Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Letters from Egypt: Cries from a Hurghada Evacuee

The private jet taken while refusing to pay employee salaries. What wasn't private? The Facebook page and album where this was posted
A previous blog featured Revolutionary Deals and Steals, highlighting a Hurghada club owner’s evacuation via a private lear jet while refusing to pay employee salaries in their entirety.

The owner’s significant other posted on her Facebook on February 8 a photo album titled “Private Jet to Sharm.” So when my blog surfaced yesterday, her Facebook begin echoing sentiments like, “Certain people should make absolutely sure of the facts before going to print!!!”

I agree.

So to the particular person – and you know you’re reading this – you may click the link located at the side of my blog and personally email me the facts as you see them. I’m all for equal representation and I would personally love to hear your side of the story as I’m sure all your fiancĂ©’s poor employees would too. However, be warned that should you decide to take me up on this phenomenal offer, the privacy that you recently had with names being withheld will be made for public record (almost like your Facebook – you should probably change those privacy settings).

Even if friends of the jet owner and the ride was free (all the way to the UK? Really? Why stop in Sharm first? So many questions, so little time), did you ever think about the slight that album was to your fiance’s employees? What other shady business practices go on? From what I’ve heard – a great deal. Something should also be said when former employees have reposted this blog.

How about that time when a new bar was being built in El Gouna (near to Hurghada also located on the Red Sea) and staff salaries were cut as well because there wasn’t enough funding? I’m under the impression as far as business matters are concerned that if you can’t afford the first place (or three), then you don’t try to build another one because it will take even longer to reap a RoI – in case you don’t know, that’s the abbreviation for return on investment. If you’re unfamiliar with financier terms, you may sign up for a financial word-a-day from www.Investopedia.com – I know the owners and they do actually treat their employees with respect while paying ENTIRE salaries on time.

Would UK labor laws allow this? Why do you think it justified to conduct yourself here in such a way? This was a main focal point to the revolution and people like this Hurghada business owner should be reprimanded. Have fun getting away with that in the UK, US or any other industrialized country. You wouldn’t even be able to afford an economy ticket on the cheapest airline after the many lawsuits you would surely incur.

Furthermore, let’s discuss the affects the revolution had on Hurghada. Tourism went down, understandably, but during the protests – did you feel your life was in danger? Not only did I receive word from friends residing in the resort town, here is something from ExpatForum posted by j4hurghada:

“With living in Hurghada through all the disturbances in Cairo, Alex and other places in Egypt, Hurghada is calm and has been through the protests. All flights were cancelled except UK airlines and Moscow. Hurghada now is like a ghost town with tourists leaving. ”

Here’s another summation of events (or lack thereof):

A resident of Hurghada for six years, Andree de Jong recounts that there were no tanks but a number of armored military vehicles. He said, “There is nothing wrong so far. Cairo is 500 km away. I see on television what the rest of the world [sees], a far-from-my-bed-show almost.”

However, there were tanks in Sharm el-Sheikh as well as former President Hosni Mubarak. And yet you feared so much for your life in Hurghada that you had a pit-stop in Sharm, again, on that FREE private lear jet?

Please remember, the more you complain about my blog, the more exposure it gets and so too your story. Sometimes it is best to just let things be.

And one final note, as more protests and strikes are getting underway demanding equality in the workforce, it might be best to keep a low profile in such uncertain times. I’m sure the Ministry of Labor might not be so favorable upon their next visits to your establishment(s).

Treat others as you would have them treat you. Karma can be a very unpleasant thing.

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