Don’t just f**k it up, Thomas Cook it up!
Now it’s feared Chua is not alone.
Even the Crown Prosecutor in the case admitted he doesn’t know if there are “hundreds or thousands” more Victorino Chua’s out there lurking in the shadows.
Is it really now the case that all you need to obtain a job in the NHS is to be some kind of a dab hand with a photocopier and an ability to cut and paste? ONLY lawyers could make money out of the deaths of two kids.
And only insurance firms could stoically look the other way while a family is torn apart by grief.
It sounds awful – and it is awful – but that’s precisely what happened in the case of poor Bobby and Christi Shepherd.
They were on a Thomas Cook holiday to Corfu with their parents when deadly carbon monoxide fumes seeped into their villa.
The bodies of Bobby, six, and Christi, seven, were found by a chambermaid the next morning. Dad Neil was in a coma nearby.
Last week an inquest jury ruled that Thomas Cook breached its duty of care to the family, returning verdicts of unlawful killing of both children. Announcing those verdicts, the jury foreman noted that the holiday giant’s health and safety audit of the hotel complex was inadequate.
What happened next made a nation’s vomit rise.
Thomas Cook claim they’ve written to Mr Shepherd and his ex-wife Sharon Wood to apologise.
Yet neither Mr Shepherd nor Ms Wood has received any such letter.
Worse still, the company issued a mealy-mouth statement that, despite the jury’s verdict, effectively abdicated itself of any blame. And then, to add heaped insult onto absolute injury, Thomas Cook chief exec Peter Fankhauser revealed they had received a £3million settlement from Louis Group, the hotel owners.
Half of that money went to their insurers. The other half was “in respect of legal fees”.
Under the glare of unfavourable publicity and as their share price began to crash, Thomas Cook then said it was donating the £1.5m for legal fees to the children’s charity UNICEF. It was too little, too late.
Calls to boycott Thomas Cook began to spread online and it may yet prove to be the company’s downfall.
What struck many, though, was the amount of money these unnamed lawyers were allowed to charge for their services.
Seriously, how on earth can you a rack up a bill of £1.5MILLION and keep a straight face?
They strut and stride as if the world depends on them – but the stark reality about lawyers is that where there’s death, divorce, agony and pain, there’s always a man in a pin-striped suit standing by, clocking up his fees.