This of course might be coincidence, and planning wouldnt give me the name of the single objector, but when I suggested the complaint was on commercial grounds, they dismissed the complaint.
I have never considered Kava to be a rival business. Firstly, because it isn’t even open during Blackbird’s busiest service periods. Secondly, it’s not regularly turning customers away because it is full to capacity, and thirdly because as you say it is a different customer base.
No, I do not know the reviewers you find so difficult to accept criticism from. I was talking with a regular customer who said I should look at your management response.
Your comments below about hygiene rating (irrelevant anyway as 95% of issues rectified), your comments on Tripadvisor and on your website, reveal your antipathy very clearly.
The comments on the website are particularly revealing. The irony being that your anti-Bear remarks seem to overlook the fact that you have eaten at Blackbird yourself!
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