The mystery of the missing earrings
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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