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# 137938 13-Dec-2013 19:22
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I am not in any position to judge anyone

What I want to know is - a high ranking person was given freebies of significant monetary value ...

Was he wrong for taking them or were the givers wrong for 'bribing' (looking for a synonym that implies a lesser evil) him for who knows what?

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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  # 953398 16-Dec-2013 23:05
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scuwp: If companies want to give special custom (i.e. discount burgers for the Police or an upgrade at a hotel) then as far as I am concerned that is completely the companies own business. If the discount was solicited however that's a different story.

I saw the recent HN promotion offering discounts to emergency service workers - didn't hear anyone up in arms about that being a 'bribe'! I don't see how a hotel offering a regular client an upgrade as a strategic business decision to keep or get more custom as any different.

Good clients get extra benefits sometimes - that's life.

Storm = teacup IMO

It is nothing like your Harvey norman example.
the difference is that emergency workers are not in a position of power to decide things like resource consent, rates, local legislation etc etc.

there is nothing wrong with the hotel giving Brown an upgrade and nothing wrong with him accepting it.  What he should have done though was declare it.
Can you imagine the accusations that would flyif that hotel had applied for resource consent for, say, some kind of convention centre and Len Brown used hispower to force it through, then it later turned out the hotel had been gifting him free upgrades all the time, free chips to gamble in the casino etc.

the rules are around gifts over $300. IF any individual upgrade was worth more than that he should have declared them. End of story.

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