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1 December, 2005

Betrayal of trust

It's well-known that there were major problems with Fish's web store and mail order business in 2004 and into 2005, which caused many people to lose confidence, which in turn has seriously affected his credibility and livelihood.  For legal reasons, it has been impossible for him to explain the situation, but that's been finalised, and Fish has made an announcement.

In short, Fish fans, and even more so, Fish, were the victims of deliberate fraud by his ex-office manager, Kim Waring, who stole at least £68,000. Haddington Sheriff Court found against her last month, and Fish is also pursuing her for £100,000 in damages.

I want to help spread the word that the problems had a specific cause rather than the store itself being unreliable and have been resolved. Fish has had a different office manager, of proven ability, since June/July, and the mail order business is apparently working well now.
More than most artists, income from his own retail outlet determines the viability of Fish's future career, so I urge people to give him the benefit of doubt and do buy from him again.

[Via Tim.]

Comments

I kept meaning to buy his latest album and Internal Exile (which was stolen from me) from his web site, and I kept forgetting. I'm glad I didn't. But now I can. It sucks that this might hurt him in his career, because he's definitely worthwhile.

Posted by Greg Burgas at December 2, 2005 12:02 AM

Reading between the lines, I get the impression that orders of 1-2 albums were allowed to go through, as cover; it was the orders worth 100+ that 'went missing'.

I understand Fish replaced virtually all of the verifiably 'misplaced' (no pun intended!) orders at his own expense, so relatively few customers actually lost out, they just received their goods months late.

Posted by NRT at December 2, 2005 08:55 AM
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