Quote: Originally Posted by Tews
He should have done the gig, collect the money and donate it to people that needed it ... if he were really serious, other than that I agree with John... a very empty gesture..
Without degenerating this thread into a political discussion these things are much more fairly - even if at times a bit more brutally executed in the USA. The legal process is usually clear and followed even if some might not agree with it.
In the UK there's no regulation (or almost none) on the activities of these types of businesses and a lot of them are run by people who have had almost every other business license revoked by trading standards legislation.
Techniques like "Home" Visits, incessant nuisance phone calls, threatening behaviour more akin to the "traditional mafia" and almost every other scam you can think of are common place - and these companies in the current market climate get even more desperate to go about their business - often far outside legal processes.
People have a right to collect money owed but this must be done in a fair and LEGAL manner via the COURTS - that's what they are there for - - and unfortunately in todays environment there are people who through no fault of their own simply CAN'T pay up the often ludicrous amounts demanded by these sort of organisations and their extortionate fees.
The Celeb in question himself has first hand experience at the hand of these sorts of organisations which is why I APPLAUD him for his action.
He wasn't saying DON'T pay debts -- just drawing attention that this was a business model he wouldn't support.
After all would you as a Cancer charity for example purchase shares in Gallaghers / Imperial Tobacco/ Philip Morris etc etc.
(I'm not advocating Banning Smoking or whatever - BTW).