The World's Unluckiest Traveller

Clayton "Plughead" Cosgrove - TrougherClayton Cosgrove must be the world’s unluckiest traveller.

He lost his luggage an unbelievable three times. Fancy that, three times. I don’t know any people who are seasoned travellers that have lost their luggage more than once in their considerable flying experience and Clayton Cosgrove has had his lost three times.

Strangely too the luggage never ever turned up again.

Now anyone I know who travels on business and that includes me when I travelled around Asia almost permanently for two years in 1999-2000 who is travelling with suits and in Business Class always takes their suits on the plane with them in a suit carrier as part of their two piece cabin baggage allowance.

No one puts their suits in the rear with the gear, not if they are serious about looking good.

Surprisingly though, Clayton Cosgrove managed to lose his suit carrier three times.

When in Canada in May that year, Mr Cosgrove bought a $1,674 suit on his Ministerial credit card after losing his luggage. He also spent $56 on a tie and $61 on a shirt and socks to go with his new suit .

A spokesperson for Mr Cosgrove said insurance later reimbursed this expense.

On the same trip, Mr Cosgrove spent $712 on a taxi, apparently for a five-hour trip. Mr Cosgrov’es spokeperson said the trip included three official meetings and a a stop to buy the replacement suit.

In preparation for the Canada visit, Mr Cosgrove had bought a $265 cabin luggage bag from upmarket Wellington Department store Kirckaldie and Stains and a NZ$56 Montreal Lonely Planet book from Borders in Montreal.

Mr Cosgrove’s office said the cabin bag was purchased for a staffer and has since been returned to Ministerial services.

In 2007, he travelled to Guyana to attend the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting and back via New York and Washington DC. He was accompanied again by his wife and an advisor.

Again Mr Cosgrove lost his luggage and was forced to buy more on his Ministerial credit card. He clocked up $749 on his card to replace it. This was also covered by insurance.

A note on the records suggests there is missing receipts and “despite best efforts to obtain required documentation, this staff member has now resigned and according to form has been very uncooperative”.

Don’t you just love these bastions of the workers rights blaming all the cock-ups on staff mistakes. Will none of them except Shane Jones take responsibility for their own actions. Clayton Cosgrove was just using the taxpayer to refresh his wardrobe.

These guys simply don’t want to be held to account for using the taxpayers as a piggy bank or payday lender. It is time for some to go.


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