A couple of years ago I emailed a shooting magazine with a funny story about a Dutch nun in full religious robes in the beating line of our local little shoot. I bet some of the guys on the shoot for a beer that the letter would win 'letter of the week',... and it did! - so now I have a lovely pair of Hunters wellies. However it took quite a few phone calls and emails to actually get the wellies sent to me - I had to chase it up with some tenacity.
Quite recently I emailed the Editor of another shooting magazine to express my disappointment with the tone and subject of his Editorial comment which didn't serve the shooting community well from a PR point of view. This email was not meant for publication but the magazine made it 'Letter of the month' without asking my permission - I wasn't too happy because it included my political views as well as a statement of my economic position in society which I considered a private matter. However the damage was done and it was published as letter of the month, and I was promised a bottle of something alcoholic.
Yes, you can guess where this is going: I never received the bottle, and emails to both the Editor and the magazine reminding them that I never received the promised booze have disappeared in cyberspace - I never had a reply.
- So, should I name and shame this magazine and the Editor?
- Should I make this a poll?
- Should I share the bottle (if it ever arrives!) with everybody who guessed which magazine and which Editor we are talking about?
- Will this magazine take out an injunction against me to stop me from naming and shaming them?
- Will the editor and all the staff have been too busy to reply and sent me that bottle, because they are all far too busy enjoying the Corporate Hospitality from the three Premium Brands they always heavily promote? (Starting with S, Z and B)
- Do I infringe anybody's Human Rights by raising this important matter?