The mys­tery of the miss­ing ear­rings

Sunday World - - News - AMANDA NGUDLE

THE ink hasn t even dried on their mar­riage cer­tifi­cate and al­ready Faye Peters and her pub­lisher hus­band, An­thony Vaughan, are hav­ing drama.

A man who works for La Res­i­dence, a lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel in Fran­schhoek, where the cou­ple spent their hon­ey­moon week­end last month, has ac­cused the cou­ple of hav­ing put the en­tire staff un­der the stress of theft in­ves­ti­ga­tions and poly­graph tests be­cause of a pair of ear­rings that were never lost

The cou­ple said they lost a pair of ear­rings worth R30 000 dur­ing their stay at the ho­tel.

The ho­tel em­ployee said: We were all so stressed out [about the miss­ing ear­rings] that some of us were scared to take their days off, fear­ing that to do so would im­pli­cate them. We feared we would fail the test. It was hor­ri­ble.”

Speak­ing to Sun­day World this week, Vaughan said his ac­tress bride did lose the ear­rings and that they were not go­ing to take the loss lightly, given the price tag.

We ad­vised the gen­eral man­ager as soon as we re­alised they were miss­ing and gave him as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble re­gard­ing the loss,” said Vaughan.

He in­sti­gated a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and search for the ear­rings and un­for­tu­nately they could not be found.

We were happy that ev­ery­thing that could rea­son­ably have been done was done.

The ear­rings were of par­tic­u­lar sen­ti­men­tal value to Faye. They were part of a set, with a ring and pen­dant. Af­ter mak­ing a claim on our in­sur­ance, I m happy to say we have been paid.”

But for the staff put through the poly­graph tests, this was lit­tle com­fort.

The ho­tel pays good salaries and we feared we might find our­selves job­less af­ter the or­deal.

No one failed the tests. All that suf­fer­ing was for noth­ing. The ear­rings were never found,” said the staff mem­ber.

And then there s the is­sue of the new­ly­weds ho­tel book­ing, which seems to have caused con­fu­sion among the staff.

The ho­tel sent the bill to Flamingo Pub­lish­ers, Vaughan s pre­vi­ous em­ployer, where he had been in charge of life­style mag­a­zines.

But Vaughan left Flamingo in 2008 to start his com­pany, Me­dia Nova.

An ex­ec­u­tive at Flamingo, who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied, said the bill had been quickly set­tled for rep­u­ta­tion rea­sons

Flamingo and La Res­i­dence have a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship and we un­der­stood the source of their con­fu­sion,” said the ex­ec­u­tive.

But Vaughan said his stay at the bou­tique ho­tel was a busi­ness deal and he would fea­ture the ho­tel in the wed­ding is­sue of his mag­a­zine.

The is­sue was sched­uled to come out early this month, but is yet to hit the shelves.

The hon­ey­moon week­end drama is not the only thing Vaughan has had to deal with lately.

His Me­dia Nova com­pany re­cently went into liq­ui­da­tion, leav­ing scores of un­paid em­ploy­ees.

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